Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) Poster


To accommodate the film's 30 million dollar budget, George Clooney had to convince Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore to lower their asking prices.
Both Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore worked for a scale salary of $250,000 as a favor to their friend, director George Clooney. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon cameoed for free.
George Clooney's directorial debut.
Sam Rockwell was George Clooney's first and only choice to play Chuck Barris.
Most of the scenes were done in one take. The NBC lobby scene, and The Dating Game (1965) montage are done completely in one take; the actors ran around to get into position.
The clip from the The Newlywed Game (1966) is a real clip. It was long thought to be an urban legend and at one time even the host came to believe it was not real.
Scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman felt dissatisfied with the way George Clooney treated his script. He commented: "I spent a lot of time working on the script, but Clooney wasn't interested in the things I was interested in. I've moved on, and I've no animosity towards him, but its a film I don't really relate to." Clooney acknowledged he made changes, because there were 'funky scenes' that never would have got the greenlight for a studio film.
The Central Intelligence Agency has denied that Chuck Barris ever worked for them.
David Fincher and Bryan Singer were both considered to direct. Singer initially accepted, but had to withdraw when the entire cast of X2 (2003) became available for production to begin on that film. Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, and Johnny Depp were all considered for the role of Chuck Barris. Depp stayed on as executive producer.
The film was spoofed in a brief article in The Onion entitled "Movie Marketed as Six Different Genres" ("a romantic comedy, a spy thriller, a Hollywood satire, a straightforward biopic... a strange, Being John Malkovich (1999)-esque mind-bender," and a chick flick).
George Clooney's father Nick Clooney used to direct TV game shows. He derived experiences from watching them backstage for making the film.
After his training, Chuck says goodbye to "Jack" and "Lee." Considering popular conspiracy theories regarding the John F. Kennedy Assassination, this is clearly a tongue-in-cheek reference to Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald.
David O. Russell was offered the film to direct but turned it down, deciding "that it was just not about anything but a guy who liked to fuck girls and say that he shot people in the head".
A tour guide says that her favorite television show stars Rosemary Clooney, aunt of director George Clooney. Rosie's recording of "There's No Business Like Show Business" plays over the end credits.
Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Patricia Wilson, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Hours (2002).
In the credits Matt Damon's character name is given as Bachelor Matt and Brad Pitt's as Bachelor Brad.
Two of the trainees at the CIA training camp are named "Ruby" and "Oswald". Oswald is the one whose gun jams on the rifle range.
Reunites much of the cast from the previous year's Ocean's Eleven (2001): George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell also starred together in Charlie's Angels (2000) and Everybody's Fine (2009).
Russell Crowe, Edward Norton and Kevin Spacey were attached to the role of Chuck Barris at various stages.
Julia Roberts worked on the set for six days.
Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Chuck Barris.
This was originally set to star Mike Myers in the lead with P.J. Hogan directing.
Renée Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow were considered for the role of Penny Pacino.
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The car Chuck uses in East Germany is Soviet VAZ 2102.
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Only the second movie in which George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt appear together. The trio is together in charity events and are also close friends.
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George Clooney started a relationship with Krista Allen after the film was finished. They broke up two years later.
Features four actors from the Batman films. George Clooney played Batman in Batman & Robin (1997). Drew Barrymore appeared in Batman Forever (1995), Rutger Hauer appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in The Dark Knight (2008). In addition, Barrymore's and Gyllenhaal's characters are both romantically involved with Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
The film's cast includes five Oscar winners: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Akiva Goldsman; and one Oscar nominee: Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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