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(2003)

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Received such bad reviews that it was dropped by every UK cinema after only one week.
Jennifer Lopez was paid $12,000,000 for her role, while Ben Affleck was paid $12,500,000 for his. Both of their salaries combined are more than three times the film's overall worldwide gross of $7,266,209.
According to Matt Damon, Ben Affleck twitches whenever this film is mentioned to him.
By its third weekend on release, only 73 U.S. theaters were showing it, down from 2,215 during its first weekend, a drop of 97%. This remains the largest drop in terms of percentage, but is no longer the largest drop in terms of the numbers of theaters shed: the new holder of this title is Meet Dave (2008).
In March 2006 FX Networks started airing commercials hyping the premiere of Gigli on the network. The commercials seemed to play off the negative media attention by including lines like "The most talked about movie you never saw."
Became the first film in the history of the Razzie Awards to "sweep" all the top five categories. Including, Worst Picture, Worst Actor - Ben Affleck, Worst Actress - Jennifer Lopez, Worst Director - Martin Brest and Worst Screenplay - Written by Martin Brest. Essentially making it the Razzie equivalent of It Happened One Night (1934), which was the first film to win the "Oscar Grand Slam" (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay). It also claimed a sixth Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple - Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
Director Martin Brest's final film.
Kevin Smith likes to tell stories about how, whenever he and Ben Affleck are playfully ribbing one another, all Smith has to say to end the conversation is Gigli.
Halle Berry was originally going to act opposite Ben Affleck, but ended up dropping out.
Of all of the primary cast members, the only one who does not curse at all during his scenes is Christopher Walken.
The negative experience making this film cause Martin Brest to retire from directing.
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Second film where Ben Affleck manages to turn a lesbian straight. The first one was Chasing Amy (1997) where Joey Lauren Adams plays his lesbian lover.
Broke the record at the time for the largest second weekend drop in box-office, with an 81.9% drop. This record was later taken over by Undiscovered (2005).
The word "fuck" is used 124 times.
Gigli (pronounced Jee-lyee), is Italian for "lilies" and also denotes a type of short-cut, fluted pasta (also known as Cornetti di bue, or ox-horns).
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The film started out as a straightforward mob film until Columbia, against Martin Brest's wishes, turned it into a romantic comedy to cash in on the relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
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Ranked #1 on the Star Networks' 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004).
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Christopher Walken on director-writer Martin Brest in the film's production notes: "Marty gives you plenty of chances to do your best. It's hard when you go home at night and think, 'I wish we had had that extra take because I could have done it differently, or better or whatever.' With Marty, every night I went home thinking 'I don't know whether it was good, but I certainly did get a chance to do my best.'"
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Ben Affleck on Gigli (2003) in Nov. 2012: Martin Brest is one of the really great directors. Most of what I've learnt that is good comes from Martin - but it just didn't work, in its essence. Also the studio wanted to change it into a love story because they thought, "That's what people want to see because you guys are together now." Which is one of the great miscalculations in the history of miscalculations.[2012]
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Ben Affleck in the film's production notes: "My character is essentially a guy who's living a life he doesn't really feel is his. He's faking it. Underneath his macho posturing is someone who's actually very sweet and very unhappy. The story resonated with me in a way that usually doesn't happen when I read a script. It was extremely strange, unusual and heart breaking. What I didn't see was how funny it was. Then as we played out some of the scenes, I realized that it has a great deal of humor."
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Altogether the film stays nearly 52 minutes in Larry Gigli's apartment, nearly half of the total running time without credits. The interior of Gigli's apartment was built on a soundstage.
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Writer-director Martin Brest worked at Bronx State Hospital during college where he observed the behaviors of various patients. This, he claims, served as the inspiration for the character of Brian.
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On Inside the Actors Studio Jennifer Lopez spoke about how much she appreciated working with Al Pacino on Gigli and that she admired his approach to a scene.
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Jennifer Lopez on director-writer Martin Brest in the film's production notes: "Marty is very nurturing towards actors. When you have a director who rewards you with a kind word or gesture, it is priceless. And Marty would jump up and down and dance around and scream when a take was particularly good. Also, when you're working with a director who also wrote the script, it makes things easier because he knows exactly what he meant when he wrote it, without having any ego about his material. He was only interested in what was going to make the best movie and bring out the best performances."
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Ben Affleck on director-writer Martin Brest in the film's production notes: "Working with Marty, we found ourselves on the same wavelength in terms of the things we think about, our senses of humor and the way we look at the world. He's someone whose passion and enthusiasm for making movies is tireless. He is an artist and a technician and a craftsman, and he is unflagging in his determination. He does many more takes than anybody I've ever worked with. It's a great luxury for an actor because it gives you room to experiment, to go anywhere you want to go. I think he truly loves actors. I know he loves movies."
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

There are many scenes from the trailer that do not appear in the film.
  • 0:07 - Talking with Larry's mother.


  • 0:11 - Larry in a jumpsuit, walking toward man in car. Ricki and Brian watch from other car.


  • 0:17 - Larry talks more with his mother.


  • 0:27 - Brian making noises with a straw in a diner.


  • 1:46 - Ricki in car, in a driving scene not present in film.


  • 2:03 - Ricki and Larry are at some kind of junkyard it seems.


  • 2:06 - Larry and Brian at a diner, talking to one another.


  • 2:10 - Larry putting his hands in his palm, looking kinda sad.


  • 2:12 - More junkyard footage, not to mention Larry mentioning a confession to Ricki in a diner scene not present in the film.


  • 2:16 - Ricki walking away from Larry, looking sad. She has a backpack over her shoulder.


  • 2:21 - More junkyard footage.


This all ties into the rumor that Martin Brest had an original, much more dark and violent 160 minute version of the film. It has been claimed that this cut had Larry being killed at the end by Christopher Walken's character. However, with the tabloid craze of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, the studio forced director Brest into deleting almost 40 minutes of footage and re-writing / re-shooting many sequences to make it a romantic comedy. Unfortunately, there is no news if this original cut will ever be released on DVD.

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