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NBC would not lease out the actual Late Night with David Letterman (1982) footage where Harvey Pekar finally lashed out at David Letterman, so the scene had to be recreated with actors.
The jacket that Paul Giamatti wears for Harvey's first Late Night with David Letterman (1982) appearance is the exact same piece of clothing that we see the real Harvey Pekar wearing on the TV.
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All of the "white room" documentary scenes were filmed in one day.
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Rob Schneider and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered for roles.
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Jonathan Demme had tried to adapt a film version of "American Splendor" in the 1980s, but the project never came to fruition as Demme wasn't an established director.
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When Harvey Pekar first guest stars on Late Night with David Letterman (1982), Joyce is in the waiting room with a man with an alligator (Terrence Sullivan). This was originally intended to be a cameo by John Waters.
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Gary Dumm:  longtime American Splendor artist is the gray-haired man getting his copy of "Our Cancer Year" autographed.
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Ted Hope:  voice on answering machine from Late Show with David Letterman (1993).
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