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The bumper sticker on Kemper's van reads: "Nothing is true / Everything is permitted", a reference to the movie's "Based on actual events" claims.
On his final day of shooting, Eric Balfour stripped down, threw his wardrobe back to the crew, and walked off the set only wearing a baseball cap.
There's a homage to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) regarding each film's leading ladies Erin (2003) and Sally (original). In the remake, Erin pulls out a knife to unpick a lock. When asked where she got it from, she replies "from my brother". In the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sally's brother Franklin is obsessed with his knife, and at one point in the film gives it to Sally. She never returns it.
During the scene in the van with R. Lee Ermey (The Sheriff) and Jonathan Tucker (Morgan), Tucker forced the gun down his throat in order to make himself vomit every take. If you watch carefully you can see him spit the vomit out of his mouth in the scene.
In the original script, the character Jedidiah was going to wear a Felix the Cat T-shirt throughout the movie. This was later scrapped because the copyright holders of Felix the Cat wouldn't allow it. However, the novelization of the movie features the character wearing the shirt. Also, Jedidiah was going to be killed by Leatherface by slicing his chainsaw through his back because he let Erin and Morgan go. This was later scrapped because the filmmakers thought it was too intense.
Dolph Lundgren was first considered to play Leatherface, but he turned them down so he could spend more time with his family.
Gunnar Hansen was asked to play the role of the trucker in the end of the film.
A then unknown John Larroquette provided the narration in the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Despite becoming a distinguished actor in the years since, he happily agreed to reprise his role for the remake.
A deleted subplot detailed Erin being pregnant, which was why, when they went to Mexico, she didn't "drink the water" or "smoke the weed", as they talked about in the final cut.
Lauren German, who plays the Hitchhiker, originally auditioned for the role of Erin.
Erica Leerhsen screamed so loudly during her screen test that people in other parts of the building called the police to report that a woman was being attacked.
Some of the big plot changes made in the remake: 1. It is actually not mentioned nor implied that the family is cannibalist. One of the symbols of the TCM movies was the big dinner scene where all the family tries to eat their victims. 2. The whole family has changed. Now there are 7 members of the family, plus famous "grandpa" from the first four movies is not included here.
In the third movie of TCM that came out in 1990 there was supposed to be a scene where Leatherface takes off his mask, but to keep the R rating they had to cut it out. In this movie, that scene is re-shot and seen.
Erin's last name was supposed to be Hardesty, the same last name as lead character Sally ('Marilyn Burns') from the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
After learning about the remake, Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface) went up to producer Michael Bay at a Christmas party and personally asked him for the role.
In the original script, the Hitchhiker was 15-16 years old. The filmmakers later decided to changed her age to make her about the same age as the principal cast.
In 2002 Marilyn Manson was announced as the composer for this project. He later had to bow out due to conflicting schedules, though.
Banned in Ukraine by the Ministry of Culture.
'Evan Rachel Wood' was considered for the role of the hitch hiker.
The film was made into a haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in both Florida and Hollywood Universal parks.
The severed head of Harry Jay Knowles from Ain't It Cool News can be seen in the basement of Leatherface's house.
Daniel Pearl, cinematographer The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), reprized the position for this movie.
Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes and Jessica Alba were considered to play Erin.
Pepper is the only one of the victims not to see or enter the Hewitt house.
The remake saw is a Husqvarna 359 with a 28" guide bar. These saws are made today and were not available in 1973 Texas.
Actress Marietta Marich (Luda May)came out of retirement in 2013 to film the 8 time international "Best Picture" award winning, suspense thriller House Of Good And Evil, as Mrs. Anderson, with Rachel Marie Lewis and Christian Oliver.


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To avoid an NC-17 rating in the USA, the more graphic shots of Morgan's death were cut. The original version of the scene featured the shot of the chainsaw slicing into his crotch and then having intestines and blood falling out of him. The cut version cuts away when the chainsaw is about to cut him and totally cuts out the intestines falling from his body. The hitchhiker death scene was also cut severely. The original scene has her ear flying off of her head and blood and brain matter being more dark in color and more in amount flying out of her head.
Despite the title, only two people are seen being killed by a chainsaw.
Kemper's death was originally slightly more graphic: after Leatherface hits him in the back of the head with the sledgehammer, he drops to the floor gasping and convulsing with blood pouring out of his head. Pepper's death was also more graphic, originally Leatherface swipes the chainsaw down into her cutting into her stomach. In the final cut of the film the impact is off-screen(you only see Leatherface swipe the chainsaw down, and you hear it cutting into her, with feathers from her jacket floating in the air.

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