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Jessica Biel inadvertently destroyed a camera, costing more than $300,000, when she fired an arrow directly into the camera's lens. She was directed to "aim for the camera", which had a Plexiglas shield in front of it to protect it, except for a small opening in front of the lens. Biel had perfected her archery skills while training for this role to such a degree that when she fired the arrow - at a distance of approximately 50 feet - at the camera, as she was directed, it went directly through the lens and into the camera itself, destroying it. The footage of the incident is included in the DVD extras.
According to Patton Oswalt, the production was so troubled that Wesley Snipes refused to speak to David S. Goyer and often would not come out of his trailer.
An early idea by David S. Goyer for the film was to be set many years after the events of Blade II (2002), where vampires finally had achieved world domination and enslaved all humans, with Blade being the last hope for humanity. Blade's slower aging could be explained by his vampire blood. The storyline was deemed too dark and was later dropped.
Wesley Snipes and 'Kris Kristofferson', who at the time had become good friends after working on the two previous Blade-installments, were reportedly unhappy with this movie and with David S. Goyer's script decisions. They felt that too many new characters were added to the universe, and that Blade did not need any sidekicks besides Whistler.
Ryan Reynolds gained 25 pounds of muscle for his role as Hannibal King.
Blade II (2002) director Guillermo del Toro passed on the film when Hellboy (2004), his dream project, was greenlighted.
One of the television commercials for the film was recalled after one day of airing because it accidentally credited Jessica Biel as Jessica Alba.
The car Blade drives in all three movies is a 1968 Dodge Charger modified with UV lights behind the front grille as well as numerous switches inside the car. After the movie the car was purchased by a man in Vancouver who kept the car virtually the same except for adding a 440 under the hood.
Wesley Snipes has less than a hundred sentences in this movie, including one-word sentences (which make up a majority of Blade's lines) and even onomatopoeic sentences, like Blade's "goochie goo" to the baby he saves.
After this film, the live action film rights went back to Marvel Studios.
Stephen Norrington had at one point considered returning to direct this film. But he changed his mind after reading the script which he didn't like
Even though it's the third movie in the Blade series, this was the first movie to have the Marvel Studios logo at the beginning of the movie (Blade is a Marvel comics superhero).
Triple H (aka professional wrestler Paul Levesque) impressed the producers with his work ethic and camera presence. New Line insisted that extra lines be written in the script to make his role bigger.
The vampire "final Solution" in this film originally came from an idea in Blade (1998), the first film in the trilogy. In a deleted scene Deacon Frost shows Karen Jensen a prototype of harvesting human bodies. This can be found on the "Blade" DVD.
Dominic Purcell (Drake) did all of his stunts in the sword fight sequence against Blade.
Hannibal King's line to Blade, "You might wanna try blinking", was improvised.
There was much on set drama between Wesley Snipes and director David S. Goyer in regards to certain decisions made with the film. This is evident in the making of featurettes as Wesley Snipes has little to no participation.
An early idea of David S. Goyer was to include not only Hannibal King, but a female character called Rachel Van Helsing from the Tomb of Dracula comics, but then he heard about the movie Van Helsing (2004) and decided against it. He ended up creating the character of Abigail Whistler, Whistler's daughter, in her place.
EASTER EGG: On the special features, disk click up and when the vampire hieroglyphics is highlighted then Click it to access a hidden movie
When Hannibal King is telling Blade about the return of Dracula, he shows Blade a copy of Tomb of Dracula #55. Marvel's "Tomb of Dracula" comic was the early-1970s title which included the first appearances of Blade (#10) and Hannibal King (#25), both written by Marv Wolfman.
After the car crash that ends the opening chase scene, one of the benches at the bus stop in the background displays a poster with the word "esperanto" on it. Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) and the newspaper vendor are speaking in Esperanto, with English subtitles provided. The scene on and in the police headquarters is in both English and Esperanto. The movie watched by Hannibal King when he is recovering from his wounds on the boat is Incubus (1966) with William Shatner, which was shot in Esperanto. The Esperanto League for North America was contacted and asked to provide the necessary translations for the movie.
The name of the talk-show host, "Bentley Tittle", is a reference to horror writer Bentley Little.
The opening scene with the helicopters in the Syrian desert was originally scripted to be in Iraq. However, consultants pointed out that, at the time, unmarked helicopters would have either been shot down by the U.S. military or shot at by Iraqi insurgents. Goyer changed the scene to Syria.
Having just been saved by the Nightstalkers, Blade ridicules his rescuers as "rookies" and asks them if they think of the vampire hunt as a "sitcom". At that moment, the camera cuts to Patton Oswalt, who had been a cast member of the sitcom The King of Queens (1998) for several years. In addition, Ryan Reynolds was one of the stars of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998) and Jessica Biel played one of the daughters in 7th Heaven (1996).
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel was once under consideration for the job of directing the film, but could not due to a conflict with another film. He directed Downfall (2004) instead.
The film crew was forced to be selective in their shots for various green-screen segments because neighboring stages were being used for the filming of I, Robot (2004) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and those sets would sometimes appear within the frames (and edited out later).
Colin Farrell was offered the role of Hannibal King, but turned it down.
The sets used as the vampire's high-rise lair are still in use in the sci-fi TV show Stargate: Atlantis (2004).
According to Goyer on the commentary, he says that 'Christop Heyerdahl' offered to speak with a Norwegian accent. Goyer consented but stipulated that Heyerdahl maintain the accent throughout production. Heyerdahl was said to be convincing enough, that Snipes even believed Heyerdahl was Norwegian. Coincidentally, Heyerdahl would later play "The Swede" on Hell on Wheels with a Norwegian accent.
The old barge that the Nightstalkers use as their lair, was originally a floating McDonald's Restaurant built for Expo '86, held in Vancouver.
This is the only film in the series where Blade does not get a massive infusion of fresh blood before fighting his last battle.
The girl in the vampire gift shop is wearing a tank top featuring Phil Campbell of Motorhead, the band that recorded Paul Levesque's (aka "Triple H", who plays Jarko Grimwood) theme music for the WWE.
The Nightstalkers call their anti-vampire bioweapon "Daystar". Daystar was also the name of the production company behind Incubus (1966), which is briefly shown during the film.
This marks David S. Goyer's directorial debut for a major motion picture.
The Security Team members in the Vampire's lair are all wearing black Vforce Armor paintball masks with smoke lenses, (to obscure the eyes from the camera,) and without the sun visor section.
Blade only kills 42 vampires, making this his lowest of the series, Whistler however kills 14 vampires, making this his highest of the series.
Series Trademark: [sunglasses] The sunglasses worn by Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel) are Oakley Half-wires. The brand made many appearances in the trilogy, mostly in Blade II (2002). This has been attributed to Wesley Snipes' love of the brand. Oakley sunglasses also make regular appearances in the Blade: The Series (2006).
The PDA used at the beginning of the movie is a PalmOne Tungsten T3.

Cameo 

Gabriel Beristain:  The film's director of photography appears as the one-eyed newspaper vendor speaking to Whistler.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Blade and Whistler return to find Sommerfield dead, the phrase "Immortality will come to such as are fit for it" is painted in blood on the shower curtain. This is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The full quote reads: "Immortality will come to such as are fit for it; and he who would be a great soul in the future must be a great soul now."
A deleted alternate ending had Abigail and Hannibal fighting a werewolf/vampire hybrid in a casino, possibly setting up for a Nightstalkers spin-off feature film.

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