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Kevin Spacey does his own singing.
Kevin Spacey was 44 years old when he made this movie, an age the real Bobby Darin never reached.
When the film was being planned by Paramount, executives thought that Kevin Spacey was too old to portray Bobby Darin, who died at 37, and wanted Leonardo DiCaprio instead.
As research for his role of pop crooner Bobby Darin, Kevin Spacey attended several of Michael Bublé's performances.
In 1987, Bruce Willis was set to play Bobby Darin.
The project took 17 years to be realized during which time six A-List writers and 20 producers were involved at one point or another.
The lead was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio who chose to do The Beach (2000) instead.
Initially, Barry Levinson was set to direct.
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At one point, Barry Levinson wanted Johnny Depp for the lead role.
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Sandra Dee passed away from kidney failure less than two months after this film was released.
Drew Barrymore was considered the role of Sandra Dee.
The lead role was offered to Tom Cruise who rejected the script.
During the song "Some of These Days", Kevin Spacey says "ah, do it, Sophie", as Bobby Darin did in the original recording. This is a reference to Sophie Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", who first recorded the song on February 24, 1911, and later re-recorded it in 1926.
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The Writers Guild of America, after sorting through the mess of writes, rewrites, and re-rewrites, decided that the screenplay is credited to Kevin Spacey and Lewis Colick who worked on it back in 1987 when Warner Bros. hired him.
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The James Toback draft which followed an earlier draft by Paul Attanasio concentrated on Sandra Dee's alcoholism and childhood molestation by her stepfather. This draft was then given to Lorenzo Carcaterra. His draft, the last before Warner Bros. and Barry Levinson left the project, was 164 pages long.
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Many writers have requested WGA not to associate them with credits for the screenplay. Some of them include Tom Epperson and James Toback who worked with Barry Levinson.
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Paul Schrader was also once attached to direct the movie.
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Andre Schneider auditioned for the part that later went to Vinzenz Kiefer.
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Paul Anka, Johnny Rivers and Burton Cummings were considered for the role of Bobby Darin in the film's early development.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Around 30 minutes in, Bobby says playfully to Mary Duvan: "How is it you are Sandy's mother and not her sister?" This foreshadows what Bobby later learns about his own family.
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