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(2008)

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When the film was released, director Mathieu Kassovitz called it a "bad episode of 24 (2001)." In an interview with amctv.com, Kassovitz said that Twentieth Century Fox interfered throughout production, and he never had a chance to shoot a scene the way it was scripted, or the way he wanted it to be.
The round Sigil Tattoo seen on Vin Diesel's neck is known as "The Gate of the Necronomicon" and is protective, symbolizing Man, the Creator and The Watchers.
The film had to be bailed out by the studio's insurance company, after running over-budget and falling significantly behind schedule.
Vin Diesel dropped out of the lead role of Hitman (2007) to star in this movie.
The movie got almost no promotion, due to a feud between Mathieu Kassovitz and Fox studios over the final version.
Was not screened for US critics.
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In March 2007, the film crew in the Czech Republic took a two-week hiatus to deal with uncooperative weather, such as the lack of snow, and problems with set construction.
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Mathieu Kassovitz developed the film adaptation for five years.
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The Cyrillic tattoo on Vin Diesel's left hand reads "SLON" ("Elephant") which stands for "Solovetsky Lager' Osobogo Naznacheniya" (Solovki Special Purpose Camp), one of the earliest GULAG's encampments (1923-1933). Later, this tattoo was popular among criminals, with a new interpretation: "Smert' Legavym Ot Nozha!" (Death for Cops From a Knife!).
The aircraft on which Toorop, Sister Rebeka and Aurora are flying to NY is a Boeing-787 "Dreamliner". This is the first appearance of this airplane in a movie. However the interior shot shows them sitting on seats most likely belonging to the cabin equipment of a Boeing-737.
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Mathieu Kassovitz described Vin Diesel as "a completely idiot actor".
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The film is based on the novel "Babylon Babies" by Maurice G. Dantec.
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French actor Vincent Cassel was initially sought to be cast in the lead role.
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Mathieu Kassovitz later released a documentary called Fucking Kassovitz (2011) covering the production.
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According to Mathieu Kassovitz, Vin Diesel was astounded at how much the film had been shortened. Having just completed production of Fast & Furious (2009), he had not seen a cut of the film in six months. He joked, "Am I even in the movie any more, or am I on the cutting room floor?"
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Lambert Wilson was cast late in production.
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Mathieu Kassovitz originally intended the film to be highly ambitious. However, Twentieth Century Fox interfered with production all the way through, preventing Kassovitz from shooting scenes as he intended, sometimes even going against the script.
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Vin Diesel was cast by Fox against Mathieu Kassovitz's wishes.
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A lack of snow meant a skiing sequence to be shot in Eastern Europe had to be moved to Sweden.
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Fox severely cut the film's running time to 93 minutes. It is reported that 70 minutes were cut, although Mathieu Kassovitz claims that it is closer to 15 minutes.
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Adam Lambert was thrown into the movie late in production.
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Oakley products were used throughout the film. Vin Diesel uses an Oakley Icon Backpack 2.0 and Factory Pilot gloves, and an assortment of Snow Frame goggles in the snow bike chase are on all the actors. Although they never made it on the final cut, there is a still photo of Dieel, on the DVD case, wearing Oakley O-ROKR mp3 glasses, slightly modified, after he is fixed by the doctor, who brought him back to life.
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