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(2005)

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Scenes of Adrien Brody sobbing in the body drawer were real. Brody had asked director John Maybury to keep him locked in even when they weren't filming so he could get the feel of the character's despair. Eventually, Brody lost it during filming and Maybury caught it on tape.
The Jacket is based on the story "The Star Rover" by Jack London which in turn was based on his interviews with Ed Morrell, who whilst in prison at San Quentin was tortured, often with a very tight straitjacket which constricted his chest, breathing and blood flow. In order to cope with this he quickly learned self-hypnosis similar to what Jack Starks goes through.
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According to director John Maybury, the love scene between Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley was longer, but was cut because American test audiences did not like the scene, which included nudity.
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Keira Knightley credits the food poisoning she had during her audition for landing her the part of a sickly alcoholic.
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The scenes in the mental hospital were shot in the former Bangour Village Hospital, a disused insane asylum, in West Lothian, Scotland, near Edinburgh. As The Jacket was released, several other film scouts expressed an interest in the hospital building as a location, but the area had already been earmarked for housing development. Since then, the housing development has been scrapped, and Bangour Village Hospital still stands as it did at the time of filming, and continues to attract ghost-hunters as certain of the patient villas are believed to be haunted.
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During the opening credits there is video and audio of army footage. Some of this is footage of an actual U.S. Apache helicopter night engagement in Iraq, in which the U.S. military attacks and kills several insurgents. This footage can be viewed on Youtube.
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Adrien Brody did sessions in an isolation tank, performed prison exercises, and went on a protein diet for his role as war vet Jack Starks.
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During filming of the key flashback scene, where Angelo Andreo playing Babak the Iraqi Boy shoots Adrien Brody in the head, the boy is actually aiming at one of the extras, Tom Burke, who played the Humvee gunner. Adrian Brody, realizing he wouldn't actually be on camera for that shot had escaped to his trailer for a break.
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Lady Anne Lambton was originally cast as Nurse Harding. During principal photography, she fell ill with pancreatitis and was unable to continue filming.
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Mark Wahlberg and Colin Farrell were both considered for the role of Jack Starks before Adrien Brody landed the role.
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Keira Knightley flew in from the set of King Arthur (2004) to audition for her part.
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At one point, Training Day (2001) director Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct.
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