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Cate Blanchett wore a sock down her trousers to play Bob Dylan. The actress said it "helped me walk like a man."
Colin Farrell was originally cast as Robbie Clark. He dropped out of the film to admit himself into rehab for a dependency on back pain medication. Heath Ledger replaced him. Farrell would later take over for Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) after Ledger's death.
Singers John Doe and Mason Jennings provided the singing voice for Christian Bale's character and Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement fame) provided the singing for Cate Blanchett's character. Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw don't sing at all in the film. Ironically, both Bale and Gere have sung in movies before.
Todd Haynes needed to get approval from Bob Dylan to use his music, since (unlike in his Velvet Goldmine (1998) where David Bowie did not give his permission for his music) he felt the film would not work without it. At the encouragement of Dylan's manager, Haynes wrote a one-page summary of his concept and the characters, which Dylan approved. It took another 6 years to get the film made due to funding difficulties.
Todd Haynes noted that when he got his favorite actor and actress, Christian Bale and Julianne Moore, together to shoot the still photographs early on in the film, how different their acting styles were. Moore kept joking and laughing with Haynes and only a few photos could be used where she had a straight face, while in every shot the more method-based Bale appeared serious and intense.
Different sections of the film were inspired by different cinematic sources. The "Jude" section was inspired by (1963), the "Billy" section was inspired by the so-called "hippie westerns" of the late 60s and early 70s (such as Sam Peckinpah's films) and the "Robbie" section was inspired by the films of Jean-Luc Godard, especially Masculin Féminin (1966).
Director Todd Haynes never met Bob Dylan.
The man in the viking outfit and café Wha? seen in the beginning sequence of the film are all references to Bob Dylan's first experiences playing music in New York city. The man in the viking outfit was Moondog, a blind poet Bob Dylan was associated with, and café wha? was where Dylan began playing music in New York. All of this information is shared in Dylan's book "Chronicles volume I".
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In the "Jude" storyline, when Jude Quinn is revealed to have originally been Aaron Jacob Edlestein in high school, the picture shows Christian Bale although the "Dylan" in this storyline is played by Cate Blanchett.
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Kris Kristofferson, who narrates the film, is a friend of Bob Dylan. They were both in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973).
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Of the 6 leads or "Dylans" in the film, only young Marcus Carl Franklin (as "Woody") can be heard on the soundtrack. However, singer/actors Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jim James and Richie Havens also both act in the movie and on the soundtrack.
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This is the first film starring Christian Bale & Heath Ledger together before The Dark Knight (2008) in which Christian Bale played The Batman & Heath Ledger played The Joker
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Adrien Brody and Colin Farrell were in talks to play two of the incarnations of Dylan in the film early in pre-production.
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After considering a proposal to shoot the film in Romania (due to it's inexpensiveness), Todd Haynes decided to shoot the film entirely in Montreal.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Jude.
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The final film starring Heath Ledger to be released during his lifetime.
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