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Thomas Jane declined the role of Joey Gazelle due to scheduling conflicts. Paul Walker was a second choice.
Wayne Kramer was shocked to find out that the movie got the R rating on the first submission. He states in the DVD commentary that he thought that he would get NC-17, but he luckily didn't.
Most of the bloody gunshot wounds were done with squibs, with a handful of CGI one also added. In the commentary, Wayne Kramer mentions that Bruce Altman was terrified of the squibs because he's never been strapped to them before.
Paul Walker's brother also appears in the film. In an early scene the path of a bullet is re-traced going from one house to another - the Paul Walker character appears in each house. The Paul Walker character sitting at the dinner table in one house is actually Paul Walker's brother.
The medicine bottle that Oleg uses to find the address of Dez and Adele's apartment is a prescription for Zovirax, a medication used to treat Cold Sores.
In the script, Joe (Paul Walker) plays Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" on the car radio for Oleg, but the filmmakers were unable to secure the rights.
When Edele enters the security code at the front door of the apartment, the sound of the numbers pressed results in the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
Mads Mikkelsen was originally cast as Anzor 'The Duke' Yugorsky.
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When Oleg says he listens to "Kvasha", this is a direct reference to not only the music type, but also Oleg Kvasha who first played for the NHL team Florida Panthers back in 1996. The first name "Oleg" also happens to be Cameron Bright's character's first-name: Oleg Yugorsky.
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One of the main characters' name (Joey Gazelle) played by actor Paul Walker could be derived from a character in the graphic novel 'Stray Bullets' where Joey (Gazelle) is a little kid in a criminal domestic environment.
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The character of Detective Rydell (played by Chazz Palminteri) is an inside joke by writer/director Wayne Kramer as a tip of the hat to the film THE COWBOYS. The character of Anzor in the film is obsessed with the John Wayne film THE COWBOYS, specifically the part where John Wayne is shot in the back by Bruce Dern, which later becomes Anzor's own fate. The director of THE COWBOYS was Mark Rydell - therefore, Detective RYDELL.
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Tom Sizemore was originally cast in the role of Pimp Lester.
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This is the second film starring Cameron Bright to feature a clip of John Wayne getting shot. In Running Scared, the clip is from The Cowboys (1972). In Thank You For Smoking (2005), the clip is from Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
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A mini comic book adaptation drawn by PJ Loughran was included in the Region 1 DVD releases by New Line Home Entertainment.
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Tommy's death scene was supposed to be a little more gory. Wayne Kramer wanted Tommy's guts to fall out of his stomach but he feared that he would have gotten the NC-17 rating.

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