Brendan Fletcher was cast for the role of Dickens before Terry Gilliam had ever met him. As said in an interview, he was cast after Terry was so incredibly impressed with his performance he saw on a tape sent to him.
In promotion for the opening weekend of this film, Director Terry Gilliam crashed the ticket line for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996). He signed autographs, told jokes, and took photos with fans, holding a sign proclaiming (in jest): "Studio-less Film Maker, Family to Support, Will Direct for Food". He is quoted as saying: "This is the state of independent film making. You got to get out on the street and beg again." "We have no shame anymore, just out on the streets hustling." "The first weekend is everything, if it doesn't do well the first weekend, it dies."
In the full frame of the theatrical projection of the film, during the scene where Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly and Jodelle Ferland are arguing about going to Jutland, there is a Monty Pythons' record visible on the floor among his collection of vinyls.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The first morning then Jaleza-Rose wakes up in the new house, in the lap of her dead father, she discovers ants in her hand. In accordance with what her father may have felt or believed in, this might have some things to do with the old Scandinavians proverbs about having "ants in the hand", literally meaning "an urge to kill". This scene is the first morning when the viewer might understand that the father is dead.