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(2006)

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Instead of using CGI, Darren Aronofsky chose to do the special effects for the film by using micro-photography of chemical reactions on tiny petri dishes. He has said that CGI would take away from the timelessness of the film and that he wants the film to stand the test of time.
Warner Bros. refused to do a director's commentary for the DVD release, so Darren Aronofsky recorded one in his living room and released it on his website.
Of the 70 extras cast as Mayan warriors, 20 were actual Mayans flown in from Guatemala. Fernando Hernandez, who played the Lord of Xibalba, was the only one who could speak English. Before shooting at the Mayan pyramid, the Mayan actors blessed the set.
Hugh Jackman had to shave off all of the hair on his head and chest for scenes in the last third of the movie.
Both Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman agreed to work on the film at a reduced rate.
Tom's last name is Creo which is Latin for "I create." Creo also means "I believe" in Spanish.
In early 2002, writer/director Darren Aronofsky cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the central leads of Tom and Izzi with a budget of $75 million. During pre-production, Pitt and Aronofsky were having major creative differences, so Pitt left to film Troy (2004) instead and the film was shut down, and the sets and props built in Australia were auctioned off. In early 2004, with a smaller budget of $35 million, Aronofsky cast Hugh Jackman as Tom and Rachel Weisz replaced Blanchett as Izzi. Warner Bros., who had invested 20 million dollars in the canceled version, agreed to finance the new, cheaper version.
The score, composed by Clint Mansell, is played by the Kronos Quartet and the Scottish rock band Mogwai.
Darren Aronofsky did not shave his beard till production was finished, a tradition he started while shooting Pi (1998).
When the first version of the script was shelved and production was halted Darren Aronofsky rewrote the script and re-envisioned the film. The first version of the script was turned into a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams and released as a soft-cover and limited edition hardback book. The final version of the film, with its reduced budget and new leading cast, made extensive use of unique non-CGI special effects to save on production costs and give the picture a more "organic" feel.
Aronofsky approached Hugh Jackman backstage during his performance of The Boy From Oz. The next day, the actor agreed to star in the film.
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The group of stars that appear in the movie is the Orion constellation, and the Xibalba Nebula is known in astronomy jargon as Messier 42, M42, NGC 1976 or Orion Nebula, located at 1270 light-years approximately from the Earth.
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A piano and vocal interpretation of Clint Mansell's "Stay with Me" theme was originally recorded for the end credits, with Justin Skomarovsky on piano and Antony Hegarty (of the group Antony and the Johnsons) on vocal. Director Darren Aronofsky, though satisfied with the piano arrangement, didn't feel that Antony's lyrics consummately reflected the film's message and narrative. Ultimately, Aronofsky discarded the song and opted instead to record Skomarovsky's piano arrangement with veteran Hollywood pianist Randy Kerber.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Izzi Creo (the version of her name on her grave) is a close phonetic translation for "Y sí, creo," Spanish for "And yes, I do believe".
In Genesis 3:24 it is stated that the Tree of Life is guarded by a cherub wielding a flaming sword. The Mayan high priest in the movie also guards the tree of life, wielding a flaming sword.

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