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(2005)

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Almost all of Mark Wahlberg's lines were improvised. Garrett Hedlund had difficulty improvising his lines, so Director John Singleton and Mark Wahlberg helped him through it.
The bathroom scene took two days to shoot. For twelve hours a day, Mark Wahlberg rested his bare bottom on a cold toilet, Garrett Hedlund stood in a hot shower, and Tyrese Gibson wore nothing but a robe. Mark Wahlberg had to be helped off the toilet at the end of each day, and Garrett Hedlund's skin peeled and pruned.
Three of the brothers are played by musicians turned actors: Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark), Tyrese Gibson (Tyrese) and André Benjamin (Outkast). Ironically, Garrett Hedlund plays a musician.
Most of the teasing with Jack was improvised by Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund.
All of the snow seen in the movie, including the falling snow, is real.
During the Thanksgiving dinner, only Bobby does not "see" Evelyn. This is due to Bobby refusing to accept her death.
Ethan Hawke, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck all turned down the part of Bobby. Ethan Hawke loved the script, but could not commit to it, because of scheduling conflicts. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both said no, because they found the script to be "ultra-violent".
Based on the Henry Hathaway western The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) starring John Wayne and Dean Martin.
The shot of the mother being killed was altered. Originally, a big cloud of blood flew out of Evelyn. John Singleton thought that this would be too much for the audience to handle.
During the scene at Johnny G.'s bar, in which the brothers are drinking Jack Daniels whiskey, the actors are actually drinking concentrated apple juice.
The brothers' house was shot in a gritty neighborhood of Hamilton, Ontario, an industrial city near Toronto. It nearly burned down shortly after shooting finished.
Pre-production for the film included teaching the four actors how to ice skate for the hockey scenes. Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund were the only leads that already knew how to skate.
Mark Wahlberg liked this script so much, he signed on before a director was hired.
The squibs in the Mercer house shoot-out were originally meant to be more bloody, but due to a mix up with wire working, they appear tame.
During the shoot, temperatures never exceeded 24 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the Mercer House Shootout, there were over 450 squibs rigged throughout the house, all of which resulted in debris and glass falling on the actors.
Garrett Hedlund's tattoos took two hours to apply.
The Mercer brothers' age in order from oldest to youngest is also the same order of the actors who portray them in real-life. The oldest is Mark Wahlberg (6/5/71) as Bobby Mercer, then Andre Benjamin (5/27/75) as Jeremiah Mercer, followed by Tyrese Gibson (12/30/78) as Angel Mercer, and finally Garrett Hedlund (9/3/84) as Jack Mercer.
Sofi (Sofía Vergara) was originally written for an Asian actress.
There were plans for a sequel called Five Brothers.
The frozen lake scene was shot on Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto.
The car chase scene was mapped out using Hot Wheels toy cars.
John Singleton said of the film, "This is one of those 'Saturday Night Special' movies." You have a good time... and enjoy it for what it is."
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Mark Wahlberg's line, "They killed Cornbread!" Is a reference to the film Cornbread, Earl, and Me (1975).
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It's strongly hinted (but not confirmed) that Jack Mercer (Garrett Hedlund) was constantly molested and sexually abused as a foster child before being adopted by Evelyn.
DIRECTOR_CAMEO(John Singleton): Appears as the goalie during the hockey scene on Thanksgiving.
The word "fuck" is used 62 times throughout the movie.
There's never any mention of Bobby having a girlfriend or a job. John Singleton wanted Bobby to be as "stripped down" as possible.
Co-Screenwriter Paul Lovett started working on the script right after his grandmother died. Lovett wrote a lot of his own feelings into the scenes.
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Brad Pitt and Vin Diesel were both considered for the role of Bobby Mercer.
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John Singleton cast Fionnula Flanagan because of a resemblance to his English teacher.
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Bobby calls Angel a "Jarhead", which is a slang term for a U.S. Marine.
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Almost the entire soundtrack comes from the early 1970s, what John Singleton calls the "dark years" of Motown.
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Larenz Tate turned down the role of Jeremiah.
Bradley Cooper was considered for the role of Bobby Mercer.
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Jack sings "Plastic Jesus." Paul Newman sang it in Cool Hand Luke (1967) when Luke's mother died.
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Denzel Washington was In talks for the role of Victor Sweet.
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Jeremy Renner was considered for the role of Bobby.
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This movie was inspired by Dirty Harry (1971) and Death Wish (1974).
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Mark Wahlberg plays a character named Bobby Mercer. There was a baseball player named Bobby Murcer, who famously played for the New York Yankees during parts of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Wahlberg is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, the rival team of the Yankees.
This is the second movie in which Mark Wahlberg portrays a character whose name is a derivative of Robert. The first is The Perfect Storm (2000), in which he portrayed Bobby Shatford; the third being Shooter (2007), in which he portrayed Bob Lee Swagger.
The movie was released 22 days prior to Garrett Hedlunds 21st birthday.
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Betty White was considered for the role of Evelyn Mercer.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the first draft of the screenplay none of the brothers die. In the second draft, Jack is killed. The screenwriters thought that it would add more of an intense dislike for Victor Sweet, and a more emotional state of the rest of the brothers.
When Jack is shot in the legs, Garrett Hedlund actually fell into the telephone pole, hitting his head. After the second take, his head was bleeding.
The rosary Bobby is seen wearing on the lake is Jack's. Jack can been seen wearing it during the shoot-out.
In the original screenplay, Angel carried Sofi upstairs during the shootout, and placed her into a steel tub. John Singleton liked the idea, but it was dropped due to time.
The music playing in the background when Green confronts Fowler at Sweet's bar is "Smiling Faces" by Motown band The Undisputed Truth. It's a song about being wary of two-faced people, as trusting them will only lead to betrayal.
For the scene in which Jack is shot, Garrett Hedlund wore more than ten squibs in his legs. In the final cut, only four are seen going off.

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