Deja Vu (2006) Poster



Dr. Denny's line, "I need more cowbell", is a reference to the Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" sketch in Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken/Christina Aguilera (2000), during which Christopher Walken demands "more cowbell" in the song.
Near the end of the car chase, Doug originally said "Jesus" after first seeing Oerstadt's face. This caused the audience at the first preview screening to erupt into laughter, as Jim Caviezel, who played Oerstadt, is famous for playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ (2004). This unintentional reference had gone overlooked by director Tony Scott; he had the line removed from the film before its release.
The movie went through pre-production in New Orleans. Just a few weeks before production was to begin, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. With the location in ruins, the movie made the decision to find a new location to shoot. A few weeks after the decision, canceling the movie altogether was in talks. Finally, three months after the hurricane, the film returned to New Orleans, Louisiana and began pre-production once again.
While working on the film, first assistant cameraman Michael S. Endler learned that his father, Gerald Endler, had died. As a tribute to Gerald, a former special effects technician who had actually worked with many of this film's effects crew decades earlier on other projects, Michael was allowed, on the day of shooting the ferry explosion, to place some of his ashes on a gasoline-filled water jug that would be blown up as part of the pyrotechnics of the sequence (which was referred to on call sheets as the "Stumpf Ferry Gerald Endler Memorial Pyro Blast").
Tony Scott and Val Kilmer had shirts made for the crew that said "Malcolm X, Jesus Christ, and Jim Morrison: Deja Vu. How Can We Fail?" Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), Jim Caviezel played Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ (2004), and Kilmer played Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991).
Jim Caviezel decided, at the last minute, to do the stunt where he is hit by a car himself. If injured, he could have been paralyzed.
Elle Fanning has a part in the film. Denzel Washington and Tony Scott worked with her sister Dakota Fanning on Man on Fire (2004).
Scriptwriters Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii didn't feel Tony Scott recaptured everything in the screenplay. They felt he was more interested in the action scenes, rather than the intricacies of time travel. They wrote a plot that was airtight, but in Scott's hands, the finished product is now filled with plot holes. Rossio was so disillusioned with Deja Vu (2006), he's never seen the film. Scott also admitted he did a mediocre job directing the film, but blamed that on the nineteen-week production schedule, which wasn't as long as he wanted.
Disaster relief teams, who helped through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, were recruited to help make the film. The end credits pay tribute to their bravery.
The ferry explosion was the biggest stunt ever filmed in New Orleans. They were very environmentally conscious about it.
The third time Denzel Washington and Tony Scott have worked together. They would collaborate on two other films before Scott's death in 2012. Its also the first film Scott, Washington and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have worked on since Crimson Tide (1995), and the last film Scott and Bruckheimer would work on after six collaborations.
There is almost no profanity at all in the film.
Tony Scott, Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, and Jim Caviezel held a news conference upon their arrival to New Orleans to announce their intention to employ the local New Orleans community and incorporate post-Katrina New Orleans into the film.
The first Tony Scott film to be rated PG-13 since Days of Thunder (1990).
The original setting for the film was Long Island, New York before Tony Scott changed it to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Val Kilmer noted that one of the reasons he wanted to work with Denzel Washington, was that his kids once went to the same Los Angeles school as his own two children.
The film makes use of surveillance technology similar to Tony Scott's earlier film Enemy of the State (1998). A lot of the equipment is real.
United States Navy personnel from several area commands, served as extras.
The lab set was built on a sound stage in Los Angeles by production designer Chris Seagers. Seagers wanted to combine a raw-edged, high-tech feel, in which everything is digital, and state-of-the-art; yet have exposed cables, wires, and ducts, to provide a sense of reality.
Denzel Washington enjoyed a brief break during the production, to congratulate his son on signing with the St. Louis Rams, on May 1, 2006, as an undrafted free agent.
This is the second film about the past and present overlapping with one another that Jim Caviezel has been in. The first was Frequency (2000).
Stephen Tobolowsky was considered for the role of Carroll Oerstadt.
The radio disc jockey heard announcing the time (10:48) at both ends of the film is ''Shotgun Tom' Kelly' of K-Earth 101 FM, Los Angeles.
When they are initially looking back to Claire's house, as the camera is identifying and zooming in on, and through, her front door, you can clearly hear a set of tones that are identical to the tones that come from the computer display in Gaff's spinner in Blade Runner (1982) toward the beginning of that film. Ridley Scott, who directed Blade Runner (1982), is the older brother of the late Tony Scott.
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New post-Katrina Louisiana legislation provided a 25 percent investors rebate for this film, plus 10 percent employment credit for local hires (unless the salary exceeded one million dollars).
Denzel Washington considers his character the voice of the audience.
Tony Scott wanted Paula Patton's dress to look as if it had burned its way into her skin.
The first person to see the script was Jerry Bruckheimer.
The 23rd most successful film worldwide of 2006.
Jim Caviezel was nervous about performing some of the stunts in the film, but he just decided to put his trust in the stunt people.
The ATF is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in New Orleans. It is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice. They protect the community from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use trade of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson, bombing, and terrorism, and the illegal division of alcohol and tobacco products.
The scenes with the talking technicians take up forty minutes of the film.
This script, co-written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, was started by Marsilii in 1997.
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The crew also worked with the city's New Orleans EMS using their EMS units old and new. The EMS personal were also hired to play background extras. All but 3-4 of the EMS personnel seen in the movie are Real NOEMS personnel. The entire EMS personnel wore their own uniforms. Also the Director of EMS was used as the EMS consultant.
The crew worked with the Port of New Orleans, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Orleans Levee Board, West Jefferson Levee District, and numerous local residents in preparing for the production.
When filming the explosions in the fish camp scene, the camera crew were so close to the flames, they wore Navy style anti-flash gear.
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The Humvee driven by Doug, is based on a real-life robot Highlander built by Carnegie Mellon's Red Team for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
The cast and crew of the movie, who did not live in the immediate area, stayed at two of New Orleans' signature properties, the Renaissance Pere Marquette, and the Renaissance Arts, for the duration of the filming.
In the film the scientists describe how they caused the northeast blackout of 2003 in order to produce enough power to fuel their time machine. In reality, it would take more energy than our Sun will produce in its entire lifetime in order to not only create but maintain an Einstein-Rosen bridge of such size and capability.
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The Hummer was an all terrain vehicle during the chase scene, something Tony Scott insisted on.
This movie focuses on a ferry bombing orchestrated by the character played by Jim Caviezel. Caviezel also starred in Person of Interest (2011), where a ferry bombing is a pivotal event.
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