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The diner scene near the end of the film was not in the script. It was improvised on the spot by the actors.
The fight scene between Saul (James Franco) and Carol (Rosie Perez) was for the most part improvised. Because of this, Franco was worried that he would hurt Perez and would ask her for permission to do certain things during the fight. In the end, Perez actually did get hurt and got a bruise after Franco accidentally bit her too hard on the thigh, but Perez didn't tell him until after filming was done so he wouldn't feel bad.
When James Franco smashes the bong over Danny McBride's head, it was supposed to be a fake, break-away bong so McBride could take part in the stunt. However, it was filled with some water and when Franco actually smashed it, McBride was mildly hurt.
Seth Rogen originally wrote the part of Saul Silver for himself to play, it wasn't until the table read that he realized James Franco would be funnier in the role of Saul.
As he is handing Dale some guns, Red (Danny McBride) says, "Ted Jones messed with the wrong melon farmers." This is a reference to the common network television practice of dubbing over "swear" words with less "objectionable" words or terms that have a similar sound and length - even if the replacement words don't really make sense in the context of the movie. "Melon Farmers" was used most famously as the dub for "Mother F***ers" in the network television version of the Die Hard series of movies (in which lead character John McClane's famous catchphrase, "Yippie-kai-yay, Mother F***ers!," became "Yippie-kai-yay, Melon Farmers!").
The first marijuana-themed comedy to gross over $100 million worldwide.
James Franco's line "It smells like God's Vagina," was actually originally improvised by Seth Rogen. James Franco told him it wasn't funny, then used the line in the next take.
While filming the scene in which Saul runs into a tree, James Franco became overzealous and actually ran into the tree causing him to get three stitches.
Seth Rogen told the April 25 issue of Rolling Stone that the filmmakers originally wanted a budget of $50 million but was only able to secure $25 million due to the drug-heavy subject matter.
Seth Rogen was a guest on The Howard Stern Show (1990) on August 11, 2008 and he told Howard Stern that he wrote the script in 2001. However since he was still relatively new it wasn't until his performances in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Knocked Up (2007) that the script was approved.
Saul's grandmother was not part of the original script. James Franco came up with the part, suggesting that it would be funny for his drug dealer character to have a Bubbe.
Rosie Perez convinced the director, David Gordon Green to cut most of her dialogue out, telling him it would make her character's crooked side more effective.
Dale asks "Where should we go?", Saul answers "I dunno, hotel, motel, Holiday Inn?". These words are part of the 1970s hip-hop song 'Rapper's Delight' by Sugarhill Gang.
"The Asians" depicted in the movie are Koreans.
The word "fuck" and its derivatives are said 180 times.
Judd Apatow told the newspaper "USA Today" that James Franco read Homer's ancient epic "The Iliad" during breaks on the set.
Seth Rogan had to practice yoga to be more limber for the more physical scenes in this movie
During a July 2008 interview with the Orange County Register about Pineapple Express, the interviewer told Seth Rogen and James Franco that he prepared for the interview by watching the classic stoner comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) the night before. When he asked Rogen and Franco if they prepared likewise before making this film, Franco said he prepared by making out with Spicoli (a reference to his having shot Milk (2008), in which he and Sean Penn play lovers).
The red slurpee Saul spills over the windshield of the cop car was darkened in the trailer after it was discovered that audiences were mistaking it for blood.
Shipped to some theaters under the title "Easy Job".
Producer/writer Judd Apatow says that the inspiration for this film came from watching Brad Pitt's drugged-out character Floyd in True Romance (1993). Kevin Corrigan appears in both films.
The place where Saul and Dale are held hostage is where the beginning of the movie takes place underground. In the back of the room you can see the water suit in which the people used when testing the effects of marijuana.
Writer's Trademark: Clark County.
Olivia Thirlby was cast as Angie Anderson but was replaced by Amber Heard after rehearsals.
The name of the mouse that wins the race in Stalag 17 (1953) is "Snicklefritz".
Seth Rogen rolled every cross-joint in the film himself.
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James Franco's character carries a Taconic High School duffle bag in almost every scene of the movie. Taconic High School is a public school in Pittsfield, Mass. The schools mascots are "The Braves" and the colors are green and yellow.
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The photo of the Asian hitman killed by Ted is stuntman Simon Rhee.
Budlofsky always wanting to get home to his wife, was actually the motivation Kevin Corrigan used when playing the character, as he wanted to get back to his wife and child.
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When Dale and Saul are trying to escape Ted's hideout, one of the scuba suits from the beginning can be seen hanging up.
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