Director Wayne Kramer's original cut was 140 minutes long, but despite having the right to final cut, this film's producer agreed to be involved in editing the film down to two hours when Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened to release the film straight to DVD, and bypass theatrical altogether (Kramer had nothing to do with the re-editing).
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Sean Penn reportedly demanded that his small supporting role be cut from the picture after complaints about the "honor killing" subplot from Iranian-American groups. Although Penn subsequently claimed the decision was a creative one "of which he was aware," Harvey Weinstein claimed that Penn demanded the part be cut through his agent.
When the immigration officers are interrogating Claire Shepard (Alice Eve), there is a brief mention of IMDb. In order to get an American green-card, Australian Claire affirms she's a famous TV star in her origin country; therefore, she could get a visa for outstanding accomplishment and become an American citizen. However, the agents later tell her they've searched her career profile and, "according to The Internet Movie Database, the only Claire Shepard that matches her spelling, age and place of birth has two credits on little known Aussie TV shows."