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The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) Poster

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In a June 2008 interview with The Guardian, Abel Ferrara, who directed and co-wrote the original Bad Lieutenant (1992), said that finding out his movie was being remade was "a horrible feeling", "like when you get robbed", and that those involved in this remake "should all die in hell". He also wondered how Nicolas Cage "can even have the nerve to play Harvey Keitel", and called screenwriter William M. Finkelstein an idiot. Herzog responded that he had never seen the original and had never heard of Ferrara.
Nicolas Cage actually snorted baby powder for the cocaine scenes.
Both Bad Lieutenant (1992) and this film were released on the same day, November 20, in 1992 and 2009 respectively.
Although being promoted as a remake of Bad Lieutenant (1992) during its early production, director Werner Herzog claims that this is not a remake. He says he has never seen the original and therefore does not consider this movie a remake. Additionally, producers seemed to have added "Bad Lieutenant" to the title in order to get a better marketing. Whether remake, re-imagining, follow-up or none of the aforementioned, both movies are clearly connected by the basic plot of following a drug addicted, violent cop during his encounters with crime and sex.
Nicolas Cage claims that he was never under the influence of anything throughout filming, in contrast to Leaving Las Vegas (1995) in which he got genuinely drunk to play an alcoholic.
According to the Werner Herzog, 2,400 cans of decaf coffee had to be used to make the water appear to be river water in the jail scene. They first attempted to use a paint, but it proved to be toxic, then the production team used regular coffee, but the actor absorbed it through his skin.
The original Bad Lieutenant (1992) starred Harvey Keitel, with whom Nicolas Cage appeared in National Treasure (2004).
Star Nicolas Cage and director Werner Herzog have strong connections with F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922). Cage's performance in Vampire's Kiss (1988) was heavily-influenced by Max Schreck's in Nosferatu (1922) and Cage's company Saturn Films went on to produce a movie about the making of Murnau's Nosferatu called Shadow of the Vampire (2000). Werner Herzog directed a remake of the 1922 Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski called Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Nosferatu was based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker and Cage's uncle Francis Ford Coppola directed Dracula (1992).
Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes had previously played love interests in Ghost Rider (2007).
Denzel Whitaker, who appears in this film with Eva Mendes, acted alongside Mendes in his first film, Training Day (2001).
Veteran television writer William M. Finkelstein's first feature film screenwriting credit.

Director Cameo 

Werner Herzog:  The voice of the client leaving a message on Frankie's answering machine.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film begins and ends with shots of animals swimming in water. Not only that, but Nick Gomez is the first person seen on-screen as well as one of the two people at the end of the film.

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