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Taylor Kitsch received training from real Navy SEALs as a part of his preparation for the film.
For legal reasons, all the marijuana plants in the film are artificial. The production designers visited legal medical marijuana growers to get the details right.
Oliver Stone instructed Blake Lively to take firearm training for her role. Despite not being experienced at the gun range, she hit center mass in her first three shots.
Taylor Kitsch performed his own stunts.
The character of Elena is loosely based on Mireya Moreno Carreon, the first known Mexican female cartel boss.
Jennifer Lawrence was originally cast as O, but pulled out in order to star in The Hunger Games (2012). Before Blake Lively was cast, Olivia Wilde, Abbie Cornish, Amber Heard and Teresa Palmer were considered, and Lindsay Lohan expressed interest.
Oliver Stone cast Taylor Kitsch after watching his performance in footage from Battleship (2012), which was still in post-production at the time.
Uma Thurman, John Travolta's costar from Pulp Fiction (1994) and Be Cool (2005) was cast as "Paqu," O's mother, but her scenes were cut from the movie.
Jake McLaughlin who plays Doc, is a real life Iraq war veteran.
Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana were considered for the role of Elena which went to Salma Hayek.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Garrett Hedlund and James Franco were considered to play Ben.
Oliver Stone began working on the screenplay adaptation before the book was published. So confident he was of this story that he himself contributed to investing in the project.
The funny jingle and ringtone that La Reina uses is the theme song of one of the most famous and popular shows in the history of Mexican TV: El Chavo del Ocho (1972).
Oliver Stone wrote the role of Magda's boyfriend for Trevor Donovan after the part he had originally auditioned for was cut out.
Although this is the sixth time that Fernando Lara and Oliver Stone have worked together, it is Lara's first credited appearance in a Stone film.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Paqu," the name of a character in the film that was cut from the mainstream release.
Third time that Gary Stretch has acted under director Oliver Stone.
Originally scheduled for a Fall release, the opening date was immediately moved to July following the first screening for the studio.
Chon cutting a guard's artery with a knife while asking for the time was one of the tactics told to Taylor Kitsch by his real life SEAL technical advisor.
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Not only did Demián Bichir and Benicio Del Toro co-star in Steven Soderbergh's movies on Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, but Oliver Stone had previously filmed several interviews with Fidel Castro, whom Bichir played in the Che Guevara films. Gonzalo Menendez also played Castro in The Lost City (2005)
This is Oliver Stone's first film in nearly 17 years to be photographed with Panavision anamorphic lenses. After Nixon (1995), his 2.35:1 films were cropped to that ratio via shooting in Super 35. He was convinced to return to anamorphic by cinematographer Dan Mindel, who has shot all of his features except Domino (2005) in the format. Mindel told Stone during their first meeting that if the plan was to shoot in Super 35 or digitally, then he wasn't the right man for the job.
All three of the lead actors have starred in comic book films. Blake Lively appeared as Carol Ferris in Green Lantern (2011), Taylor Kitsch played Remy Lebeau (Gambit) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
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The title of the movie doesn't appear until after the opening credits.
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Director Cameo 

Oliver Stone: appears as a dancer on the France cardboard skit.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The "fantasy" ending is the literal ending of the book, in which there is no indication that it was a fantasy. The line "live like Savages, beautiful Savages" is accordingly in the novel the last thoughts of Chon as he lies dying.

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