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William Donohue of the Catholic League lambasted the film, and publicly protested against it for months, without actually seeing it. When his office called View Askew and requested a special screening so he could "speak about it intelligently," Kevin Smith responded "So what has he been doing the past six months?"
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When Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier heard Alan Rickman was a Chasing Amy (1997) fan, they asked him to play Metatron. He read the script and came back with two questions, "Would they stay faithful to the script," and "Were the wings real or CGI?"
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Jason Mewes had the entire script memorized before rehearsals. When asked why, he said it was because he didn't want to anger Alan Rickman, and because Kevin Smith took him aside before rehearsals began and said he needed to be on his best behavior and bring his A game to the set.
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According to Kevin Smith on his DVD commentary, Linda Fiorentino was very difficult to work with. Some days, she wouldn't even speak to him. Smith said that in retrospect, he wishes he'd offered the role to Janeane Garofalo.
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Kevin Smith wrote this screenplay before he wrote Clerks (1994), but shelved it because he wanted to do it with proper visual effects.
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The Mooby restaurant's playground was created especially for the movie - it's shaped like a giant meat grinder.
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The hoods worn around the neck of the three angels in the film, Metatron (Alan Rickman), Bartleby (Ben Affleck), and Loki (Matt Damon) represent their haloes.
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The role of Loki was written for Jason Lee, but scheduling conflicts forced him to take on the smaller role of Azrael, and Matt Damon took over as Loki.
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Unbeknown to protesters, Kevin Smith joined one of the Catholic groups that protested his film. He managed to get interviewed by a reporter who recognized him, though Smith managed to stay incognito by giving his friend's name as his own (Bryan Johnson; also present at the protest rally) and telling her that he is often mistaken for the Clerks (1994) director. During the interview, Smith (as Johnson) also made the comment that he kind of liked his (Kevin Smith's) first film.
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Kevin Smith pursued Robert Rodriguez to direct the film. Rodriguez enjoyed the script, but in seeing how personal the story was, insisted that Smith himself direct.
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On the train when Silent Bob grabs Bartleby, Bartleby yells, "Schueler Bob? I'll get you for this Schueler Bob!" Ben Affleck ad-libbed the line, much to the amusement of the cast and crew, intending it to be Silent Bob in German. Kevin Smith left it in, even though Schueler is actually German for pupil.
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In the scene where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are in the gun shop, you can see Ben pick up a knife and play with it. If you continue to watch Ben, you will see him cut his finger. He then recoils with a look of shock on his face. This is joked about in the DVD commentary too.
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Rufus' reply "Know him? Nigga owes me twelve bucks!", when asked if he knows Christ, was one of the few lines ad-libbed by Chris Rock. When Rufus awakens on the train, he says the words "poopy trim", this was not in the script, but had been used in a Kevin Smith film in the past. In Mallrats (1995), when Willam is standing in front of the magic eye poster, he is woken from his trance by Brodie, and he says "poopy trim", and another ad-lib is when Rock calls Silent Bob "biggie". It was originally written as "tubby".
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The Buddy Christ statue that was used in the film is on display (as of mid-2001) at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey, owned by Kevin Smith. Replicas of the statue are on sale at the store and have become one of the store's biggest selling items.
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This is the fourth film in Kevin Smith's intricately interconnected View Askewniverse series. The others are Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Clerks II (2006).
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George Carlin agreed to take the role of Cardinal Glick, but didn't want to remove his wedding band (he had recently lost his wife), so he wore a Band-Aid to hide it. This was actually unnecessary, as Catholic clergy wear wedding bands to signify their "marriage" to the church.
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Alanis Morissette was originally meant to play Bethany Sloan, but was unable to because of her 1998-99 world tour. By the time she was able to work on the film, the role had been cast, so she was offered the chance to play God as compensation.
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Kevin Smith gave himself a puppeteers credit under the name Kevin P. Smith. This was for helping out with the handling of the wings in various scenes.
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According to Kevin Smith, his first choice for the role of Bethany was Gillian Anderson.
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Emma Thompson was going to appear in the film as God, but she backed out before filming began in order to have a baby. Her first child was born in December 1999, just after this film was released.
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First appearance of a Mooby's restaurant in a Kevin Smith film, something that becomes a recurring establishment in future View Askewniverse films.
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According to Kevin Smith, Alan Rickman held on to the maracas all day when they shot the scene in the Mexican restaurant when Metatron shook them after his meeting with Bethany. He started driving the crew and cast crazy playing with them the whole day.
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Due to the controversy of the film, Disney was having doubts about releasing the film, at which point Miramax's Harvey Weinstein personally brought the project from Miramax and sent it to Lionsgate Films.
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In the film, Loki is the angel of death, and Azrael is a demon who wants to cause mischief. In traditional mythology, it is Azrael who is the angel of death, and Loki is a Norse god who causes mischief.
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Kevin Smith originally wanted Danny Elfman to compose the score for the film, but he was unavailable.
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The irony about Catholics and the Catholic League protesting against this movie is that Kevin Smith was raised Roman Catholic, and still considers himself a Catholic. He thanks God in the end credits and mentions that he is raising another little Catholic (his daughter).
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Smith originally wrote a draft of the film in the early 1990s, and planned on shooting it after Clerks (1994), hence the inclusion of that movie's end credits: "Jay and Silent Bob will return in Dogma (1999)". However, he found himself unhappy with the early version of the script, and decided instead to not pursue the project until he became a better filmmaker.
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Among the numerous (reportedly eight) drafts of the script written, the controversy and protests of the film were based on the third draft, which was transcribed and placed on the internet by an unknown source.
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All angels are identically dressed, except for the color of their clothes.
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The role of God was originally written for Holly Hunter. Even though she was not cast, they kept the reference to The Piano (1993) in the script.
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In the opening sequence at the airport, Gwyneth Paltrow was sitting a couple of seats away from Ben Affleck. She is never seen however, and was only there because Affleck had invited her to the set that day as a friend.
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Rufus tells Bethany something no one else knew, about a boy named Bryan Johnson. Bryan Johnson is a friend of Kevin Smith's, and appears in most of his films. Johnson is a writer and director, who directed the first film from View Askew (Smith's production company) not to be directed by Kevin Smith - Vulgar (2000).
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Silent Bob is seen reading USA Today. Kevin Smith met his wife while she was interviewing him for an article she was writing for USA Today.
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Azrael references Hamlet by William Shakespeare: "I need you three to shuffle her loose the mortal coil" from Hamlet's infamous "To be or not to be" soliloquy in Act III, Scene I.
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Character Trademark: Jay says the line "The whole world's against us man, I swear to God". This line was originated in the comics, and was used again in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
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In an interview discussing his heart attack, Kevin Smith stated that following his heart attack, he was contacted by many people he hadn't spoken to in a long time, including Linda Fiorentino, who he hadn't spoken to since filming wrapped. He said he apologized to her over his earlier comments of her being difficult to work with and wishing her role had been cast differently. Smith said: "I was thankful to hear from her and it also gave me a chance to say I'm so sorry that I ever said that thing years ago. It gives you a chance to make amends. So that was my favorite one."
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In the DVD Special Edition, Jay puts on Cardinal Glick's hat, and walks back and forth behind a screen. The hat looks like a shark's fin.
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Kevin Smith had Samuel L. Jackson and Will Smith in mind to play Rufus.
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Several versions of the script had much more uncouth dialogue for the conversation between Loki and the nun. Originally, he told her to take the money she was collecting and get a nice piece of ass. This was changed for the movie to a nice dress. The original was a reference to the book and movie Fletch (1985).
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This film was originally scheduled for a November 1998 release, and to be released by Miramax Films, but due to controversy, the film was postponed for a 1999 release, and the rights were passed on to Lionsgate Films.
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Kevin Smith wrote a lengthy, multi-part blog detailing Jason Mewes' battle with drugs. In it, he describes how Mewes was using heroin during the filming of Dogma, with specific reference to the scene outside Mooby's where The Apostle is telling Bethany, Silent Bob, and Jay his life story. Mewes kept nodding off during takes where he wasn't in the shot, earning himself a telling-off by Smith. Later, during the scene in the bar, where Azrael has them all sitting down and is lecturing them, you can often see Jason Mewes "on the nod". Clearly they forgot to wake him up for the takes with the wide shot.
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After the bus shooting scene Loki gets off and starts saying "Whose house? Run's House!" the chorus from Run DMC's "Run's House."
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Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Adam Sandler were all considered for the role of Azrael. Adam Sandler turned down the role, to work on Big Daddy (1999).
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Loki references Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and claims the novel is a criticism of organized religion. Not only does this cause the nun to abandon her calling, but it is ironic, in that Carroll was a conservative Christian, who openly defended Christian doctrines, and advocated the teachings of Christ. Loki then comments that he enjoys such pranks when directed at the clergy. It can therefore be noted that in the Norse mythology, Loki is a cheeky trickster god.
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The film was picketed by Roman Catholic groups, most notably the Catholic League.
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The Golgothan's first line, "Not born, shit into existence.", is taken verbatim from Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. It pertains to a very disgusting-looking Clayface in that, if you're wondering. The next line, "No man of woman born", is a reference to Macbeth where the title character cannot be harmed by any man born of a woman.
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Matt Damon's character Loki is named after the same god from Norse mythology as Loki from the Marvel comics/cinematic universe. Coincidentally, 18 years later, Damon would play an actor playing Loki in a play in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
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Kevin Smith once happened upon a demonstration against this movie by a group of Catholics. Since nobody recognized him, he simply joined in.
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Shannen Doherty, who played Rene in Mallrats (1995), wanted the role of Bethany Sloane.
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The very distinctive typeface used in the logotype of the film's title and elsewhere is called Exocet Light, and is licensed by Emigre Graphics in Northern California.
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Albert Brooks was offered the role of Cardinal Glick.
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George Carlin (Cardinal Glick) was an outspoken critic of religion, and was an atheist in real life.
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The exterior of The Bootlegger bar was shot in Highlands, New Jersey, Kevin Smith's home town.
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The origins of the Mooby franchise, as related by Loki, include allusions to Mickey Mouse (the bi-coastal theme parks), McDonald's (the fast food restaurants), and various doll lines for little girls like Barbie and My Little Pony (whose creators are mostly known only to fans of the respective franchises).
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Joey Lauren Adams was considered for the role of Bethany.
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The Buddy Christ, unveiled by Cardinal Glick as the new image of Christ, was created by David Deneen.
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When Azrael takes Bartleby and Loki to the toy store, Madman toys can be seen behind Azrael. Madman is a comic book character created by Mike Allred, who did the pencils for the comic book pages used in Chasing Amy (1997).
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Bartelby and Loki's address in Milwaukee is 345 Redemption Boulevard. This can be seen on the envelope containing the newspaper clipping in the airport scene.
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In the scene where Bartleby gives Loki the newspaper clipping, the author of the article is Carol Banker. She is the script supervisor for this, and many other Kevin Smith films.
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The "shit Golgotha" quotes William Shakespeare's Macbeth when he says "No man of woman born". In Macbeth, this is said in his vision with the Weird Sisters.
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When they are in the bar watching the reign of terror at the church on the news, the newscaster is Brian O'Hallorahan (Dante Hicks from Clerks (1994)) making his fourth appearance in a Kevin Smith film. Also making a cameo, is Jeff Anderson (Randal from Clerks (1994)) as the gun salesman. Several other Clerks (1994) actors and actresses also appear as well, as they do in all of Kevin Smith's films.
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Bob Schreck, Joe Nozemack, and Jim Mahfood all make cameos as church parishioners. They all worked with Kevin Smith in comics, with Mahfood illustrating the Clerks comics, Schreck as editor on Kevin's Green Arrow run, and Schreck and Nozemack as co-publishers of his Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Comics at Oni Press.
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While in production, the project's name was Bearclaw.
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When Azrael Jason Lee is asked to explain how he had kept God from foiling his plans, he refused: "Oh, no, I've seen way too many Bond movies to know that you never reveal all the details of your plan no matter how close you may think you are to winning." In The Incredibles (2004), Jason Lee's character is almost tricked into revealing information about his ultimate weapon, but stops himself: "And when I unleash it, I'll get... You sly dog! You got me monologuing. I can't believe it!"
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When they first encounter the poop monster in the strip bar scene, Jay says "Let's smoke this motherfucker like it ain't no thang" to a gang member, a quote from NWA's "Gangsta, Gangsta." This same song was also referenced in Chasing Amy (1997) when Jay says "Life ain't nuttin but bitches and money."
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Rufus' line about Jesus Christ, "Knew him? Shit, nigga owes me 12 bucks" was improvised by Chris Rock. The line in the original screenplay was "Knew him? I saw him naked."
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Loki mentions about how he doesn't believe in God, because of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which was the final film for Alan Rickman before he passed away in early 2016.
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Robert Holtzman, the film's production designer, who also appears as a police officer, also has a character named after him: Mr. Holtzman in the boardroom scene.
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The most violent of any of Kevin Smith's comedies.
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The name of the bus company in the film is "Derris". Rick Derris is the name of a recurring character that appears in, and is discussed in, Kevin Smith's movies (Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), et cetera).
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In the scene where Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are watching Serendipity (Salma Hayek) perform, one shot cuts from Serendipity to Jay, who is running his hands down his face. This happens because half the shot was cut. Bethany had originally smacked Jay upside his head, while telling Rufus (Chris Rock) what happened to her car, and Jay was pulling his cap back down over his head.
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Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: "Dogma." He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: "I don't know, but I've been told, 'not good.'"
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The boardwalk where God (as John Doe Jersey) is incapacitated by the triplets is the same boardwalk used in a few episodes of The Sopranos.
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Bartleby refers to the Mooby executives as "idolaters" for creating Mooby as an icon who is worshiped and thus takes worship from the Lord, which is a sin. Mooby is also referred to as the Golden Calf in the film, and in fact, "Mooby the Golden Calf" is the name of Mooby's theme song playing while the executives are being executed.

In the Book of Exodus, while Moses is up on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments from God, the Israelites become impatient and have Moses' brother, Aaron, give them a new god to worship. Aaron takes the Israelites' gold, melts it, and forms it into the shape of a calf. The Israelites thus begin worshiping a "Golden Calf" which infuriates God and He contemplates destroying them (He is eventually talked out of it by Moses).
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The character of Governor Dalton, played by a different actress, was in the original version of Mallrats (1995), but was cut.
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In May 2019, András Korcsmáros debuted a Hungarian-language stage adaptation in Budapest. It was an unofficial production, but Kevin Smith gave his "Blessing" on Twitter.
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Linda Fiorentino and Jason Lee previously appeared with Will Smith in Men in Black (1997) and Enemy of the State (1998) respectively. Will Smith made a cameo appearance in Jersey Girl (2004).
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The film takes place in 1998.
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Matt Damon, who plays Loki in this movie, along with Ben Affleck (Bartleby) are angels who are banished for eternity to live in Wisconsin. In Contagion (2011), Matt Damon's character and his daughter are banished from entering Wisconsin.
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In addition to the irony of having George Carlin, an acknowledged atheist, play Cardinal Glick, the Cardinal also refers to St. Michael's Church in the film as being 100 "years young", an expression Carlin has made fun of in his stand-up routines about soft language.
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During the beginning airport scene after Loki ( Matt Damon ) talks to the nun the next scene she can be seen running from a store behind Damon and Affleck
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Linda Fiorentino and Janeane Garofalo worked with director Barry Sonnenfield: Fiorentino in Men in Black (1997), and Garofalo in Big Trouble (2002).
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George Carlin's last film of the 1990s.
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Adam Sandler was considered for the role of Azrael. Had he appeared in the movie, this would have been the first of many film collaborations between him and Chris Rock, pre-dating The Longest Yard (2005) by six years.
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Director Trademark 

Kevin Smith: [star wars] After meeting with Bethany, Jay says "It's like I'm Han, you're Chewie, she's Ben Kenobi and we're in that fucked-up bar!" The scene transitions are done in the same way as the Star Wars movies, wiping instead of just cutting to the next scene.
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Kevin Smith: [hockey] The Stygian Triplets wield hockey sticks and wear in-line skates.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The boardroom massacre was supposed to be a John Woo-type action sequence (hence the big stunt guys in suits), but Kevin Smith decided to change it at the last minute.
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Silent Bob speaks a total of three words in the movie: "No ticket" on the train, and "Thanks" after Rufus talks to Jay before going back to heaven.
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Following several unsatisfactory takes of Jay's reaction to the result of the God and Bartleby confrontation, Kevin Smith simply told Jason Mewes to do it like Daffy Duck.
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There were eight different versions of the script, and not one of them, including the shooting script, ever had anything about God cleaning up at the end. Kevin Smith had what he called an epiphany at the last minute. There had been several delays in shooting the scene, and the church eventually asked Smith to clean up the street. He chose to immediately clean up the street, and added God cleaning up, rather than disappoint the very accommodating church.
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Alanis Morissette was originally going to reply to Bethany's "Why are we here?" question by saying, "Plastics", and tweaking her nose. This was in reference to a bit from George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992).
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Although Alanis Morissette is only on-screen as God for a few minutes at the end of the film, she has two different costumes. The second, a white dress with a metallic bodice and jacket, was designed by French haute couturier Christian Lacroix, and was by far the most expensive outfit in the movie. Appropriately, given the plot and Catholic themes of this movie, the designer's first and last names are both references to Christianity, "Lacroix" meaning "the cross" in French, and "Christian" meaning, well, Christian.
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When the gang shows up in the aftermath of the church massacre, the large banner that originally read "Catholicism WOW!" has been torn to read "Catholicism OW!"
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When Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) tosses Loki (Matt Damon) and Bartleby (Ben Affleck) off the train, he says one of the only lines he has in the movie, "No ticket" when he is caught by a passenger. "No ticket" is a line that Harrison Ford delivered in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), when he tosses a character out of the window, and is caught off-guard by the passengers.
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It takes Jay exactly 35 seconds before he gets the "Holy Bartender" joke.
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Contains the only on-screen character death of actress Linda Fiorentino. She's later resurrected.
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Matt Damon's character Loki is stabbed by Ben Affleck's Bartleby in roughly the same place under his left ribs as Chris Hemsworth's Thor is stabbed by Tom Hiddleston's Loki in Marvel's The Avengers (2012) when they are fighting on the balcony of Stark Tower
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A reference to Christ is made in almost all of Bethany's initial encounters with other characters.
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Even though it is revealed at the end that God is a woman, earlier in the film, God is referred to several times as "He", meaning He simply revealed Himself as a woman.
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