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(1999)

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Jennifer Jason Leigh had already finished shooting her role in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) when she took on this role. When her scenes in that film required re-shooting, the schedule required for it interfered with this one. Leigh chose to stay on this film and her role in Eyes Wide Shut was re-cast.
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David Cronenberg's first original screenplay since Videodrome (1983).
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Two Producers of the film are Hungarians, so it is not by chance that the X and the Z of the word "eXistenZ" are capitalized, since the letters between them make the Hungarian word "isten," which means "god."
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In the scene where Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law hole up in a motel room after the failed assassination attempt, the bag their fast food comes in has "Perky Pat" written on it. This is a reference to the novel "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" by Philip K. Dick. As many have noted online, this movie takes many of its themes about nested reality and alienation directly from this book by Dick. In "Three Stigmata", however, the framework of the false realities is not a video game, but drugs called Can-D and Chew-Z.
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David Cronenberg claimed his inspiration for the film, was the fatwa declared on Author Salman Rushdie, following the publication of his book "The Satanic Verses".
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When Kiri (Sir Ian Holm) and his assistant operate on Allegra's (Jennifer Jason Leigh) pod, Kiri says, "Köszönöm, köszönöm, köszönöm", Hungarian for "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
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The lubricant Allegra (Jennifer Jason Leigh) uses for Pikul's (Jude Law's) port is called XE-60, which is only one letter in the alphabet up from WD-40.
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The character of Allegra may be a reference to a minor character of the same name in Samuel R. Delany's novella "The Star Pit". In that novella, Allegra is a child prodigy able to telepathically project any type of reality she wishes on anyone around her.
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In the scene where eXistenZ is introduced, the late-coming assassin, Noel Dichter (Kris Lemche), has his ID card scanned. On the bottom of the card, a line of text is scanned, which is written in the ancient Babylonian language.
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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Allegra's hair changes curliness depending on which reality she is in. In the "real" world, it is straight, in transCendenZ it is partially curly, and in eXistenZ it is completely curly.
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