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Bowfinger (1999) Poster

(1999)

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Reportedly based on a real incident in 1927. A Russian filmmaker covertly shot footage of the vacationing Mary Pickford, and fashioned an entire film around the footage, creating the illusion that Pickford was actually starring in this Russian film.

In reality, the 1927 film Potseluy Meri Pikford (1927) featured cameos from Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. They participated in the film as a goodwill gesture towards the emerging Russian film industry.
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The company could only get Eddie Murphy for a brief, six week window, to shoot his role in the movie. He was in between shooting Life (1999) and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and had just a brief time in his busy schedule to work on this project.
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The character of Daisy (played by Heather Graham) is a thinly veiled jab at Anne Heche. Like Daisy, Heche is from Ohio, and, also like Daisy, Heche was briefly romantically involved with a significantly older man, Steve Martin. Daisy's last lines about being involved with "the most powerful lesbian in Hollywood" are a reference to Heche's relationship at the time with Ellen DeGeneres.
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Eddie Murphy ad-libbed the line "You're doing great! You're going to be a star." in the scene where Daisy is topless.
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Gary Coleman worked on the set as a security guard.
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Eddie Murphy became interested in this movie when he heard he would be working with Steve Martin, of whom he is a huge fan. When Murphy sat down with Martin and director Frank Oz, the first thing he said was that Kit Ramsey should be "a black action superstar". Oz then asked if that meant he was making the film, and Murphy said yes. Martin later joked that "Eddie's audition was VERY good".
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In the scene where Bobby and Dave interview Jiff Ramsey for doubling Kit Ramsey in the film, Eddie Murphy (Jiff) did not know some of the questions that Steve Martin (Bobby) asked, and improvised the answers to those question right on the spot.
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Although Eddie Murphy ran across the Los Angeles freeway, without the use of a stunt double, for the sequence in which Jiff runs across the Los Angeles freeway, the speeding cars were later added in digitally.
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In the film, Kit Ramsey's house is the same residence depicted as "Stately Wayne Manor" in the 1966 Batman (1966) television series.
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The Los Angeles freeway was shut down for two days for the sequence where Jiff runs across the freeway.
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In one scene, Bowfinger comments as how he's forty-nine, and could, possibly, pass for thirty-eight. This is clearly a poke at how often, in Hollywood, people deflate their ages, which is also explained when he gets down his box that he's put a dollar in every week since age ten. The sum given is $2,184, which would actually put Bowfinger's age at fifty-two.
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It was Eddie Murphy's idea for Jiff Ramsey to wear braces, and have his ears stick out, and he insisted on not wearing prosthetics make-up when it came to filming his scenes as Jiff.
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The Eddie Murphy part was actually written for Keanu Reeves.
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Steve Martin came up with the idea for the film thirteen years before the film was released, and had not written the screenplay for over ten years.
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The cast were impressed with the performance of Emma (Betsy the Dog). Betsy lying on the coach with her legs spread wide open, which wasn't in the script, became a joke in the film.
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Eddie Murphy agreed to star in the film because he was a fan of Steve Martin, and wanted to work with him.
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Frank Oz encouraged improvisation during select scenes, and occasionally, the result wound up in the film. Some instances of this are Robert Downey, Jr. saying "and all this" while flipping through the script of Chubby Rain, Eddie Murphy asking his manager to find him a retarded slave role so he can win an Academy Award, and Steve Martin saying, "It could've worked" after Chubby Rain was shut down.
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When Bobby shows Kit the script, Kit says he is not a expecting a script from Paramount Pictures, but maybe Universal. In real life, Eddie Murphy's movies in the 1980s and early 1990s were produced by Paramount, but his later movies (including this film) have been produced by Universal.
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Eddie Murphy ad-libbed the line "It's not funny!" for the scene where Kit exposes himself to the Laker Girls.
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The fourth film which Steve Martin and Frank Oz have worked together.
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The inside of Kit Ramsey's mansion was an empty mansion in Pasadena.
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The shot of Kit Ramsey, in character as Keith Kincaide shouting "Gotcha, Suckers!" in the Chubby Rain movie premiere, was identical to the shot of Romeo (Leonard DiCaprio) crying out "Juliet!" in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
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The poster behind Bowfinger's desk is for his film titled "The Yugo Story". That is a reference to the Steve Martin film L.A. Story (1991).
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Kit goes to a place called "Mind Head" where he pays to tell the secrets to a religious cult leader while being hooked up to a machine. This is a reference to Scientology.
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Frank Oz decided to use the take of Heather Graham sitting on a suitcase waiting, which he had thought was a great shot, for Daisy's first scene in the film.
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Bowfinger asking the policeman if he thought about acting is a nod to actor Dennis Farina whom was a policeman before becoming an actor.
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Eddie Murphy plays Kit, and his character name in the movie-within-a-movie is Keith Kincaid. There are three k's in those names, which is perfectly divisible by three, as his character complained of in the movie.
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Originally entitled "Bowfinger's Big Thing".
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It's hinted throughout the movie Kit Ramsay could be suffering from schizophrenia.
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Heather Graham and Robert Downey, Jr. starred in Two Girls and a Guy (1997).
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Frank Oz and Terence Stamp also appeared together this summer in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Twelve years earlier, Oz and Steve Martin worked together on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which also starred Ian McDiarmid, who had appeared with Oz in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and all the subsequent prequels.
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The song in the opening scene is "There is Always One More Time" by Johnny Adams.
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Barry Newman and Terence Stamp appeared in The Limey (1999).
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Bowfinger's office chair is an Eames Chair, regarded as one of the best chairs ever designed, and pricey. There is also an iconic chair called the Bofinger Chair, a fiberglass and resin one-piece, stacking chair, often imitated and very inexpensive.
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