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(2001)

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This is Colleen Haskell's debut as an actress after being one of the final contenders in the first season of Survivor (2000). Rob Schneider said that working with Haskell was one of the unexpected pleasures of making the film.
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Director Luke Greenfield's mother deliberately hung around on-set because she was a big fan of Edward Asner.
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In June 2001, Newsweek revealed that print ads for at least four movies released by Columbia Pictures, including this one and A Knight's Tale (2001), contained glowing comments from a film reviewer who didn't exist. The fake critic, "David Manning," was the friend of someone who worked in Columbia's advertising department, and agreed to let his friend use his name. Manning was misrepresented as a reviewer for the Ridgefield Press, a real-life weekly paper out of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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This was the only Happy Madison film that uses the recurring phrases "You can do it" and "That's a huge bitch".
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The newspaper clipping of Marvin's father features the face of Rob Schneider's actual father, Marvin (to whom the movie is dedicated) photoshopped onto a police officer. Also, the car in which the lead character has his road accident was originally owned by Marvin Schneider (although several duplicates were also used in the crash sequence).
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In both audio commentaries on the Uncut version of the DVD, it is mentioned that Harry Dean Stanton played the part of a hunter staking out the Man-Beast in the forest, but nearly all of the footage ended up on the cutting room floor. He can still be seen, uncredited, being attacked in once scene after Marvin asks Rianna to tie him up.
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According to Rob Schneider's audio commentary, the heavy set cadet (Elizabeth Branson) who competes against Marvin on the obstacle course was dubbed by an uncredited Amy Poehler.
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The Frisbee that Rob Schneider catches in his mouth was actually CGI.
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Pam Grier were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Bruce Greenwood were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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Film debut of Brianna Brown.
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Jamie Lee Curtis were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Donal Logue were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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John Carroll Lynch were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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Faith Ford were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Alan Alda were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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John Leguizamo were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Loretta Devine were considered for the role of Rianna.
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George Lopez were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Jeff Garlin were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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David Keith were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Anne Heche were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Clarence Williams III were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Matt Frewer were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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David Schwimmer were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Patsy Kensit were considered for the role of Rianna.
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James Spader were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Kelsey Grammer were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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Camryn Manheim were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Glynn Turman were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Charlton Heston were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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Liv Tyler were considered for the role of Rianna.
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Peter MacNicol were considered for the role of Sgt. Doug Sisk.
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Brad Garrett were considered for the role of Chief Wilson.
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When Marvin is messing around with Sergeant Sisks shotgun, he accidentally makes it go off shooting his coffee mug and drenching his picture, foreshadowing later in the movie when Marvin has animal abilities and saves the Mayors son from drowning, he splashes around in the water ultimately drenching Sisk.
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Cameo 

Pilar Schneider: Rob Schneider's neighbor, Mrs. Delarosa.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Adam Sandler takes over the role of the "Townie" usually played by Rob Schneider and wears the same hat Schneider did in The Waterboy (1998).
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