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Edward Norton says he took every penny he made from Red Dragon (2002) to finance this film.
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Tobey Maguire bought the rights to the original novel with the intent of starring. He later decided to do Spider-Man (2002), although he did stay on this film as a producer.
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Writer David Benioff said in a BBC interview, "The first time I saw [Edward Norton] on set he pulled back his hair and showed me his widow's peak. In the book, Monty Brogan has a widow's peak, but I hadn't mentioned it in the script. But Edward so wanted to be in character that he wore a prosthetic widow's peak for the entire shoot."
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Monty's line, "Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends," is a Francis Bacon quote.
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Although Monty's bathroom monologue is similar to the racial stereotype montage in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), it is taken almost verbatim from David Benioff's original novel. The only part not from the novel are the references to Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attack.
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Brittany Murphy was originally lined up to play Mary D'Annunzio but left the project.
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Edward Norton says the word "fuck" 40 times in about five minutes during his monologue in the bathroom. The phrase "Fuck you" is on the mirror in the bathroom.
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Edward Norton's character mentions about wanting to be the "girl in 'X-Men', the one that can walk through walls". Co-stars Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Aaron Stanford and Dania Ramirez have all starred in the X-Men movies, as Rogue, General Stryker, Pyro, and Callisto respectively. The girl who can walk through walls is called Shadowcat.
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On-screen father and son Brian Cox and Edward Norton have both appeared in films with the Hannibal Lecter character: Cox played Lecter in Manhunter (1986), while Norton played Will Graham in that movie's remake, Red Dragon (2002). Philip Seymour Hoffman also appeared in Red Dragon (2002) as reporter Freddy Lounds.
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Alicia Keys was considered for the role of Naturelle.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Monty Brogan is imprisoned under the Rockefeller drug laws, named after former New York governor Nelson Rockefeller. Edward Norton played Nelson Rockefeller in Frida (2002).
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David Benioff, who wrote the original novel is one of the two creators of the Game of Thrones series on HBO.
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During the famous "Rant Scene", Ed Norton curses his father who "sells whiskey to Firemen and cheers the Bronx Bombers". Every patron in that scene was a real Firefighter from Rescue 5 based out of Staten Island, New York. All 11 Firefighters in that scene were killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Anna Paquin and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and one Oscar nominee: Edward Norton.
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Six actors in this film have also starred in Marvel productions. Edward Norton was in The Incredible Hulk (2008) while Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Aaron Stanford and Dania Ramierz have all been in an X-Men film as Rogue, General Stryker, Pyro, and Callisto respectively and Rosario Dawson protrays Claire Temple in the Marvel/Netflix shows Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
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The quote "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends." Inspired the title of a Fall Out Boy song of the same name on their 2005 album 'From Under the Cork Tree.'
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Spike Lee: [glide] In the scene right after Jacob leaves the bathroom, he is seen motionless with the the background slowly panning out. Spike Lee often places actors on dollies to achieve this effect.
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Spike Lee: [basketball] Both Monty and Naturelle played high school basketball; another scene depicts a playground game. Also, Frank is reminded by his boss that they have courtside seats for an upcoming game.
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