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(2004)

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Devon Alan's (Tim) monologue about "Chiggars" was not in the script and was totally improvised by the 11 year old.
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During their fight scene, Josh Lucas actually blacked out while being choked by Dermot Mulroney.
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There were many injuries acquired on the set. Both 'Josh Lucas' and Dermot Mulroney broke ribs during fight scenes between each other, and Jamie Bell stepped on a nail and had to walk on crutches for days.
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The United Artists logo seen in the opening credits of the film was from the company's archives. All the films released under United Artists at the time of Undertow's release had a different logo. As a child, director Green always saw that logo and was unsettled by it, and for that reason, he used it in the film.
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Josh Lucas had to wear brown-colored contacts in the film to disguise his piercingly blue eyes. Director Green said that it was to mask what made girls fall for him in his role in "Sweet Home Alabama (2002)".
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During the shooting the scene where Deel drives Chris on the dirt road away from the farm, a police chopper was continually circling the area due to a dead body being found around the area. The cast and crew never saw the actual dead body, however.
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David Gordon Green states that the notorious nail scene was a very complicated effect, despite the only two ingredients of it being lots of glue and putty.
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After Jamie Bell hurt his foot during filming, David Gordon Green stood in for some of the shots of Chris running through the woods.
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The "green paint" tasted by young Tim, Devon Alan, is actually yogurt; the 'mud' he eats is brownie mix.
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Paul Schneider, who had worked with David Gordon Green on his two previous films, was originally supposed to be part of this project, but his scene was cut for budgeting reasons.
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Devon Alan could not attend the wrap party as he was too young, so there was a special party given so he could be included.
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David Gordon Green originally wanted to title the film "The Narrow Pilgrim," focusing on Tim in his pilgrim costume at Thanksgiving. The original story was going to put Tim more in the focus, along with his eating disorder. He is thin and ratty, due to his pica condition, and in a pilgrim costume: "The Narrow Pilgrim." However, he quickly began to change it due it him discovering that it would not be a very marketable title.
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Shot in 30 days.
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