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(2006)

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In a scene where they have a fight, Sharon Stone hit Ben Foster so hard that his nose started bleeding. He told her to do so, because he said the scene needed to be as realistic as possible.
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To prepare for his role in this movie, Ben Foster asked one of his friends who is an ex-meth addict for guidance. The friend introduced him to a group of people who gave Foster an all-access pass into the lifestyle.
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During filming, Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Ronald J. Zonen provided copies of virtually every document in his file on the real life case and served as an unpaid consultant to the film.
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Ben Foster risked his sight for the movie by adding glaucoma drops to his eyes for much of the shoot to dilate his pupils, making him appear to be high. He'd hide in the bushes at night and cover his eyes between takes to keep the lights from shining into them. He would also talk to writer/director Nick Cassavetes with his eyes closed.
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The film begins with actual home video of some of the cast members when they were children. Anton Yelchin is the last child shown.
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Almost at the end of the film you can hear 'Say Goodbye Hollywood' by Eminem, which is a actual reference to the real life Johnny Truelove (Jesse James Hollywood)
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The word "fuck" and its derivatives is said 411 times.
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The film was originally to be distributed by New Line Cinema. When New Line requested edits to the film that the director didn't want to make, they sold the movie to Universal, which delayed release by a year, but kept the film intact.
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Jake Mazursky had a Hebrew tattoo on his chest and an SS tattoo on his back.
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All of the tattoos on Justin Timberlake's torso and arms are fake, except for the cross on his left upper arm and the guardian angel between his shoulders.
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When Wanda Haynes screams "Heil" in Jake Mazursky's apartment, the entire part was improvised. The cast went along with it, and director Nick Cassavetes kept it in the film.
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The tattoo encircling Jake Mazursky's neck is the original Hebrew verse from Psalms 109:14, "Let not the sin of his mother be blotted out."
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This is the first of two films starring both Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. They would later star together in Lone Survivor (2013). Ironically, they play enemies in this movie and close friends in Lone Survivor.
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"Say Goodbye to Hollywood" plays as Johnny Truelove is getting ready to skip town. Johnny Truelove is based on Jesse James Hollywood.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the lead role.
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2006 Sundance closing film.
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In 2016, actor Anton Yelchin, who played Zack Masursky, tragically died at the age of 27, due to a freak accident where his Jeep pinned him to a wall outside of his California house.
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Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, and Vincent Kartheiser would all also appear together in In Time (2011).
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Anton Yelchin (who plays Zack Mazursky) voices the character of Jim Lake Jr in the series Trollhunters for 2 seasons. Following his death, Emile Hirsch (who plays Johnny Truelove) voiced the same character for season 3.
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Spree Killer Elliot Rodger named this movie as one of the factors that influenced and inspired him to commit his 2014 massacre in which he murdered 6 people.
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The dog in Truelove's house was featured in the movie Killer Joe (2011), another movie starring Emile Hirsch.
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Bruce Willis and Ben Foster previously worked together on Hostage (2005).
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Chris Marquette, Emile Hirsch and Olivia Wilde all appear together in The Girl Next Door (2004).
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Sharon Stone and Olivia Wilde both share the same birthday - March 10th.
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Frankie (Justin Timberlake) mentions he has an anxiety problem. He plays another character in Black Snake Moan (2006) named "Ronnie" with an anxiety problem.
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Both Bruce Willis and Harry Dean Stanton have been directed by Howard Deutch in different films: Stanton in Pretty in Pink (1986), and Willis in The Whole Ten Yards (2004).
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Director Nick Cassavetes and actress Dominique Swain appeared together in Face/Off (1997).
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Sharon Stone and Janet Jones had previously appeared in the two different "Police Academy" films. Stone had appeared in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), Jones had appeared in Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988).
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David Thornton, Heather Wahlquist and Shawn Hatosy also all appear in John Q (2002).
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Shawn Hatosy and Heather Wahlquist played a couple in the movie John Q (2002), which was also directed by Nick Cassavetes.
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Shawn Hatosy would later appear in Justin Timberlake's music video for What Goes Around....Comes Back Around. Justin Timberlake plays the character of Frankie in the film who is based on Jesse Rugge.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Justin Timberlake's character "Frankie" is based on Jesse Rugge, who was convicted with Jesse James Hollywood for the real life murder of Nick Markowitz, which the movie is based on. Rugge was paroled in 2013 much to the dismay of the Markowitz family and Governor Brown. The character of Elvis, played by Shawn Hatosy, is based on Ryan Hoyt, the person Jesse James Hollywood hired to kill Nick Markowitz.
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Filming was actually completed before Jesse James Hollywood was found and arrested in Brazil in 2005. When Nick Cassavetes heard the news of his arrest, he had the entire crew come back to shoot the new ending that is shown in the movie.
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