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The film was originally written as a serious horror sci-fi, until Ivan Reitman
stepped in and re-wrote much of the script.
¤ During the lengthy
shooting in Page, Arizona, Dan Aykroyd entertained the local folk by carding guests
at a bar, unofficially greeting people at Wal-Mart, and visiting locals for a
cup of coffee in their homes.
¤ Shot in December, DreamWorks asked
the locals to delay putting up their Christmas decorations. Following the shoot,
DreamWorks paid the city employees overtime to light up the town in time for Christmas.
The clumsiness in 'Moore, Julianne' 's character was her idea.
The film opened in the USA on 8 June 2001, the 17 anniversary of the release of
Ghost Busters (1984), also directed by Ivan Reitman.
¤ The three
main characters perform a commercial for "Head & Shoulders". The idea to this
came from the son of Ivan Reitman.
¤ David Duchovny's character
Ira makes an incredible (and ultimately, correct) leap of logic when he deduces
that the element selenium might be as poisonous to the alien life forms as arsenic
is to humans; Fox Mulder, Duchovny's character on The X Files, is notorious for
arriving at similarly implausible (and usually, correct) leaps of logic (usually
just in time to advance the plot prior to the commercial break!).
David Duchovny improvised the "baring of the ass" scene and Director Ivan Reitman
decided to write it in to the shot. Unfortunately the scene had to be re-done
so many time that Duchovny took a Polaroid picture of his rear end held it up
to the camera when it was required because it was too cold to pull his pants down
over and over on cue.
¤ The placement of the element selenium in
Head and Shoulders shampoo is technically correct. Though regular Head and Shoulders
shampoo does not have any of the element, Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment
Shampoo actually does consist of approximately 1% selenium sulfide.
David Duchovny turned down a role in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
(2002) to appear in this movie.
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