* AuthorExistenceFailure: Fortunately, Spielberg was Kubrick's backup director.
* BigNameFan: This film is greatly admired by film-makers like Ken Russell, Creator/BillyWilder and avant-garde maestro Stan Brakhage.
* DoingItForTheArt: Jude Law worked with a choreographer for months to nail down Gigolo Joe's dancing and general mannerisms.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Know why [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004978/ that one kid]] in the car that picked up David and Joe looked so familiar? Because [[Series/{{Entourage}} Vince is doing the movie, yo!]]
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Kubrick read the story and hired the author to write a treatment in the early 1970s, invited Spielberg to work with him in 1985, and only decided to take the project off after Spielberg's '93 productions (''Film/SchindlersList'' made Kubrick give up on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wartime_Lies a similar adaptation]], and ''Film/JurassicPark'' convinced him that CGI could bring the project to life). Then he wanted to start the project after ''Film/EyesWideShut'', [[AuthorExistenceFailure but his eventual death]] in 1999 lead Spielberg to fully take over.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Stanley Kubrick was the original director, but the film languished in DevelopmentHell until Kubrick died in 1999.
** Gigolo Joe was originally conceived by Kubrick as a GI Mecha, but screenwriter Thomas Watson suggested changing him to a male prostitute.
** Chris Cunningham was originally the special effects supervisor when the project was being developed in the early '90s. None of his work ended up in the final film.
** Part of the reason Kubrick's vision of the film languished in DevelopmentHell for so long was was because he wanted the main character to be played by an ''actual robot''. As if this writing, such robots are ''still'' impossible.

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