* ActorAllusion: Richard Kelly explained that every actor in the movie is playing an exaggerated, 'dramatic' version of their usual comic persona: CheriOteri, known for playing very manic-depressive characters on SaturdayNightLive, is a psycho who flies off the handle at the slightest insult; JonLovitz's deadpan delivery is transformed into a dead-eyed racist who speaks in CreepyMonotone; AmyPoehler's [[TheDitz ditzy image]] becomes a neo-Marxist poet who [[spoiler: thinks she can mouth off to a fascist cop and gets shot for her trouble]].
** Christopher Lambert is once again in a plot about a futuristic corporation that devises a planetary energy shield, with undesirable side-effects. The first; ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' (1991).
* DeletedRole: JaneaneGarofalo appears dancing with Pilot Abilene at the very end. It's all that's left of her role as General Teena [=MacArthur=], the military overseer of the Utopia tidal generator. Her storyline had her communicating with another victim of the post-Cannes trimming, Simon Theory (played by KevinSmith), where they discussed some of the more metaphysical {{Technobabble}}-ish parts of the story.
* DeletedScene: A scene that never even made it into the Cannes cut involves Boxer, right after [[spoiler:Starla gets shot]], 'bleeding' back in time to the 1920s and meeting Inga von Westphalen as a young fortune teller.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In [[http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/southland-tales-richard-kelly-interview this interview]], it seems like roughly half of Kelly's answers are "I totally explained that, but the studio made me cut it for pacing". Even Pilot Abilene's cryptic reference to black umbrellas is an orphaned CallBack to a deleted scene where Boxer Santaros becomes unstuck in time and "bleeds" back into the 1920s.
* HeyItsThatGuy: A lot of the cast are former ''Saturday Night Live'' cast members. Also in the supporting cast are [[DonnieDarko Holmes Osbourne]], MandyMoore, [[Film/{{Highlander}} Christopher Lambert]], and KevinSmith. Among others.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: While DonnieDarko might have been his most well-received work, Southland Tales remains the one that he is the most enthusiastic about.
* PlayingAgainstType: Pretty much the entire cast. See WhatTheHellCastingAgency below for more information.