Trivia / Alpha Dog

  • Actor-Shared Background: Partial example; Ben Foster had a friend who had been addicted to crystal meth, and said friend introduced him to people who gave him an all-access pass into the lifestyle.
  • Beauty Inversion: Sharon Stone appears in a fatsuit towards the end of the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Ben Foster risked losing his eyesight by adding glaucoma drops to his eyes so his pupils would appear dilated.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Ben Foster told Sharon Stone to really hit him during their fight. She hit him so hard, his nose started bleeding. The take is used in the finished film.
  • Executive Meddling: Subverted. New Line Cinema requested some edits that the director didn't want to make. So the film was sold to Universal, who delayed the film for a year, but released it intact.
  • Playing Against Type: Justin Timberlake was in the process of trying to shake off his teen heartthrob image from N*Sync - so here he plays a violent gang member and eventual murderer.
  • Reality Subtext: The film opens with actual home videos of some of the cast as children.
  • Those Two Actors:
    • Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Vincent Kartheiser would later star in In Time.
    • Emile Hirsch, Chris Marquette and Olivia Wilde all appeared in The Girl Next Door.
    • Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster play enemies in this, and best friends in Lone Survivor.
    • Ben Foster had worked with Bruce Willis in Hostage.
  • Throw It In: When Wanda screams "Heil!" in Jake's apartment, everything was unscripted. The cast just went along with it, improvised everything and the director kept it in the film.
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