All-Star Cast: Even minor or outright extra roles are filled with well-known actors.
Billing Displacement: A jarring case with Cuba Gooding, Jr., since he plays a minor role, yet somehow he's billed as fourth, even before the Big Bad.
Cast the Expert: While filming on-location in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand, Ridley Scott hired many extras from the local villages, some of whom were actual participants in the drug-running operation of Frank Lucas during the Vietnam War.
Content Leak: A screener was leaked a couple of months before release.
Deleted Scene: Plenty, most of which merely extend what's already seen in the movie. The extended version can be found on the Special Edition DVD and has been aired on HBO multiple times.
Saved from Development Hell: Antoine Fuqua was originally set to direct this project in 2004 with Denzel Washington and Benicio del Toro starring, with Ray Liotta and John C. Reilly in supporting roles, but production was halted one month before shooting, after Universal Pictures canceled the film over budget concerns. However, Washington and Del Toro received their salaries nonetheless. A pay-or-play deal was stipulated in both of their contracts that Universal would pay Washington twenty million dollars, and Del Toro five million dollars, regardless of whether the film was made or not. Once this project was green-lit by Universal a second time, under Ridley Scott's direction, Washington returned to the project without an upfront fee.