Trivia / American Gangster

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Duelling Stars Movie
  • Fake American: Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • David Fincher was interested in making the film back when the script was still titled Superfly, but he and the studio could not agree on an appropriate budget for the film.
    • When Terry George was set to direct the film, with Don Cheadle as Frank Lucas, Joaquin Phoenix was a definite consideration for Richie Roberts.
    • Brad Pitt was the alternate choice Richie Roberts.
    • Will Smith was considered for Frank Luca. 50 Cent auditioned for the role.
  • Working Title: During the first stages of production, this film had a few different titles, such as Tru Blu and The Return of Superfly.
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