Trivia / Boys Don't Cry

  • Dyeing for Your Art: Hilary Swank lived as a man to prepare for her role as Brandon Teena, including cutting her hair short and wrapping her breasts. She also had to lose weight and stuff a sock down her pants.
  • Star-Making Role: Hillary Swank as Brandon Teena. An Oscar win catapulted her to stardom.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kimberly Peirce envisioned a young Jodie Foster as Brandon, and Drew Barrymore was attached early on. Both Alecia Goranson and Chloe Sevigny auditioned for the part before being cast in other roles. Diane Keaton considered directing too.
    • The rape scene was longer and more graphic, showing that Brandon was raped repeatedly throughout the night. It had to be reduced after negative responses from test audiences.