Trivia / Boys Don't Cry

  • Actor-Inspired Element: Peter Sarsgaard felt the need to make John more charismatic than he was described in the script - to make it believable that everyone would want to hang out with him.
  • Dawson Casting: Hilary Swank was a couple of years older than the character she played, though she lied to say she was the same age (claiming it's what Brandon would have done). Chloe Sevigny was also in her mid-twenties playing Lana at nineteen.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Lana Tisdel sued the filmmakers for defamation, enraged that she was depicted as "white trash" and an alcoholic. She called it "the second murder of Brandon Teena".
  • 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. Swank's blonde hair had to be dyed brown as well.
    • Chloe Sevigny dyed her blonde hair red because Lana Tisdel is a redhead in real life.
  • Executive Meddling: The film was threatened with an NC-17 rating - not for the violent shot through the head - but for Lana's orgasm lasting too long.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Brendon Sexton III, who played Tom, walked away in tears after filming the rape scene.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Alicia Goranson was cast as Candace precisely because she looked like her real life counterpart Lisa Lambert.
  • Star-Making Role: Hillary Swank as Brandon Teena. An Oscar win catapulted her to stardom.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was going to be shot on location in Falls City, but budget constraints led to Dallas doubling for it.
    • 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.
    • The film's low budget meant that two real life figures had to be left out of the story - Lana's real life sister Leslie and her boyfriend Philip Devine. He was a black, disabled man who was murdered on the same night as Brandon.
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