Trivia / Darkman

  • Acting for Two: In addition to playing Darkman in his final transformation at the end, Bruce Campbell also voiced some of the screams of characters who fall to their deaths.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A scene was deleted out of the final cut that involves Strack sitting on his bed in a towel, picking up a box full of gold coins, placing the coins on the bed, taking his towel off, and then jumping on the bed and writhing in ectasy on the coins, naked.
    • Skip's fate remains unknown, though there is a deleted scene where Darkman kills him with his own prosthetic leg.
  • Divorced Installment: Sam Raimi intended to make a film of The Shadow, but created Darkman when he couldn't get the rights.
    • He also wanted to make a Batman movie (possibly a sequel to the 1989 film). But couldn't get rights to it either.
  • Fake American: The title character himself is played by Ballymena man Liam Neeson.
  • Hostility on the Set: Sam Raimi and Frances McDormand clashed because of Creative Differences. She was allegedly very difficult to direct. Raimi said, "apparently I didn't know Fran as well as I thought I did ... The reason it was difficult was that our conception of the best movie to make differed, arguing in trying to make the best picture possible. We did come across disagreements, but they were very healthy." McDormand, however, looks back fondly on the film, and she and her husband, Joel Coen, are still friends with Raimi.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The abandoned TV Pilot.
  • One-Episode Wonder: The abandoned TV pilot is one of the finest and most accurate examples of superheroics on live-action television.
  • The Other Darrin: Arnold Vosloo for Liam Neeson in the sequels, and Christopher Bowen in the TV Pilot. This is all somewhat justifiable, because it's Darkman.
  • Troubled Production: The production suffered from behind-the-scenes troubles. The screenwriting process was grueling, and there were lengthy post-production battles with the studio. The editing process was extremely difficult, and the editor allegedly had a nervous breakdown, and left the production. The Universal executives were also rather nervous with some of the wild things in the film, and insisted they be taken out. Sam Raimi confessed that studio movie-making, as opposed to independent filmmaking, didn't fulfill him in the same way.
  • Uncredited Role: The Coen Brothers, close friends of Sam Raimi, did some uncredited doctoring on the finished script.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Raimi wanted Bruce Campbell to play Darkman in the first movie. After the studio made it clear they preferred a more well-known star, Gary Oldman and Bill Paxton were among those in the running. Campbell does play a random civilian who may have been Darkman in disguise in the last scene.
    • Julia Roberts was almost cast as Julie Hastings before she got the role in Pretty Woman and had to be replaced. Demi Moore was also considered and Bridget Fonda auditioned.
    • Richard Dreyfuss and James Caan both turned down the role of Louis Strack Jr.
    • Kathy Bates was originally cast as the burn doctor but backed out before filming.
    • A TV series was in development, with an unaired 30-minute pilot completed.
  • Written By Castmember: Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand re-wrote the three love scenes they had together after he becomes Darkman.
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