Trivia / Death Race 2000

  • Billing Displacement: Most modern DVD releases put Stallone either in top billing, or sometimes even by himself on the cover. He plays a major character in the movie, but is not the main focus.
  • California Doubling: Literally. Highways recognizably constructed in California stand in for other parts of the nation.
  • Follow the Leader: Made quickly to cash in on the "futuristic blood sport" genre created by Rollerball. Ironically, it seems to be better respected by some critics than the earlier film because of its dark sense of humor.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • It was early in his career, so his type wasn't established yet, but still, the film features Sylvester Stallone playing a mouthy Jerk Ass villain.
    • David Carradine took the role immediately after walking off the set of Kung Fu, to avoid being Typecast.
  • Technology Marches On: The use of matte paintings to create futuristic settings when integrating them with 1975-era sets is... sometimes less than realistic.
  • What Could Have Been: Peter Fonda was offered the part of Frankenstein.