Trivia / Dogma

  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Dogma, Salma Hayek plays Serendipity, a muse from Heaven who works as a stripper on Earth. In From Dusk Till Dawn, she plays a stripper from Hell.
    • Also, Loki and Bartleby are Mistaken for Gay on more than one occasion, which mirrored the then-prevalent rumors about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
    • Another one was written into the script, but orphaned by a cast change. The original actress chosen to play God was Holly Hunter. When she appears, Jay angrily asks "What the fuck is this, The Piano? Why ain't this broad talking?" The actress for God was changed to Alanis Morissette, but the line stayed in.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After finding out that Alan Rickman had been cast, Jason Mewes reportedly memorized not only his lines, but the lines of everyone in the script weeks before shooting to appear more professional in front of such a big-name actor.
  • Creator Backlash : Mocked; when a group of people announced they were going to picket his film at a theater near where he lives, Kevin Smith himself showed up and picketed the film too with a "Dogma is dogshit" banner. He ends up being filmed by a news crew as a protester, and the reporter recognized him.
    • The funniest part was that the protest was slated to be a group of 500 people, of which there were... five. He went on to say that he was most disappointed that nobody had even gone to the effort of making a sign as nice and detailed as his.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Staunchly atheist George Carlin as a priest (a corrupt one, so it's not that ironic).
  • Life Imitates Art: As if "Buddy Christ" had not been Memetic Mutation enough on its own, along comes this to make things interesting.
  • No Export for You: The UK is stuck with a vanilla DVD (the extras are a trailer and few minutes of TV interviews with the cast). More galling because this edition is produced by Film Four who co-funded the production!
  • Star-Derailing Role: Linda Fiorentino was barely seen on the big screen ever since Dogma's commentary track revealed how hard it was to work with her.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The opening scene takes place in an airport, where Bartleby enjoys watching people meeting their loved ones right as they come off the plane.
  • Wag the Director: According to Smith, there were days where Linda Fiorentino wouldn't even speak to him while shooting, which is understandably frustrating, and that he hugely regrets casting her.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An earlier version of the script available here features scenes of Jay and Silent Bob singing, a full explanation of the Stygian triplets, as well as the second fight against Noman the Golgothan.
    • Kevin Smith jokes that he originally wanted to end the film by God answering Bethany's "Why are we here?" question with "I've got one word for you, just one: plastics!," resulting in everyone's head blowing up.
    • Kevin Smith found Linda Fiorentino so difficult to work with that he regretted not casting his first choice, Janeane Garofalo.
      • At one point, Alanis Morissette (yes, God herself) was going to play Bethany, but declined because it would have conflicted with her touring schedule.
    • Kevin Smith also originally wanted to do a sequel, but since he mentioned it would touch on a belief system much less forgiving to jokes (Islam), he gave up on it, at least for now.
    • There was a deleted scene, which made it all the way to the Cannes screening, of Azrael giving his take on Hell of being a place of eternal Heroic Self-Deprecation, making it a place of eternal suffering. This being bad for Fallen Angels, which is shown with Bartleby, that being away from God is bad enough, but humanity's guilt in creating a hellhole drove them so insane that Azrael prefers oblivion than undergoing eternal Sanity Slippage. It was cut for making him seem too sympathetic.
    • Before Howard Shore, Danny Elfman was approached to score the film.

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