Trivia: Eyes Wide Shut

  • Author Existence Failure: Just barely averted, as Kubrick delivered the final cut (without the digitally added people in the orgy sequence) to Warner Brothers just a few days before his death. And apparently Kubrick himself was prepared to insert digital people should his cut not receive an R rating.
  • Creator Backlash: Disputed. R. Lee Ermey has said that Kubrick confided to him that he thought the film was "a piece of shit" and that he allowed Cruise and Kidman too much creative control, but Kubrick never openly said anything (for obvious reasons) and his producers said he was very pleased with the result. Todd Field, who starred as Nick the piano player, vigorously disputed Ermey's allegation, and Kubrick's daughter Katharina mentioned that "he was proud of most of his films, but he was very proud of Eyes Wide Shut" in a Reddit Q&A. (Really, the very concept of actors having too much creative control in a Stanley Kubrick film is so ludicrous as to make Alien Space Bats look plausible.)
    • The latter point also seems to be refuted in the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, which was released shortly after his passing. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman speak in a very entranced manner about Stanley (with Cruise providing narration for the documentary), and they sound as though they were just as subservient to and bemused by his perfectionism as anyone.
  • Executive Meddling: In order to bring the rating down from NC-17 to R, extra people were digitally inserted into the orgy scene via CGI to cover up genitalia.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Kubrick regarded this his finest contribution to cinema. This is arguably one of his only films that hasn't been vindicated by history. Yet.
  • No Export for You: Kubrick arranged to have the novella that the film was based upon kept from getting an english language release until after the film's release in order to ensure the film's plot does not get spoiled.
  • Real-Life Relative: Cruise and Kidman, who were married at the time.
  • Throw It In: Two musical cases. The choreographer played Jocelyn Pook's "Backwards Priests" on the set rehearsing the masked ball intro. Kubrick incorporated the song on the scene and called Pook to do the original score. Kubrick also allowed Nicole Kidman to listen to some music in order to liven up for nude scenes - and liked her choice of Chris Isaak enough to incorporate it in the movie and its advertisements.
  • What Could Have Been: Harrison Ford was Kubrick's first choice for the lead and reportedly wished that he had gotten Ford in a comment made shortly before his death.