Trivia / Jacob's Ladder

  • Retroactive Recognition: Macauley Culkin has an uncredited role as Jacob's son.
    • How about Lewis Black showing up for three seconds as the doctor who comes to help when Jacob has his mortally high fever?
    • Eriq La Salle (ER's Dr. Benton) and Ving Rhames (Marsellus Wallace of Pulp Fiction) play two of Jacob's fellow veterans, before either of their actors had those roles.
    • Jason Alexander also has a small role as the lawyer.
    • When Jacob is running a high fever and freaking out, Kyle Gass helps fill his tub with ice.
  • Troubled Production: Bruce Joel Rubin's script was considered "unfilmable" for 15 years, while Sight & Sound Magazine called it the best unproduced script in Hollywood. Adrian Lyne bravely tackled the confusing, crazy story and managed to distill it and ground it in reality.
  • What Could Have Been: According to director Adrian Lyne, the original screenplay contained a much more traditional, Bosch-esque depiction of hell. However, Lyne thought audiences would find such imagery silly.