Trivia: Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Dawson Casting: Ted Neeley is now over twice Jesus' age.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Both the movie and the musical were quite big in 1980's USSR. Yeah, you heard that right.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: In the 1973 film, the Apostle Peter is played by legendary porn star/adult film director Paul Thomas, before the man's dive into the pornography business.
    • The 1971 Swedish verison of the play had a member of a music group playing Mary Magdalene.
    • A Japanese version has Chairman Kaga as Jesus.
    • The 2000 version features Rik Mayall as Herod.
    • After the 1973 film Herod would become an elementary school principal.
    • In 1973, one of the better-known Spanish-speaking versions of the play was sponsored and led by Spanish singer Camilo Blanes Cortés, better known as Camilo Sesto. it also had Dominican singer Ángela Carrasco as Mary Magdalene.
  • Karmic Jackpot: In a possible real-life example, Ted Neeley's reward for playing Jesus in the 1973 movie was to meet his future wife during the production (she's one of the background dancers in the "Simon Zealotes" segment). They've been married for nearly 40 years.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The 1973 film is true 1970's glory, though that wasn't intended at the time.
  • What Could Have Been: Carl Anderson's career.
    • One of those up for the role of Jesus was a nineteen-year old actor from New Jersey named John Travolta. Not saying it would've been good, but it certainly would've been interesting.
    • Ted Neeley auditioned for Judas. No, seriously.