Trivia / Osmosis Jones

The Film:

  • Actor Allusion: In the climactic fight scene between Ozzy and Thrax, the camera briefly freezes and rotates around them; a la The Matrix. Thrax is voiced by Laurence Fishburne, who played Morpheus.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty! For reasons unknown, some people associate the phrase "ladies and germs" with this movie.
  • Box Office Bomb: With a gross of $14,026,418 against a $75m budget, Osmosis Jones was one of the more expensive bombers from 2001.
  • Defictionalization: There's a throwaway line about the "National Chicken Wing Festival" in Buffalo, New York. There was no such festival at the time the film was made, but now...
  • Executive Meddling: The movie was originally planned to be PG-13, but all swearing, a scene of Ozzy visiting sperm cells, and several more violent scenes were cut to be more kid friendly. This is considered by fans to be the worst decision made in production. Some have questioned on what the movie would have been if it was PG-13. Some have believed that Warner Bros had trouble on deciding to market this as an animated comedy for adults or an animated kids' movie.
  • Genius Bonus: They visit the Chicken Pox virus at one point.
  • Screwed by the Network: Warner Bros. couldn't figure out if the movie was a family film or an action buddy cop film, so they just dropped it to an August weekend to ensure its failure.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This movie and Pootie Tang did Chris Rock's reputation no favors.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original script and in early cuts of the movie, a scene was featured when Osmosis and Drix go to the Gonad's Gym. It involved them talking to the "exercising" sperm cells. The scene was cut in order to stay family friendly. The Gonad's Gym logo does appear on Drix's suitcase during a scene in the police station locker room.
    • Also, the script reveals that Osmosis went to a family reunion when he was young. At that time Frank went to the doctors to have some blood removed, possibly in a blood drive. The needle drew out all of Ozzy's relatives, apparently leaving him all alone, which adds to his lone wolf status in the film. The ending has Frank getting a blood transfusion to save his life, with his own prior blood. And Ozzy's family returned to Frank, in a parody of the abductees returning in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This was revealed in the DVD commentary.
    • One thing that was not cut out: a statue of a sperm with the inscription "OUR FOUNDER".
    • Will Smith said he was interested in the role of Osmosis, but schedule conflicts prevented that.
    • According to this long series of pictures (continue by clicking right), had the film not bombed, there would have been a surge of merchandise based off the movie such as T-shirts, key chains, and oddly enough, a snot slingshot that shoots fake boogers.