Trivia / Red State

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Kevin Smith had been blown away by Michael Parks' brief performance in From Dusk Till Dawn, which he attended a preview screening of in the 90s, and cast him as Rev. Cooper just so he could see Parks give another awesome performance.
  • Career Resurrection: Sort of. While his mainstream career pretty much ended after Cop Out, this film saw the beginning of Kevin Smith's new series of self-financed road show films, allowing him to continue to make films exactly the way he wants to. He also claimed that working with Michael Parks made him fall in love with filmmaking again after Cop Out made him start to hate it.
  • The Cast Show Off: Prior to casting, Kevin Smith was unaware of Michael Parks' previous career as a country western singer, and wrote in scenes where Parks was allowed to sing. Parks later recorded a tie-in EP of gospel songs titled The Red State Sessions.
  • Dawson Casting: Travis, Jared, Billy Ray and Cheyenne are all teenagers, however, they're all played by people in their mid-twenties.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: LA radio DJ Ralph Garmin plays a mute.
  • Playing Against Type: Kevin Smith deliberately wanted to make a film that was nothing like his previous ones in any way, shape or form, partially because his repeated attempts to make a "Kevin Smith movie" had been hugely unsuccessful.
  • Real-Life Relative: Jennifer Schwalbach Smith turns in her usual appearance in her husband's film. Also, Michael Parks and James Parks: father and son in real life and in the film.
  • Throw It In: Michael Parks came up with the last line of the movie being Cooper's neighboring cellmate yelling at him to "Shut the fuck up!", and that Kevin Smith himself should say it. Smith agreed, but only on the condition that he would't be seen, lest it be too distracting.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • While the role of Albin Cooper was conceived for Michael Parks, Kevin Smith also considered George Carlin for the part, but Carlin died before the film was green-lit.
    • Smith originally pitched it to Miramax, then to The Weinstein Company. Both times, the Weinsteins turned it down for it's bleak subject matter.
    • Also, Smith also wanted to the original ending to follow through with the Biblical prophecies. In the original ending, everyone dies and while they're dying, the ground shakes and splits open. Keenan manages to survive his injury just long enough to see a giant Angel with a sword fly away, followed by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse descending from the clouds.
    • Another variant of the unused ending featured everyone except for Keenan surviving his injury and seeing the giant angel with the sword over the body of one of the ATF who sees him and wordlessly shushes him, ending the film. The angel is Loki from Dogma.
  • Word of God: Kevin Smith claims that the film is divided up into "the three topics you're not supposed to talk about": sex, religion and politics. These are listed as such in the cast credits.
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