Trivia / Red State

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Smith wrote the part of Abin Cooper with George Carlin in mind; unfortunately, Carlin had been suffering from a bad case of not being alive for three years come filming.
    • 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.