Trivia / Red State

  • Career Resurrection: Sort of. Kevin Smith had had a decent to mediocre Hollywood career for a few years up until that point, but his efforts to leave his comfort zone all did badly both financially and critically. This was his return to the indie scene, and it would eventually prove to be exactly where he belonged. On the other hand, the bogus auction for the distribution rights did him zero favors with people that distribute indie movies and might be something he never lives down.
  • Dawson Casting: Travis, Jared, Billy Ray and Cheyenne are all teenagers, however, they're all played by people in their mid-twenties.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • 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.