Trivia / Sin City

  • Ability over Appearance: Cardinal Roark is a dwarf in the book, and Rutger Hauer isn't. Needless to say, he's a One-Scene Wonder and most don't care that he's different.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • When one cop advises another to kill Hartigan without hesitation, they're quickly dispatched and Hartigan quips "Good advice". In Die Hard, a terrorist who tells John McClane to kill without hesitation is offed, with McClane snarking "Thanks for the advice". Both played by Bruce Willis, lying on his back and shooting upwards both times. Frank Miller even said that he thought of that very scene from Die Hard when he drew that scenario in "That Yellow Bastard". Little did he know…
    • In the film of A Dame to Kill For, the way Hartigan's ghost talks to Nancy is very reminiscent of Bruce Willis's role in The Sixth Sense.
    • Christopher Meloni playing a cop with marital problems, anger issues, has rape as a Berserk Button, and eventually Jumps Off The Slippery Slope? Gee, where have we seen this before?
    • Gail calls Dwight 'Lancelot.' Around this time Clive Owen had also starred in King Arthur, though playing Arthur and not Lancelot.
    • Jamie Chung takes up a sword to become a fearsome warrior in the second movie, around the time she was doing it in another show.
    • Michael Madsen amusingly shows up right after someone else gets their ear blown off. Although this time he's the cop.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Jackie Boy's make-up was Benicio Del Toro's idea. It was also his idea to have Jackie Boy pry the hands of his gun with his teeth.
  • All-Star Cast: The poster alone features Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Some of the cast of Sin City signed on after seeing the test footage which would eventually become the opening scene. In the making-of it's noted that a lot of them had wanted to play Film Noir characters for a long time, such as Bruce Willis. Also, many cast members signed on due to other actors being in talks. Considering the large cast of famous faces, this seems reasonable.
  • Banned in China: Malaysia.
  • Casting Gag: Ava and Damien Lord as an estranged husband and wife. They're played by Eva Green and Marton Csokas, former lovers who had already broken up.
  • Contractual Purity: It appears as if Elijah Wood and Alexis Bledel were attempting to break out of it, respectively playing a cannibal and a hooker. Wood had just come off playing Frodo Baggins, while Bledel had been known for Gilmore Girls and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
  • Creator Cameo: Frank Miller himself appears as the corrupt priest Marv kills in confession.
  • Creator In-Joke: Both Nancy and Wendy drive cars with the licence plate 'LEV 311'. Robert Rodriguez gives that to his favourite female characters in all his movies. It's a reference to his wife Lynn Varley, whose birthday is March 11th.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Nancy is said to be nineteen years old. Jessica Alba was twenty four.
    • Becky is implied to be much younger than the rest of the Old Town girls, possibly still a teenager. Alexis Bledel was twenty four, and only two years younger than Rosario Dawson.
  • Development Hell:
    • The movie sequels, until 2012.
    • In the past Frank Miller has promised several new stories, including a Hartigan prequel, a Jackie Boy prequel, a story set in 1940, and a story set in the Sin City's founding during the Gold Rush. So far, the only new stories written are the two featured in Sin City 2.
  • Fake American: Englishman Clive Owen as Dwight.
  • Fake Shemp: Used a lot due to how the movie was shot. Since most of it was green screen, characters could be added in after certain scenes had already been shot. For example, when Marv takes Wendy to Nancy's apartment, Jessica Alba had not been cast yet - so she was added in later. Likewise, Mickey Rourke and Elijah Wood never met until the premiere - despite their characters interacting prominently in the movie.
  • Fan Nickname: Roark Jr. is only ever referred to as Junior in the books, never as the Yellow Bastard.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A newspaper in "The Hard Goodbye" segment indicates that the film takes place in 1993.
  • The Other Darrin: Several characters from the first Sin City movie have now been recast due to either the untimely deaths or retirements of their previous actors.
    • Dennis Haysbert replaces Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute.
    • Jamie Cheung replaces Devon Aoki as Miho.
    • Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as Dwight McCarthy, as the story is set before "The Big Fat Kill" and Dwight's facial reconstruction. Owen was intended to return as Dwight post-surgery (with Brolin pre-surgery), but his schedule prevented it.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Playing Gertrude: Hartigan tells Nancy that he's old enough to be her grandfather. There's only twenty six years between him and Jessica Alba.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jessica Alba signed on not knowing that Nancy dances completely naked. She asked for the nudity to be removed. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller agreed, feeling there was no need for it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Ron Swanson is Schlubb!
  • Saved from Development Hell: The sequel is finally going to be in production.
    • In the back of Lost, Lonely and Lethal (published in December 1996) Miller announced a story called "The Hard Good-Bye" that would feature Nancy teaming up with Marv to avenge Hartigan. The title ended up being used as a Retronym for the first arc while the story itself finally saw the light of day in A Dame to Kill For as "Nancy's Last Dance," 18 years later.
  • Throw It In: One of the biggest examples of this trope. Michael Madsen reportedly approached Robert Rodriguez at the Kill Bill wrap party and asked why he hadn't been cast in Sin City yet. Rodriguez then gave him the role of Bob, the only part that hadn't been cast yet.
  • Type Casting: Mickey Rourke as an ugly, down on his luck bruiser with a heart of gold? He was born to play Marv. In fact, when Frank Miller met Rourke, the only thing he wrote down in his notes was, "Met Mickey Rourke — HE IS MARV."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Johnny Depp was the first choice for the role of Jackie Boy. But Robert Rodriguez saw Benicio Del Toro at the Academy Awards with long hair and immediately knew he was perfect.
    • Leonardo Di Caprio was in talks for the role of Junior. But he eventually declined, and Nick Stahl was cast instead.
    • The first film was planned to include the "Hell And Back" sequence with Johnny Depp as Wallace. It was eventually scrapped and didn't materialise in the sequel.

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