Trivia / Stargate

  • Money, Dear Boy:
    • Jaye Davidson wasn't very fond of acting and originally intended that The Crying Game would be the only film he ever made. However, the producers of this film were desperate to sign him on, and he agreed to do it for a million dollars; enough, he figured, to either make them give up or give him some financial security for the rest of his life.
    • Same for James Spader, who said in an Entertainment Weekly interview that he found the script "awful". Director Roland Emmerich did say that Spader enjoyed himself enough to be up for a sequel if it ever happened.
  • The Other Darrin: Stargate SG-1 recast all characters who originated in the movie except for Skaara and his and Sha'uri/Sha're's father Kasuf.
  • Playing Against Type: James Spader, going from his usual creepy, sex-obsessed dramatic roles to playing an Adorkable scientist to the nth degree. Kurt Russell, meanwhile, goes from being a slapstick action hero to a broody Death Seeker Anti-Hero at least until the film's climax.
    • French Stewart, of all people, plays a badass soldier! Of course, this was made before 3rd Rock from the Sun got him typecast as playing silly idiots.
  • Similarly Named Works: Has nothing to do with the arcade game Stargate, which is in fact a sequel to Defender.
  • Star-Making Role: For David Arnold, who got the gig after the producers heard his music from The Young Americans.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: It's starting to push the bounds of plausibility that the Cool Old Lady in the Present Day was a preteen child in 1928, which places her birth sometime in the late 1910s or so. In 1994, this would put her in her seventies (roughly the same age as Viveca Lindfors at the time), but today it would make her about a hundred. (Incidentally, Catherine's age seems to have been retconned by the TV series, which specified that she was twenty-one in 1945, thus placing her birth in about 1924.)
  • As mentioned on the main page, this was one of the first films to get a promotional website, as the Internet was just beginning to take off in popularity. There is debate on whether or not it was the first, as Star Trek: Generations also claims to have the first website.
  • There's a snyde Shout-Out to renowned Egyptologist E.A. Wallis Budge at the beginning when Daniel is asked to translate the writing on the stone. It may go right over the heads of most viewers, but to fans of Egyptology it's a hoot. Budge's translations as well as his interpretations of Egyptian religion and culture were unfortunately all too influenced by his Victorian attitudes. This essay explains why the line is appropriate and accurate. If you're interested, here's some recommended reading.
    Daniel. Well, the translation of the inner track is wrong. Must've used Budge. I don't know why they keep reprinting his books.