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Trivia / Conspiracy Theory

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  • Playing Against Type: Good-natured, avuncular Patrick Stewart plays the Big Bad.
  • Real-Life Relative: The doctor, who lets Alice into the restricted area to see Jerry handcuffed to the bed, is Mel Gibson's younger brother Donal Gibson. He also comes in to help Jerry when he is having a heart attack.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Screenwriter Brian Helgeland stood outside the gates of Warner Bros. studios holding a sign that said "Will Write For Food" on it. Richard Donner stopped to talk to him, and this ended up being one of the films they worked on together. They also worked together on Assassins.
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  • Throw It In: According to Richard Donner, Mel Gibson improvised the opening scenes in which his character expounds his conspiracy theories to a succession of passengers.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jodie Foster was initially offered the role of Alice. She turned it down, due to making Contact. Winona Ryder was also considered.
    • In the original script, the theme song was to be "Blue Moon".