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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Samuel L. Jackson played a big role in his character's sudden death scene having more "oomph."
    • Originally, he was given an even lengthier speech before he died, but both he and the FX team thought that the dialogue was absolutely terrible (his speech was apparently seven pages long in the script), so he asked them "You know, why don't you just kill me?" At first, director Renny Harlin resisted, wanting the whole speech to be completed before the death. But after a poor test screening, he finally relented, and a new editor cut the death to happen mid-sentence. And thus was born one of the film's most famous scenes. Jackson later called the head of the team and said "Best. Death. Ever!"
      • It's important to note that this death scene was the whole reason why Jackson signed on in the first place. Originally, he was offered the role of the cook (ultimately played by LL Cool J), but Jackson's management team thought the part was beneath him. So Harlin invented the character of Franklin specifically to kill him off in a memorable fashion, which Jackson found delightful.
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  • All-Star Cast: The cast includes familiar faces like Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, and Stellan Skarsgård.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Samuel L. Jackson happily signed on for the film, as he had enjoyed his experience working with Renny Harlin on The Long Kiss Goodnight.
  • Based on a Dream: The story was conceived by Australian screenwriter Duncan Kennedy after he witnessed a "horrific" shark attack on a beach near his home. The tragedy contributed to a recurring nightmare of him "being in a passageway with sharks that could read his mind". This motivated him to write a spec script, while acknowledging the challenge of approaching a shark film without repeating Jaws.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Samuel L. Jackson was initially offered the role of Preacher, but his management didn't like the idea of him playing a chef and turned it down, so Renny Harlin created the role of Russell Franklin for him.
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  • Deleted Role: Ronny Cox shows up very briefly (in what's otherwise The Cameo in the finished film - he's not even credited) as the company partner and co-CEO of Russell Franklin in the beginning, and has no lines whatsoever. It is presumed that any dialogue Cox's character had was cut from the finished product.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • There was cut footage that made clear that the relationship between Dr. Whitlock and Janice was not only sexual, but that she was pregnant with his child. This was cut on the basis that it would have made Janice's death "not feel right", according to Renny Harlin.
    • The film originally ended with Susan killing the shark and embracing Carter. After negative test audience reactions, this was changed to have her sacrifice herself to prevent the shark from escaping, while Preacher and Carter survived the film.
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  • Dueling Movies: With Lake Placid, both were aquatic animal-themed horror movies released in July 1999.
  • Enforced Method Acting: For one scene, Thomas Jane had to swim alongside a real live shark. He was only allowed to shoot this once he had completed all of his other scenes.
  • Executive Meddling: The film was originally set to end with Susan not only surviving, but delivering the fatal blow to the shark, before embracing Carter. However, during test screenings of the film, audience members were so incensed at Susan, who orchestrated the whole disaster and was unlikeable to boot, that they repeatedly yelled "Die, Bitch!" during the final act. As a result, the ending was reshot to have Susan perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the shark from escaping the perimeter fence, while her role was slightly toned down and Preacher's (LL Cool J) was beefed up to make him more of a heroic character.
  • Focus Group Ending: Test audiences so despised Susan (to the point of loudly screaming "Die, Bitch!" throughout the film), as well as the killing of LL Cool J's Bible-quoting parrot-avenging shark-burning chef, that the final ending was changed so that the Black Dude lives while the scientist lady gets munched on by a shark at the very end.
  • Looping Lines: A significant portion of the film had to be re-dubbed because of an outbreak of crickets on the underwater base set that would constantly chirp through every scene.
  • Prop Recycling: The orange colored mini-sub visible in the wet-entry area was the same mini-sub seen in the end of Sphere, also starring Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Technology Marches On: Ridiculous science aside, Susan's research may have been in danger of getting lost anyway because they were saved on iOmega ZIP disks. ZIP disks held more data than floppy disks, but the mechanism on the disk itself was prone to getting caught in the hard drive and corrupt the data. They completely fell out of favor after USB sticks were introduced to the market, which held way more data, were easier to use, and were way more durable (if nothing else, they're waterproof).
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  • Vacation, Dear Boy: In the DVD Commentary, both Renny Harlin and Samuel L. Jackson admit that the only reason the actor agreed to be in the movie was he got to golf between his takes (although Jackson also admitted he liked the prospect of reuniting with Harlin and being in a monster movie similar to ones he grew up watching).
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, Susan was to be the hero of the film. However, after a negative test screening for the first cut of the film, Renny Harlin conceded that to the audience her character was more or less the evil genius of the film, and had to be punished for it at the end. He purposely cut out some earlier scenes of Burrows to make her less sympathetic. It was also his idea to make Preacher the hero, citing that everyone liked him, and that he was a "pretty cool guy".
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