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  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Kevin Smith found Linda Fiorentino so difficult to work with that he regretted not casting his first choice, Janeane Garofalo (who played Bethany's co-worker Liz).
    • Jason Lee was originally cast as Loki. Scheduling confilicts meant he had to take the smaller role of Azrael.
  • Channel Hop: Thanks to the controversy the film created, Disney (which owned Miramax Films at the time) forced the now-disgraced Weinstein brothers to buy the film themselves, and they went to Lionsgate (then a relatively-obscure, primarily Canadian film company) for theatrical distribution. In turn, since Lionsgate's home entertainment arm was relatively small (they wouldn't acquire Artisan Entertainment for a couple more years), Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment picked up the video rights.
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  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Thanks to the aforementioned issues with Disney, any references to them, Miramax, and the Weinsteins were bleeped out on the DVD Commentary.
  • Creator Backlash: Mocked; when a group of people announced they were going to picket his film at a theater near where he lives, Kevin Smith himself showed up and picketed the film too with a "Dogma is dogshit" banner. He ends up being filmed by a news crew as a protester, and the reporter recognized him. The funniest part was that the protest was slated to be a group of 500 people, of which there were... five. He went on to say that he was most disappointed that nobody had even gone to the effort of making a sign as nice and detailed as his.
  • Deleted Scene: A whole bunch of 'em
    • There was a deleted scene, which made it all the way to the Cannes screening, of Azrael giving his take on Hell of being a place of eternal Heroic Self-Deprecation, making it a place of eternal suffering. This being bad for Fallen Angels, which is shown with Bartleby, that being away from God is bad enough, but humanity's guilt in creating a hellhole drove them so insane that Azrael prefers oblivion than undergoing eternal Sanity Slippage. It was cut for making him seem too sympathetic.
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    • There was also a climactic face-off in the hospital between Silent Bob, a badly burned and half-decomposed Triplet, and the Golgothan. The battle was to end with the Triplet killing Bethany (temporarily), and God, newly liberated, transforming the Golgothan into flowers. Test audiences felt there was "too much Golgothan", and the film's run time already exceeded two hours, so the scene was eliminated.
  • Development Hell: Kevin Smith started writing this movie before he wrote Clerks, but after listening to a radio interview with Robert Rodriguez about the importance of writing around what was readily available, Smith wisely decided that it was too ambitious and started writing a film about the convenience store he worked in instead. He then considered doing this as his follow up, but felt that he still needed more experience as a filmmaker first.
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  • Hostility on the Set: According to Smith, there were days where Linda Fiorentino wouldn't even speak to him while shooting, which is understandably frustrating, and that he hugely regrets casting her.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Staunchly atheist George Carlin as a priest (a corrupt one, so it's not that ironic). He's also seen playing Office Golf. Carlin despised golf.
  • Life Imitates Art: As if "Buddy Christ" had not been Memetic Mutation enough on its own, along comes this to make things interesting.
  • Name's the Same: The angel Loki shares the name of the Norse trickster god; the angel Bartleby shares the name of a character from a Herman Melville short story.
  • No Export for You: The UK is stuck with a vanilla DVD (the extras are a trailer and few minutes of TV interviews with the cast). More galling because this edition is produced by Film Four who co-funded the production!
  • Orphaned Reference: Cardinal Glick places an odd emphasis on God being male, considering the final cut has nobody telling him otherwise.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: According to Kevin Smith, a mess of copyright issues has prevented the film from receiving a digital release.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Linda Fiorentino was barely seen on the big screen ever since the film's commentary track revealed how hard it was to work with her.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Kevin Smith also originally wanted to do a sequel about Islam, but since it would touch on a belief system much less forgiving to jokes, he decided to abandon the idea of a sequel altogether.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Rufus' reply, "Know him? Nigga owes me twelve bucks!" when asked if he knows Christ, was one of the few lines ad-libbed by Chris Rock. When Rufus awakens on the train, he says the words "poopy trim", this was not in the script, but had been used in ''Mallrats, when Willam is standing in front of the magic eye poster, he is woken from his trance by Brodie, and he says "poopy trim", and another ad-lib is when Rock calls Silent Bob "biggie". It was originally written as "tubby".
    • On the train when Silent Bob grabs Bartleby, he yells, "Schüler Bob? I'll get you for this Schüler Bob!" Ben Affleck ad-libbed the line, much to the amusement of the cast and crew, intending it to be Silent Bob in German. Kevin Smith left it in even though Schüler is actually German for pupil.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The opening scene takes place in an airport, where Bartleby enjoys watching people meeting their loved ones right as they come off the plane.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Joey Lauren Adams was going to play Bethany, but Lion's Gate only agreed to finance the production if it had a more recognizable actress in the role.
    • An earlier version of the script available here features scenes of Jay and Silent Bob singing, a full explanation of the Stygian triplets, as well as the second fight against Noman the Golgothan. These scenes are also available on the 2-disc DVD.
    • Kevin Smith jokes that he originally wanted to end the film by God answering Bethany's "Why are we here?" question with "I've got one word for you, just one: plastics!," resulting in everyone's head blowing up.
    • Gillian Anderson was considered for Bethany.
    • At one point, Alanis Morissette (yes, God herself) was going to play Bethany, but declined because it would have conflicted with her touring schedule. Emma Thompson was also offered the role, but she turned it down in order to have a baby.
    • God was at one point supposed to be played by Holly Hunter (see above). Shannen Doherty (who had been in another Smith film, Mallrats) wanted the role.
    • Before Howard Shore, Danny Elfman was approached to score the film, but he was unavailable.
    • Smith pursued Robert Rodriguez to direct the filmnote . Rodriguez enjoyed the script but, in seeing how personal the story was, insisted that Smith himself direct.
    • Samuel L. Jackson and Will Smith were considered for Rufus.
    • Bill Murray, Adam Sandler and John Travolta were all considered for Azrael. Sandler turned it down in order to star in Big Daddy (which, oddly enough, also starred Joey Lauren Adams).
    • Albert Brooks and Chevy Chase were offered the role of Cardinal Glick.
    • The boardroom massacre was supposed to be a John Woo-type action sequence (hence the big stunt guys in suits) but Smith decided to change it at the last minute.
  • Working Title: While in production, the project's name was Bearclaw.

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