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  • Creator Backlash: Alexander Payne disowned the film, claiming Adam Sandler changed most of what Payne and cowriter Jim Taylor had written, calling the film "offensive, homophobic, and generally stupid."
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The writer of the screenplay, Alexander Payne, claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. Lots of changes. To the point where he wanted to have his name taken off but clearly did not succeed.
    • Chuck and Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. The MPAA threatened to give them an R-rating unless they subverted it.
  • Real-Life Relative:
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    • Steve Buscemi was actually a New York City Firefighter before he became an actor. His brother is an actor, Michael Buscemi, who plays a firefighter — "Higgy" in the credits, "Higgins" on his uniform.
    • Adam Sandler's wife Jackie appears as the school teacher when Larry goes to his daughter's career day.
  • Wag the Director: Dan Aykroyd approached Adam Sandler and respectfully requested to change some of his lines. Sandler thought the material Aykroyd came up with was hilarious, so he was allowed to do so.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The script was originally titled I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny and would have paired Will Smith and Nicolas Cage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version, which was sidelined due to budget issues. At another stage, it would have starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
    • Also, the original script of the film was intended to be a Black Comedy about homophobia and gay marriage. However, when Adam Sandler signed on he rewrote the script and Flanderized all of the serious bits.
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