- Actor-Shared Background: The birth date used for John Sedley, as seen on the monitor in the hospital operating room, is Mickey Rourke's actual real-life birthday of September 16th.
- Box Office Bomb: Budget: $20 million. Gross: $7,000,000
- What Could Have Been:
- Harold Becker was originally slated to direct before leaving and being replaced by Walter Hill, who turned down the project a few times.
- Al Pacino was initially interested in playing the title character, and worked with the producers on developing the script. However, Pacino ultimately dropped out of the project, due to script problems. Pacino felt, despite numerous revisions, they had never been able to transcend the script's B-movie qualities. Willem Dafoe and Richard Gere were also considered.
Trivia / Johnny Handsome