- Actor-Shared Background: Why Samuel L. Jackson was able to convincingly play a drug addict.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Halle Berry refused to bathe for two weeks in preparation for a role as a crack addict.
- Fake Nationality: Mexican Anthony Quinn (who also had Irish and Native American ancestry) as Lou Carbone, an Italian.
- Harpo Does Something Funny: John Turturro wrote much of his own lines which Spike Lee incorporated into the script.
- In Memoriam: The film starts with a dedication to the memory of murder victim Yusuf Hawkins.
- Reality Subtext: Samuel L. Jackson had just undergone treatment for drug addiction and had only two weeks from his discharge from rehab to the start of filming. Jackson has gone on record as saying that Gator's ravaged look was not make-up, but actually the result of Jackson's own detoxification.
- What Could Have Been:
- Write What You Know: The film is a result of Spike Lee's anger at his father for remarrying to a white woman shortly after Spike's mother died.
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