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Trivia / Kazaam

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  • Actor-Shared Background: Max didn't know much about his dad. In real life, Francis Capra also didn't know much about his own dad.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $20 million. Box office, $18.9 million.
  • Cast the Expert: John Costelloe plays a firefighter in this movie. In real life, he was a firefighter for 11 years before retiring in 1998.
  • Completely Different Title: In Russia, the movie was released under the loosely-translated title Called a Genie?. Romania also had a release as Say Three Wishes.
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  • Creator Killer: Unsurprisingly, this is director and Starsky & Hutch alumni Paul Michael Glaser's last theatrical movie, and his career would vanish for the next 5 years.
  • Dueling Movies: With two films: Warner Bros.'s Space Jam in the sports arena, and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, a fellow Disney project that was the second Direct-to-Video sequel to the original 1992 animated classic, in the genie/mystical arena. Both films smashed Kazaam to pieces.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Shaq states this to be his reason for being in the movie.
    Shaq: I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, "Hey, here's $7 million note , come in and do this genie movie." What am I going to say, no? So I did it.
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  • Old Shame: Averted for Shaq. He expresses no regrets about doing the film.
  • Star-Derailing Role: For Shaq, of course, along with Steel, which sent his non-basketball career back to the locker room for a long time.
  • Urban Legend: A surprising number of people on Reddit have discussed their memories of a similar film titled Shazaam, allegedly starting Sinbad as an incompetent genie. No such movie was ever made, with the explanations being either a vast conspiracy theory erasing its existence or (much more likely) people developing false memories based on Kazaam, perhaps conflating it with a couple Disney movies that came out around the same time: First Kid (with Sinbad as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the son of the President) and Blank Check (which has a finale set at a pool party, like Shazaam allegedly does).

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