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  • Ability over Appearance: Thomas was originally a Cockney until Robbie Coltrane was cast.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The movie featured "In Too Deep" Genesis, which also featured on the band's best-selling album Invisible Touch. The song was written primarily by Phil Collins after he was asked to write a song for this movie soundtrack, but is credited to all three members of the band. It became a hit in the U.K. and the U.S. The song is heard almost in its entirety in the middle of the movie.
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  • Cast the Expert: Neil Jordan cast real prostitutes in this movie.
  • Channel Hop: EMI were the original backers, but then they pulled out. Channel 4 were approached, but they dismissed the film as pornagraphic. It was eventually picked up by Handmade Films.
  • Development Hell: In May 2009, Larry Clark announced a remake of this movie to be made by him. As of April 2020, this movie has not been remade.
  • Executive Meddling: Handmade Films chief Denis O'Brien insisted that Genesis' music be featured in the film. He also wanted the film to end with George running down to Brighton Beach.
  • Executive Veto: George Harrison, who co-produced the film, was adamant that there be no nudity in the film whatsoever, even though it's about sex workers.
  • Playing Against Type: Bob Hoskins as a vulnerable sad-sack, Michael Caine as a sleazy flesh-peddler and Robbie Coltrane in an early dramatic role.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The early scripting called for George to be a much older character, and Sean Connery was suggested. Although Connery admired the work of Neil Jordan, and wanted to work with him, he disliked the role.
    • Anthony Hopkins was offered to play Mortwell, but turned it down, because he was not right for the part.
    • At one point, Hand Made Films Producer Denis O'Brien suggested Grace Jones for the role of Simone after seeing her on the poster for A View to a Kill.


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