- Billing Displacement: Michael Douglas has top billing despite not appearing until about halfway through the movie and Val Kilmer being in the lead role. Douglas taking over as producer had a lot to do with that.
- Executive Meddling/Wag the Director:
- According to script writer William Goldman, Remington was originally going to be a small and enigmatic character simply known as "Red Beard", but after Michael Douglas took over as producer the role was given to him and received more importance at Patterson's expense. The final insult came when Val Kilmer was nominated to the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor.
- Director Stephen Hopkins said in 1999 interview with SFX magazine how making the film was his worst experience as a filmmaker, "a true nightmare". Even before filming began the working relationship between Douglas and Hopkins was very tense. Douglas even went and had the movie completely re-cut in post production removing 45 minutes of scenes in order for him to have more screen time. This also explains story parts that go nowhere and plot holes that the movie has. Like for example, a part where the story jumps from having only few people killed by lions only for characters in next scenes mentioning how the number of people dead is much bigger. Hopkins expressed disappointment with the final cut of the film.
- Fake Irish: Val Kilmer as Col. John Henry Patterson.
- What Could Have Been:
- In the early '90s, when Brian De Palma was chosen to direct the film, Kevin Costner was going to star as Patterson. However when The Bonfire of the Vanities proved to be a box office disaster the studio withdrew their offer to De Palma and Costner went on to do The Bodyguard.
- Kenneth Branagh was approached to direct after the success of Henry V.
- Paramount originally wanted Michael Mann to direct.
- Paramount wanted Tom Cruise or Mel Gibson to star as Patterson.
- The part of Remington was originally offered to Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins but both declined; the producers were considering asking Gérard Depardieu when Michael Douglas, initially hired as a producer, decided to play the role himself.
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