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Trivia / The Master of Disguise

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  • Billing Displacement: The director himself actually lampshades this on the DVD Commentary, regarding Kenan Thompson's billing during the end titles as part of the main cast, despite his appearance being nothing more than a glorified cameo towards the end of the movie (and is joked that his spot during the end titles is just as long as his actual appearance in the movie itself was).
  • The Cast Showoff: The film's plot is meant to accommodate Dana Carvey's trademarked ability for uncanny impersonations. One of the outtakes also includes a shot of Carvey, in his turtle suit, playing drums, alluding to Carvey's drumming abilities.
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  • Creator Killer: The Master of Disguise was the directorial debut of production designer Perry Andelin Blake. This film's nuclear failure with critics drowned his directing career immediately, with the nearest he's ever gotten to the director's chair in the years since being a few second unit director credits on other Happy Madison Productions films.
  • The Danza: Jennifer Esposito as Jennifer Baker.
  • Dawson Casting: Pistachio is supposed to be 25. Dana Carvey was 47 at time of filming.
  • Executive Meddling: Executives insisted on not having Pistachio's grandfather be able to help Pistachio rescue his parents, so the joke/plot point of Pistachio's grandfather not being able to directly help because of family tradition was added into the film as a result.
  • Old Shame: When asked by a fan on Twitter on how they should punish their kid for mispronouncing Data, Brent Spiner told them to make their kid watch this film.
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  • So My Kids Can Watch: Dana Carvey agreed to the film because his children were too young to watch any of his other movies, which were all decidedly family-unfriendly.
  • Star-Derailing Role:
    • Dana Carvey. Meant as his comeback film, the movie instead torpedoed Carvey's film career. His only film roles since then has been a supporting role in 2011's much-maligned Jack and Jill and finally doing a voice role in The Secret Life of Pets, the latter of which came 14 years after The Master Of Disguise.
    • MOD was also one of two 2002 films, the other being Star Trek: Nemesis, that put a severe dent in Brent Spiner's career.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film not only has a soundtrack that's filled with early 2000s pop songs, but is stuffed with references to many things like Shrek, Malcolm in the Middle, the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, The Olsen Twins, and (in a Deleted Scene) All That.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An alternate ending had Pistachio taking Bowman down dressed as Captain America. The kids who appear in the scene are still acknowledged in the credits.
    • Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler were considered for Pistachio Disguisey.


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