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  • Ability over Appearance: Ken Russell said that even though Oliver Reed "wasn't ideal physically for the part he couldn't have played it better."
  • Banned in China: The film was banned in Turkey because the nude wrestling scene was considered as a graphic gay sex scene.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Alan Bates was originally cast as Gerald. When Oliver Reed was cast, he was reassigned the role of Rupert.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: Glenda Jackson was pregnant during filming. In referring to her nude scenes, she said she'd never had such a "wonderful bosom".
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  • The Other Marty: Michael Gough was cast after shooting had begun when it was decided that the actor originally given the role was miscast.
  • Wag the Director: The wrestling match originally took place by a meadow at night. Oliver Reed disliked this idea and suggested it take place indoors. He got his point across by performing a wrestling move on Ken Russell.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Stanley Kubrick was asked to direct.
    • Producer Larry Kramer wanted Edward Fox for the role of Gerald. Fox fitted Lawrence's description of the character ("blond, glacial and Nordic"), but United Artists, the studio financing the production, imposed Oliver Reed, a more bankable star, as Gerald even though he was not physically like Lawrence's description of the character. Michael Caine was offered the role, but couldn't handle the nudity.
    • Faye Dunaway and Vanessa Redgrave turned down the role of Ursula, finding it the less interesting of the two sisters and that they'd be overshadowed by Glenda Jackson. Shirley MacLaine was set to play the role, but backed out due to the nude scenes.


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