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The monkey used in the alley scene, is the same monkey that was featured in Outbreak (1995), and played Marcel on the television series Friends (1994).
This film has been officially banned in Egypt for "sacrilegious content".
Instead of having the usual 555 prefix, a phone number used by God (Morgan Freeman) was an actual phone number in many U.S. area codes, causing owners of that phone number to be bombarded with calls. For the video release, this number was changed to 555-0123. The phone number used by Bruce later in the film, was used by a radio station in Colorado, and a woman in Florida, both of whom were deluged with calls wanting to talk with God. The producers then bought these two numbers, and stopped the problems.
Jim Carrey often insisted on doing upwards of thirty takes of some scenes.
Even though the storyline is set in Buffalo, New York, the town square is shot in the Universal backlot. The set is the same iconic set, used in the Back to the Future trilogy, where the Hill Valley clocktower still sits. In the riot scene, a full shot of the clocktower can clearly be seen.
The address for God's company is 77256 23rd Street. 77256 are the numbers you'd get, if you dial 'PSALM' on a phone pad. So, the address is Psalm 23.
The movie is set in Buffalo, New York, because Jim Carrey grew up in Toronto, Ontario, just north of Buffalo, and watched WKBW-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News as a kid. In those days, Eyewitness News was anchored by Irv Weinstein, who was famous for his staccato delivery and use of alliterative phrases like "Pistol Packing Punks" and "Buffalo Blaze Busters". Irv Weinstein was the first news anchor to use the phrase "It's 11 o'clock, do you know where your children are?"
At one point, Jennifer Aniston was shooting this movie, Friends (1994), and Along Came Polly (2004) at the same time.
Jim Carrey actually owns a Saleen S7 similar to the one he drives in the movie.
A crane was blown over by strong winds during shooting. It was reported at the time, that Jennifer Aniston, who was standing with her back to the crane, didn't see it toppling towards her, but Jim Carrey pushed her out of the way in time to avert a serious accident. Jim Carrey subsequently played down the extent of the peril, and said that the stories were exaggerated. Jennifer Aniston has since denied that she was even there.
When Bruce looks at Grace's prayers some of them can be seen on screen in two shots - all of her prayers and filtered to include only Bruce's. In the first shot, only one of the 21 visible prayers are close to being for Grace's own benefit: "Please Help The Day Care Kids Listen Better". The visible prayers in the first shot are:
  • Please Watch Over My Sister
  • Please Help Day Care Center
  • Please Keep Debbie's Kids Safe
  • Please Give My Day Care Parents Wisdom
  • Please Be With Mom During This Time
  • Please Keep Our Country Safe
  • Please Help Bruce To Be Happy
  • Please Watch Over My Day Care Kids
  • Please Guide Our President's Decisions
  • Please Give Debbie The Energy She Needs
  • Please Help Mom Stay Healthy
  • Please Help Blood Drive Reach Their Goal
  • Please Help Bruce Make Good Decisions
  • Please Help The Day Care Kids Listen Better
  • Please Help Debbie Be Happy
  • Please Help My Relationship With Bruce
  • Please Watch Over Mom
  • Please Help Debbie And Bruce Get Along
  • Please Watch Over Martin From Day Care
  • Please Help Mom Be Happy
  • Please Help Bruce To Have Confidence
At one point in this film, Jim Carrey makes a dead-on impression of Clint Eastwood, as his famous character Dirty Harry Callahan. Jim Carrey played Johnny Squares in The Dead Pool (1988), which was the final installment of the Dirty Harry franchise.
Among the many religious and Biblical allusions in the film are :
  • When exiting God's "office", Bruce walks right over the puddle that drenched his leg on the way in.
  • At the diner, while parting his tomato soup à la the Red Sea, the background music is the theme from The Ten Commandments (1956).
  • His prayer e-mail service is called "Yahweh.com", a reference to God's Biblical name.
  • At the party celebrating the anchor position, Bruce turns water into wine, and poses next to a statue of a golden calf.
  • When Bruce is about to get his job back, he tells Jack that he (Bruce) needed some time to reassess his goals and find his true self. Jack, astonished, asks him, "You did that in a day?" Then Bruce says, "Imagine what I would do in seven!", which references Genesis.
Director Tom Shadyac and Jim Carrey's third collaboration. The first two were Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Liar Liar (1997).
Morgan Freeman portrays God in this film. In real-life, he is an agnostic.
At the party where Bruce is celebrating his new anchor position, he can be seen to momentarily lean on a golden calf. This is a direct reference to the story of Moses, and the exodus where the disbelieving Israelites incurred the wrath of God, by forging a golden calf, and worshipping the same as a pagan god, while Moses received the Ten Commandments. This is obviously due to Bruce misusing his new found powers, and showing no respect for others.
When Jim Carrey turns on the television in the beginning, the man who appears is John Murphy, the real-life Sports Director for WKBW-TV in Buffalo.
Morgan Freeman, who plays God in this movie, is wearing a New York Yankees hat. A popular phrase in baseball is, "Even God is a Yankee fan".
Eva Mendes was originally cast as Susan Ortega, but had to be replaced, due to scheduling conflicts.
The movie is based on the 1991 book "Almighty Me" by Robert Bausch. The rights to the book were sold to Hollywood Films, a division of Disney Studios. The book and its author are uncredited in the film.
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of God, which Morgan Freeman then accepted. Nicholson and Freeman appeared in The Bucket List (2007).
Several scenes were written, and can be read in the script (available online), but didn't make the final film. Some made the deleted scenes on the DVD, but some did not. These include: Bruce answering prayers individually, including giving a nerdy boy strength, helping some prisoners escape, and giving a man a bigger penis. (On the DVD); a longer "Little Less Conversation" montage, featuring Bruce finding Bigfoot (on the DVD), him struggling to take a bath due to automatically walking on the water's surface, and him making zoo pandas mate by making them insatiably horny (not on the DVD); the mansion where Bruce throws the party is revealed to have been the new home Bruce has bought (on the DVD); right before his first live broadcast, Bruce uses his powers to "pleasure" Susan Ortega (not on the DVD); Grace's boobs grow twice more (not on the DVD); Grace's boobs go back to normal after she prays for them to (Not on the DVD).
On May 27, 2010, the section of the Universal backlot that burned down, near where parts of Bruce Almighty (2003) was filmed, finally re-opened, with the sets completely dressed as they were.
When Jim Carrey first meets God (Morgan Freeman), the elevator is out-of-order, and has to use the stairs. This is a nod to the song "Stairway to Heaven".
In the scene where Bruce pulls up to God's office, the outside of the building reads "Omni Presents," referring to the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian beliefs of the state of God's omnipresence.
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The name of the weather man (Dallas Coleman) and the name of the sportscaster (Fred Donohue) are both combinations of famous Los Angeles area newscasters, weather men Dallas Raines and Fritz Coleman and sportscasters Fred Roggin and Todd Donoho.
Mark O'Keefe and Steve Koren's original screenplay was instantly snapped up by Universal.
Jim Carrey makes a Clint Eastwood impression in this film. Earlier in his career, Carrey appeared in Eastwood's final Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool (1988). Carrey also did Eastwood impressions earlier in his stand up career. Another film, in which he does an Eastwood impression, is The Mask (1994), where he attacks a group of thieves at a nightclub with fake guns.
In the movie, Bruce compares himself to an ant, while God is "a kid with a magnifying glass." Jim Carrey makes the almost exact statement in I Love You Phillip Morris (2010), where he plays a gay con artist, based on actual events.
The supercar driven by Bruce Nolan later in the film, is a Saleen S7. This car is often confused with the McLaren F1.
This movie marks the third Tom Shadyac film with a reference to Jimmy Hoffa. The first was by Raynor Scheine in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), and the second was by Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor (1996).
Jack Nicholson was offered the role of God. He coincidentally played the Devil in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
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When Bruce is mopping the floor, Moran Freeman's character, God says "Alrighty then" which can be linked back to Carrey's previous role as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In Bruce Almighty (2003), like in The Mask (1994), when Jim Carrey's character is exploring his newfound powers, he happens to pass a back alley that contains a group, that gave his character grief earlier in the film. In both instances, he uses his new powers to exact revenge on the group, and they run away terrified.
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During the scene where Bruce is getting ready to read the news, Jack tells Bruce that the Sabres have won the Stanley Cup. In reality, the Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup. They made the Stanley Cup Finals twice: once in 1975 and again in 1999, but lost to the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars respectively.
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