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(2003)

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Billy Bob Thornton has said that he was genuinely intoxicated during some of filming.
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Tony Cox ad-libbed the "You probably shouldn't be digging in your ass" line. Director Terry Zwigoff found the line so funny that he admitted to repeatedly cracking up on set and even waking up in the middle of the night laughing.
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In his autobiography "The Billy Bob Tapes", Billy Bob Thornton said that if he could go back to any time in his life and relive it, he listed this film, The Alamo (2004) and when he worked for the Arkansas Highway Department in 1979.
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This was John Ritter's final acting appearance in a movie and it is dedicated to his memory.
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Billy Bob Thornton said that he's had eight year olds approach him about his role in the movie. Thornton was stunned that parents would even allow their kids to watch that movie at that age.
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Jack Nicholson read the script and wanted to do the film, but had to turn it down because he was already committed to Something's Gotta Give (2003).
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Bill Murray was signed on as Willie but dropped out for Lost in Translation (2003).
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The Czech Republic's title for this film translates as "Santa is a Pervert".
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The word "fuck" and its variations are used 159 times in the movie. The term "shit" appears 73 times amid a total of approx. 300 profanities.
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Throughout the film, there are several hints to Bernie Mac's character having chronic constipation; he eats oranges, mixes stool softener into his drinks, etc.
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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Terry Zwigoff revised the screenplay.
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The unrated version of the film furthers the record for the most profanities in a Christmas film, including 170 uses of "fuck", 74 uses of "shit", 31 uses of "ass", 10 uses of "bitch", and 1 use of "bastard", in variable forms.
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Ajay Naidu's character calls Billy Bob Thornton's character an "ass clown." Naidu was in Office Space (1999), the movie that made the term "ass clown" popular when Michael Bolton (the singer) was referred to as a "no talent ass clown".
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The parking lot behind the department store, which is featured in many scenes, is the same parking lot (at Del Amo Mall ) where Robert De Niro shoots Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown (1997).
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John Bunnell (Police Chief) is actually a sheriff who regularly hosts Police Videos (1998).
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Larry David was considered for the role of Willie.
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Billy Bob Thornton's character "Willie" last name is revealed as Soke when he is in the hotel room in Miami, on the answering machine.
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The Kitnerboy Redoubt safe is fictional. It is a reference to Jaws (1975) where one of the victims is referred to as "the little Kitner boy".
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First movie in Ireland to be rated the new 16 certificate.
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John Ritter' also appeared in Sling Blade (1996) with Billy Bob Thornton. They also starred together in the TV series "Hearts Afire".
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Willie drinks what is clearly meant to be Stolichnaya vodka, but at the end when the kid is laying the table and goes to the fridge, the label actually begins Snot instead of Stol.
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Universal Pictures and Working Title Films rejected the script because of its coarse nature. Dimension Films then picked it up.
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Chamberlain's, the only anchor store that appears in the Saguaro Square Mall, is fictional and never existed. The space used for Chamberlain's was actually Del Amo Fashion Center's former Montgomery Ward store. The store was vacant at the time of the movie's filming. This wing no longer exists, as in 2006, the Montgomery Ward building was demolished along with the entire wing and replaced with the new, open-air Lifestyle Court.
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Two members of the cast are now deceased, Bernie Mac and John Ritter'.
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John Ritter's last Live Action film released 2 months after his death.
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Bernie Mac and Tony Cox previously costarred in Friday (1995).
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Keanu Reeves were considered for the role of Willie.
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Denis Leary was at one point in mind to play Willie.
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According to his report card, the name of 'The Kid' is Thurman Merman.
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Robert De Niro and James Gandolfini were considered for the role of Willie.
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Nathan Lane were considered for the role of Marcus Skidmore.
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Téa Leoni were considered for the role of Sue.
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Randy Quaid were considered for the role of Bob Chipeska.
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Robin Williams were considered for the role of Marcus Skidmore.
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Chuck Norris were considered for the role of Willie.
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Jodi Benson were considered for the role of Sue.
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Brett Kelley's character is listed in the credits as "The Kid", even though his name is revealed to be Thurman Merman during the report card scene. Lauren Graham's character is credited as "Sue", but her name is never used in the dialog, even in the director's cut.
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Former child actress Joan Delmer (as Joan Del Mar) appears in this film.
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Cloris Leachman's other notable Christmas movie was Prancer (1989)
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Sarah Silverman: deleted scene, portraying a Santa Trainer.
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