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Joe Biz Movie Trivia sin city movie trivia

Sin City

1  The swords used by Miho (Devon Aoki) in this film are the same ones used by some of the Crazy

88 in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). That film's director, Quentin Tarantino, had been keeping

them in the back of his garage.

2  "The Customer is Always Right" sequence at the beginning of the film was actually filmed

before Frank Miller had completely agreed to let Robert Rodriguez make the movie. Josh

Hartnett and Marley Shelton came in and filmed their scenes in one day in front of a green

screen in order to show Miller that it could be done in a way that complimented the graphic


3  Robert Rodriguez originally envisioned Johnny Depp in the role of Jackie Boy. Due to prior

commitments, Depp could not play the part. While at the Academy Awards, Rodriguez saw Benicio

Del Toro with long hair ("Wolf Man" hair, as he describes it. Ironically, Del Toro plays the

title character of The Wolfman (2010)) and said that he "was looking at Jackie Boy." He told

Del Toro not to cut his hair and mailed him the comic book and a copy of the short, "The

Customer is Always Right." Del Toro immediately signed on.

4  Robert Rodriguez, who credits Frank Miller's visual style in the comic as being as relevant

as his own in the film, insisted that Miller receive a "co-director" credit with him. The

Directors' Guild of America would not allow it. As a result, Rodriguez resigned from the DGA,

saying, "It was easier for me to quietly resign before shooting because otherwise I'd be

forced to make compromises I was unwilling to make or set a precedent that might hurt the

guild later on." Unfortunately, by resigning from the DGA, Rodriguez was also forced to

relinquish his director's seat on the film John Carter (2012) (at the time "A Princess of

Mars" after the book on which it was based) for Paramount. Rodriguez had already signed on

and been announced as director of that film when the DGA situation took place, and had been

planning to begin shooting soon after wrapping this film.

5  Footage had been so coveted by fans before its release that when a 27-second behind-the-

scenes clip appeared on Entertainment Tonight (1981) (airdate: 19 May 2004), it was quickly

(though not officially by the show) placed on the Internet and downloaded over one million

times. The raw footage featured only quick shots of Bruce Willis and a scantily-clad Jessica

Alba performing in front of green-screen.

6  The strategy used by Dwight to reclaim Old Town by luring the gangsters into a narrow

alleyway is based on the strategy used by Spartan King Leonidas to trap the Persian army in

the Battle of Thermopylae. The film 300 (2006) was based on a book by Frank Miller about this

battle. In addition, the line spoken in Dwight's internal monologue, "No escape, no

surrender, no mercy", is spoken by the narrator in "300."

7  According to Robert Rodriguez's commentary, the scourging sequence between Yellow Bastard and

Nancy Callahan was originally shot faithful to the comic book: considerably longer and more

graphic than what appears in the final cut or the extended edition. Rodriguez stated that the

torture segment was crossing the bounds of bad taste, even for Sin City.

8  Although the movie is presented primarily in black and white, particular items are in color

and, as such, had to be colored blue or green on set. According to Robert Rodriguez, Nick

Stahl (who plays Yellow Bastard) was known on set as "The Blue Bastard". Yellow Bastard had

to be painted blue because yellow, like green, reacts with the green screen. This causes the

color to spill into the background, making them impossible to separate.
9  The film, and many of its effects and scoring, were all done in Robert Rodriguez's studio,

which is immediately across the street from his home. Because the director refuses to work

anywhere else and shuns other Hollywood traditions, it took his friendship with Miramax

honchos Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein to make the production of the film possible, as no

other studios would take a chance on either Rodriguez's methods or such a bizarre film.
10  Robert Rodriguez scored Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) for $1. Quentin Tarantino said he would

repay him by directing a segment of this movie for $1. Tarantino, a vocal proponent of film-

over-digital, has said that he was curious to get hands-on experience with the HD cameras

which Rodriguez lauds. When asked about his experience, Tarantino merely replied, "Mission


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