1. The roles of Russell Hammond and Penny Lane were originally set to go to Brad Pitt and Sarah Polley.
Polley dropped out to work on her own project, a low-budget Canadian movie The Law of Enclosures, and Pitt, for whom writer/director Cameron Crowe had written the part of the “guitarist with mystique,” worked with Crowe for months before finally admitting, according to Crowe, “I just don’t get it enough to do it.”
3. Peter Frampton taught Billy Crudup how to play the guitar in preparation for the concert scenes.
7. Penny Lane asks William if he’d like to go to Morocco with her. He says, “Yes… Ask me again.” According to director Cameron Crowe, “Ask me again” was Patrick Fugit stepping out of character and asking Kate Hudson to repeat her lines for another take.
But Crowe liked the take as is and kept it in the final cut.
When Penny Lane is driving William to the hotel to meet Stillwater, there is a reflection on the windshield that resembles the cover of ‘Pink Floyd”s album Dark Side of the Moon.
12. In the scene where the tour plane hits turbulence, Russell starts to sing “Peggy Sue.” This is in reference to Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash while on tour.
Russell then continues, “Whoa baby!” referencing The Big Bopper, who died in the same plane crash.
18. Kirsten Dunst was nearly cast as Penny Lane instead of Kate Hudson.
Cameron Crowe chose Hudson because he felt Hudson seemed more like a “free spirit,” but Crowe promised Dunst he would cast her in a future film of his. Four years later, he kept his promise by casting Dunst as the leading role in Elizabethtown.
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