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28 Fecking Cool Facts About "Almost Famous"

Never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.

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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."


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.


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10. At the party, when he is on acid, Russell Hammond cries out, "I am a golden god!" This is a reference to Robert Plant of the band Led Zeppelin, who is purported to have said the same thing (sober) while looking over Sunset Strip from a hotel balcony.

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.

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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.


14. Steven Spielberg had read Crowe's 172-page script over the weekend and called Crowe on Monday saying, "Direct every word." Crowe has stated that he did film almost all of the script.

15. The scene where Cameron Crowe's character is pulled into the pre-performance huddle is based on an occasion when Eddie Vedder pulled Crowe into Pearl Jam's huddle before performing one of their Lollapalooza shows.

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.

28. One of the opening songs over the credits is by Alvin and the Chipmunks. One of the stars of Almost Famous — Jason Lee — would go on to star in the trilogy of Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.

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