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Earl Brooks was written with Kevin Costner in mind to play him.
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According to interviews with Kevin Costner, this was supposed to be the first movie in a trilogy.
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Reportedly William Hurt took the role of Marshall because he loved the idea of someone going to an Addicts Anonymous class as a cure for homicidal actions.
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Kevin Costner thought the script was one of the most perfect scripts he'd ever read and that there were only three other scripts he'd read that made him feel that way. After hearing this, the writers took a day off to celebrate.
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The prayer Mr. Brooks repeats throughout the movie is called "Serenity Prayer" written by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. This prayer is in use in Alcoholics Anonymous since the early 1940s. Mr. Brooks visits AA-meetings to curb his morbid addiction.
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Kevin Costner, as Mr. Brooks, is reading a paper in a diner, the newspaper - USA Today - has only the headlines and first few lines written in English, the rest is in Latin.
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Dane Cook only had to read half the script to decide he wanted to play Mr Smith.
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Uwe Boll was offered the opportunity to direct the film by Kevin Costner. A fan of Dances with Wolves (1990), Boll had approached Costner about starring in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), but according to Boll, Costner was uninterested in starring in a large-scale action film and instead offered Boll that he helm his project. Boll turned it down.
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British screamo band, Asking Alexandria, wrote the song "Hey There Mr. Brooks" as an homage to this movie on their first album Stand Up and Scream.
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When Earl and Marshall are researching Atwood it shows that her D.O.B is November 11th. This is the actual date of Demi Moore's birthday who plays Atwood.
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In a conversation between director Bruce A. Evans and actor Kevin Costner, 'Mr. Brooks' was one of the best scripts Costner had ever read.
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Danielle Panabaker plays the daughter of Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner) and Mrs. Brooks (Marg Helgenberger). Panabaker's younger sister, Kay Panabaker plays the recurring role of Lindsey Willows, the daughter of Catherine Willows (also played by Marg Helgenberger) on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) for CBS.
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Mr. Brooks is the second film in which William Hurt and Kevin Costner co-star. The first was The Big Chill. Fans of The Big Chill will recall that Costner's part was all but eliminated prior to theatrical release. Costner played the friend whose suicide brings the college friends together for the weekend. The only part of Costner shown in the film are the sutured wrists of the corpse being prepped for a funeral during the film's opening credits.
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During a scene where Mr. Brooks (Costner) and Mr. Smith (Cook) are doing surveillance, Mr. Smith gets out of the car in frustration because he feels he's being strung along. As he walks away, Marshall says, "even if that guy was charming and funny, I still wouldn't like him!" (a reference to Dane Cook's comedy career)
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The real name of "Mr. Smith" is Graves Baffert. His surname is mentioned by the police, and his given name appears in a newspaper article late in the movie.
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During the shootout between Detective Atwood, Meeks and Sarah in the darkened hotel hallway, the flashes of light that appear were created by a lighting rig hooked up to an audio trigger, which was programmed to respond to the sound of their gunshots. The actors were essentially directing their own lighting.
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The first end of the movie, when the daughter stabs Mr. Brooks, was initially the ending to the film. It would have begun another spinoff movie featuring the daughter, Ms. Brooks. After test screenings, the ending was changed to make the death a dream.
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When Mr. Brooks executes the dance couple there is no visible breach in the plastic bag surrounding the gun used, nor has the bag moved. Although this may be regarded as a goof, it's highly unlikely that this was an accident. Due to the heavy use of symbolism and metaphors throughout the movie this "goof" is most likely a statement that "Marshall" (Mr. Brooks alter ego) was and is always the one that pulls the trigger.
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Jane Brooks has inherited the same mental disorder as her father, and already become a murderer, so she must also have an invisible female "friend".
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When Mr. Brooks and Marshall are doing research on the computer about Tracy Atwood, it shows her age listed as 38 and her birthday as Nov 11, 1972. However, it shows that she was sued for support by Jesse Viaol on March 20, 2006. At that time she would be 33 years old. During the movie they show her being served with papers for this claim. Her date of birth and age are obviously wrong as the movie would have take place sometime after November 11th, 2010 and before November 11th, 2011. Since they show Jesse and Tracy not only dealing with the issue currently (not for over 4 years) but has Captain Lister telling Tracy she will be put on desk duty until it's sorted out, they've obviously made an error.
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