Maggie’s Character: Debbie
Release Date: 31 December 2002 (USA)
Directed By: George Clooney
Screenwriter: Charlie Kaufman based on the book by Chuck Barris
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, sexual content and violence.
Runtime: 113 min.
Box Office #’s: here
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.
From the Gallery
- David Fincher and Bryan Singer were both considered to direct. Singer initially accepted, but had to withdraw when the entire cast of X2 (2003) became available for production to begin on that film. Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, and Johnny Depp were all considered for the role of Chuck Barris.
- Julia Roberts worked on the set for six days.
- The clip from the “The Newlywed Game” (1966) is a real clip. It was long thought to be an urban legend and at one time even the host came to believe it was not real.
- A tour guide says that her favorite television show stars Rosemary Clooney, aunt of director George Clooney. G. Clooney also includes R. Clooney in the movie by playing her recording of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” over the end credits.
- The car Chuck Barris uses in East Germany is Soviet VAZ 2102.
- Most of the scenes were done in one take. The NBC lobby scene, and the Dating Game montage are done completely in one take; the actors ran around to get into position.
- The movie tie-in edition of the book credited Johnny Depp as an executive producer.
- The music during the target shooting practice scene is John Barry’s “Wednesday’s Child”, the main theme from The Quiller Memorandum (1966), a Cold War-era spy thriller set in West Berlin. Chuck Barris is later sent on a mission to West Berlin around the same time that movie was released in West Germany (1967).
- During a montage, we see Patricia and Chuck dancing in a bedroom next to a bed where we see a man’s legs sticking up. These legs belong to director George Clooney.
- Both Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore worked for a scale salary of $250,000 as a favor to their friend, director George Clooney. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon cameoed for free.
- The Central Intelligence Agency has denied that Chuck Barris ever worked for them.
- David O. Russell was offered the film to direct but turned it down, deciding “that it was just not about anything but a guy who liked to fuck girls and say that he shot people in the head”.
- The man who plays the character of Peter Jenks, member of the Federal Communications Committee, who informs the Dating Game contestants about the laws concerning language on television, also plays the role of the chemist who informs the CIA agents about nitroglycerin.
- Two of the trainees at the CIA training camp are named “Ruby” and “Oswald”. Oswald is the one whose gun jams on the rifle range.
- The film was spoofed in a brief article in The Onion entitled “Movie Marketed as Six Different Genres” (“a romantic comedy, a spy thriller, a Hollywood satire, a straightforward biopic… a strange, Being John Malkovich (1999)-esque mind-bender,” and a chick flick).
- Features four actors from the Batman films. George Clooney played Batman in Batman & Robin (1997). Drew Barrymore appeared in Batman Forever (1995), ‘Rutger Hauer’ appeared in _Batman Begins (2005)_ and Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in The Dark Knight (2008). In addition, Barrymore’s and Gyllenhaal’s characters are both romantically involved with Harvey Dent/Two-Face.