30 Awesome Facts About The Usual Suspects That Most Fans Don't Know About.

The Usual Suspects Has one of the best twist endings of any movie; it even beat out The Sixth Sense.

Here are thirty interesting facts most fans don't know about the film!

You can find more facts over at IMDB.com!


1/30. Bryan Singer convinced all the main actors in The Usual Suspects that they were Keyser Soze. They didn't realize they weren't until they saw the film.

2/30. Christopher McQuarrie's inspiration for the character of Keyser Soze was a real-life murderer by the name of John List, who murdered his family and then disappeared for 17 years.

3/30. Benicio Del Toro's bizarre dialect in the film was reportedly so unintelligible that during one scene, actor Stephen Baldwin actually forgot his cue due to being unable to understand what Del Toro had said.

4/30. The line-up scene was scripted as a serious scene, but after a full day of filming takes where the actors couldn't keep a straight face, director Bryan Singer decided to use the funniest takes.

5/30. A making-of documentary shows Singer becoming furious at the actors for the constant cracking-up. In an interview (on the Special Edition DVD), Kevin Pollak states that the hilarity came about when Benicio Del Toro "farted, like 12 takes in a row."


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6/30. Del Toro himself said "somebody" farted, but no one knew who.

7/30. The part of Verbal Kint was always intended for actor Kevin Spacey.

8/30. Kevin Spacey had the fingers on his left hand glued together to make his character's disability more realistic, and filed down his shoes to make them look worn by his character's limp.

9/30. The idea for this movie started only with the concept of a movie poster of five of men in a lineup.

10/30. When Redfoot flicks his cigarette into the face of McManus, it was originally intended to hit his chest, so McManus' reaction is actually Stephen Baldwin's real unscripted reaction, which Bryan Singer decided to keep in the movie.


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11/30. The character of Fenster was named after the German for window, and originally conceived as the oldest man of the group, a more seasoned veteran.

Benicio Del Toro was originally asked to audition for the role of McManus. Del Toro asked to audition for the role of Fenster, telling director Bryan Singer that he had an "idea" for the part. The unintelligible way that Fenster spoke was Del Toro's idea, and Singer decided to go with it. In one scene, Hockney says, in response to Fenster, "What did he just say?" That was Kevin Pollak the actor speaking, not his character; he actually did not understand what Fenster said.

The cop's (Christopher McQuarrie) reaction to Fenster in the line-up ("In English please") was unscripted and unrehearsed, as was Fenster's rather strong reaction.

12/30. All the actors were encouraged to ad lib perplexed reactions to Benicio Del Toro's oddball vocal stylings.

13/30. Kevin Spacey met with doctors and experts on cerebral palsy to discuss how it might affect his characterization.

14/30. The film was shot on a budget of $6 million over a period of 35 days.

15/30. All of the characters' names stem from the staff members of the law firm and the detective agency that Christopher McQuarrie worked at when he was young.


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16/30. Al Pacino also read the part of Dave Kujan, but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Pacino has since noted that this is the film he regrets turning down the most.

17/30. As Fenster and Hockney enter the garage shortly before the jewelry heist, Hockney can be heard telling a joke about a "chick" in the backseat of a car that is "totally naked."

The punchline of this joke can be heard later on in the film in Hungarian, told by two Hungarians leaving a building by the docks, before the climactic finish at the boat.

18/30. The stolen emeralds were real gemstones, lent to the production.

19/30. In the "making of" documentary, both Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Pollak acknowledge that their long-standing feud with each other began on the set of this film.

Though neither actor directly states what caused their animosity towards each other, Pollak does mention that Baldwin, in an attempt to stay in character as MacManus, would go around acting tough and sometimes bully the other actors.

Baldwin does admit that he was bullying towards Pollak on film (their numerous "stand off" confrontations with each other on screen).


20/30. Kevin Spacey had been so impressed with Bryan Singer's first film, Public Access (1993), that he told him he wanted to be in his next film when he met the young director, after a screening at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.


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21/30. In the original script, the opening scene was longer, featuring a subplot of Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) planting a bomb on the ship. It was shot but later left on the cutting floor. Part of it remained with Keaton asking Keyzer, "What time is it?" Because of the last minute change, all shots of the exploding ship were shot at director Bryan Singer's backyard.

22/30. Gabriel Byrne originally turned down the film, not believing that the filmmakers could pull it off.

He was convinced after a sit-down meeting with Christopher McQuarrie and Bryan Singer, impressed by their enthusiasm and vision. As the start date approached, Byrne backed out. He was undergoing personal issues at the time and was unable to leave Los Angeles.

Consequently, Singer reshuffled the schedule so that the entire film could be made in the L.A. area over a period of five weeks, all to accommodate his lead actor.

23/30. Kevin Spacey had to read the script twice when he first received it, to make sure he fully understood it.

24/30. Originally, Keyser Soze was supposed to have the name Keyser Sume, named after Christopher McQuarrie's old boss. He allowed his old boss to read the script, and decided he did not want to be associated with an inherently evil villain, so requested a change be made.


25/30. Christopher McQuarrie wrote nine drafts of the screenplay over a period of five months.


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26/30. Stephen Baldwin was wary about joining the production, as he was tired of taking part in independent films that turned out to be merely exploitative.

27/30. In one of his most infamous reviews, Roger Ebert gave thumbs down to the movie, giving one and a half stars.

28/30. Christopher McQuarrie: The writer can be seen as the police officer at the very end of the film, on the left hand side of the frame as Chazz Palminteri looks for Verbal Kint.

He is visibly seen laughing at the camera, in a nod and wink gesture to the audience who got bamboozled.

29/30. Throughout the movie, "f*ck" and its derivatives are used 98 times.

30/30. The role of Redfoot in The Usual Suspects was offered to Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, and Johnny Cash, among others.


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