Josh Brolin was cast in the movie as a baseball coach but his scenes ended up being removed after a test screening. George Clooney admitted that his scenes deflated the tension from the movie and felt badly to remove Brolin from the final cut as he considered the scenes one of the funniest in the entire picture.
George Clooney screened this film for famed television writer/producer Norman Lear, no stranger to projects tackling explosive or controversial themes like his series All in the Family. After viewing the movie, Lear told Clooney "This is the angriest film I've ever seen."
The Locations Department led by Location Manager Michael Burmeister and the Key Department Members consisting of Ken Haber, Brian Kalata, Perri Fitchner, Alex Kivlen and Rich Bokides were nominated for the prestigious COLA (California On Location Award) for 'LOCATION TEAM OF THE YEAR - INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILMS' for their work on the films locations bringing to life Levittown in California.