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97 min | Turkey:85 min (TV version)
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Frank Oz
6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1999-08-13
Filming Locations: Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
Budget: $55,000,000
Opening Weekend: $18,062,550 (USA) (15 August 1999)
Gross: $66,365,290 (USA) (28 November 1999)
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
Steve Martin
Robert K. Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy
Kit Ramsey
Heather Graham
Christine Baranski
Jamie Kennedy
Adam Alexi-Malle
Kohl Sudduth
Barry Newman
Hal, Kit's Agent
Terence Stamp
Terry Stricter
Alejandro Patiño
Sanchez (as Alejandro Patino)
Alfred De Contreras
Ramiro Fabian
Johnny Sanchez
Claude Brooks
Kevin Scannell
LA Cop
John Prosky
MindHead Executive
Michael Dempsey
Camera Security Guard
Walter Powell
Federal Express Man
Phill Lewis
Actor at Audition
Marisol Nichols
Young Actress at Audition
Nathan Anderson
Clothing Sales Clerk
Brogan Roche
Renfro's Executive
John Cho
Nightclub Cleaner
Lloyd Berman
Camera Store Clerk
Zaid Farid
Kenny, Kit's Limo Driver
Aaron Brumfield
Kit's Bodyguard
Kevin Grevioux
Kit's Bodyguard
Kimble Jemison
Kit's Assistant
Alex Craig Mann
Studio Executive
Laura Grady
E! Channel Interviewer
Reamy Hall
Farrah, Hollywood Lesbian
Michelle Boehle
Laker Girl
Kimberly Baum
Laker Girl
Megan Denton
Laker Girl
Janet Jaeger
Laker Girl
Hope Wood
Laker Girl
Addie Yungmee
Laker Girl
Andrea Toste
Laker Girl
Betsy - Bowfinger's Dog
Martin Andris
Premiere Guest (uncredited)
Adam Carrera
News Reporter (uncredited)
Carl Kocis
Reporter at Premier (uncredited)
Tiger Mendez
'Mongo' Premiere Guest (uncredited)
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In one scene, Bowfinger comments as how he's 49, and could, possibly, pass for 38. This is clearly a poke at how, often, in Hollywood, people deflate their ages, which is also explained when he gets down his box that he's put a dollar in every week since age 10. The sum given is $2,184.00, which would actually put Bowfinger's age at 52.
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Steve Martin came up with the idea for the film 13 years before the film was released and had not written the screenplay for over 10 years.
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Eddie Murphy became interested in this movie when he heard he would be working with Steve Martin, of whom he is a huge fan. When Murphy sat down with Martin and director Frank Oz, the first thing he said was that Kit Ramsey should be "a black action superstar"; Oz then asked if that meant he was making the film, and Murphy said yes. Martin later joked that "Eddie's audition was VERY good".
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At the observatory, Kit and the actress are running down some stairs. We cut to a monitor in the security room shooting that same staircase and a boom mic from the main film unit is clearly visible.
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Bowfinger takes off his fake pony tail and puts it in his left coat pocket before going into the restaurant. When he pulls out his business card and gives it to Jerry Renfro, he puts his hand in his right pocket, and the fake pony tail is attached to his card.
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In the security room at the observatory, the monitors are showing nominally live action. However, you can see videotape dropout artifacts on the screen.
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Robert K. Bowfinger: [of a prolonged kissing scene audition] Let's try it one more time, uh, Slater, this time *without* the erection.
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Kit: The white man gets all the best catchphrases!
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Robert K. Bowfinger: ...but what are some of your favorite TV shows?
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Photos from cast
Robert Downey Jr.