Kevin Spacey was the third choice to play David Gale. George Clooney and Nicolas Cage both rejected the part. Nicolas Cage had the script and gave it to Parker, but was already busy with other projects.
Alan Parker's two sons, Alexander Parker and Jake Parker composed the incidental music for the film. His younger son, Alex, composed and performed the end credits track.
Filming of a death penalty protest scene at the Texas State Capitol was briefly disrupted by the arrival of a group of real political protesters.
Matt Craven did his own driving for the chase scene.
Director Cameo: (Alan Parker) briefly appears during the party scene at the beginning of the film - he is seen helping himself to some food.
Nicole Kidman was the original choice to play Bitsey, but she turned down the role.
The diner scene on the morning after Bloom and Stemmons arrive in Texas was originally shot at a different diner. During the original shooting, they were hit by a tornado and the cast and crew had to huddle together in the kitchen until the tornado passed overhead.
Alan Parker: briefly appears during the party scene at the beginning of the film - he is seen helping himself to some food.
The scene where Gale is drunk in downtown Austin (6th street) was somewhat improvised and shot with two lights and a camera. "Most of those people aren't extras," Alan Parker said to an audience at the University of Washington.