Well-known Australian singer/songwriter Billy Thorpe was strongly opposed to the use of his version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in the opening credits. The makers chose to use "Don't Fence Me In" instead. Interest in the writers of the latter song was increased substantially by the song's use over shots of a prison.
Mark Brandon Read suggested that Eric Bana play Chopper, after seeing him in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal (1993).
Robert Rabiah arrived at the Chopper Audition early and was rehearsing with an acting friend outside and 30 min later was swooped on by a 15 man Swat Team. Apparently in the scene he was testing for he is shot, so true to the method, Robert went through the action. A lady driving by saw what she thought was a real shooting and called it in. It took the Director (Andrew Dominik) and the Casting Agent (Greg Apps) to explain to the Swat Team what was going on. A week later Robert Rabiah got the call and got the part. He was quoted as saying to the Director, "How much reality do you want..."
Eric Bana admitted to eating junk food for four weeks to put on the extra weight needed to play the 1986 Chopper.
Until Wolf of Wall Street, Chopper was the highest grossing R+ film in Australian history.
As everyone probably knows, "Somewhere over the Rainbow", the original song to accompany the opening credits of "Chopper", was written especially for the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Curiously, in L. Frank Baum's original stage version in 1903, the Tin Man was referred to as (Mick) Chopper.
An important shot of Chopper walking down the street towards the camera, in slow-motion, and with everyone else in the shot out of focus is filmed in exactly the same manner as a similarly important shot of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976).
Referring to the police as 'Amanda Duncan' is unusual. The term may have arisen from an amalgamation of names from an Australian television series, _Cop Shop (1977)_. Paula Duncan played a character called Danni Francis, while Lynda Stoner played a character called Amanda King.
Eric Bana spent two days living with Mark Brandon Read so he could get a better understanding of how to play his character in the film.
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