- The twins who play the Mormons answered a casting call for the movie in Aberdeen, Washington. They were the only people selected.
- Thadeus A. Thomas was a real Yellow Pages salesman who wandered onto the set one day and tried to sell the cast and crew Yellow Page ad space. Gus Van Sant was so intrigued by him he asked him to appear in the film.
- The "long dolly shot" in which the camera slowly pulls away from the window while Blake plays inside took seven takes to successfully complete. As the crew only had three pieces of dolly track, crew members had to take track from the front and run it around to the back while the dolly moved backward.
- Seven years before production, 14-year-old Holger Thaarup of Denmark was originally cast as the lead, Blake. He didn't speak any English and Gus Van Sant intended the role to be silent; Van Sant then met 17-year-old Michael Pitt and cast him instead.
- The song "Last Days" that Michael Pitt mumbles was written by Pitt himself.
- Last part of Gus Van Sant's 'Death' trilogy. The other two parts are Gerry and Elephant.