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- Cherry JonesCherry Jones and Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix also worked together in M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan's next movie, The Village (2004).
- The birthday party scene in this movie has been named one of the scariest scenes of all time by movie critics.
- Mel GibsonMel Gibson is 19 years older than Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix who plays his brother.
- Graham Hess was originally written as an older character. Paul NewmanPaul Newman was offered the role, but turned it down, as did Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood.
- M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan said that this was the easiest of all his movies to write and direct.
- M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan insisted that the film posters be released without showing Mel GibsonMel Gibson's face, as it is an ensemble piece, and that it didn't refer to The Sixth Sense (1999), as it's an entirely different movie.
- This was an unconventional role for Mel GibsonMel Gibson, who says he doesn't play characters so "introspective."
- Mel GibsonMel Gibson didn't realize Shyamalan was playing the vet until the day that they came to shoot their scenes together.
- M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan wanted Mel GibsonMel Gibson because he's "the guy you believe would protect his family at all costs."
- The production used a new watering technique to make the corn grow faster, which the Delaware Valley agricultural college was then very keen to adopt for themselves.
- The aliens were originally going to be invisible, but M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan couldn't get the effect he wanted.
- The crop circles are real, as M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan doesn't particularly like using CGI.
- Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix replaced Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo, who had to pull out of the film due to a brain tumor. It was later found to be benign.
- The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by writer and director M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan's daughter, [?] Saleka Shyamalan.
- The stories of the children's birth are actually the stories of M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan's two children.
- Johnny DeppJohnny Depp was originally approached to star.
- 3 out 4 of the Hess family members are played by actors or actresses who are the younger siblings of actors. Rory CulkinRory Culkin, Abigail BreslinAbigail Breslin, and Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix are respectively related to Macaulay and Kieran CulkinKieran Culkin, Spencer BreslinSpencer Breslin, and the late River PhoenixRiver Phoenix.