Contributed by: Robert Baum
DePalma regular Dennis Franz's appearance is something of an homage to DePalma's early days where his efforts encompassed horror.
Early in the film, the main character is sitting next to a door in front of a wall of glass bricks. Sitting next to him, in an un-named extra part, is Viggo Mortensen
"Body Double" is depicted as one of the favorite movies of fictional serial killer Patrick Bateman in Bret Easton Ellis's novel "American Psycho."
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Voice-over actor Rob Paulsen appears in "Body Double" as a cameraman. Paulsen is best known for doing the voices of Raphael on the 80s version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the characters of Yakko Warner and Pinky on Steven Spielberg's "Animaniacs".
The lead character in the film, Jake Scully, is a struggling actor. In one scene a film producer asks him what work he has done in film, and the character mentions "I was in a Hart-to-Hart that was pretty good." The actor playing Jake Scully, Craig Wasson, *was* in a "Hart to Hart" episode titled "Hit Jennfier Hart" in 1979. He has also made TV guest appearances in The Bob Newhart Show, Tales from the Darkside, L.A. Law & The Practice.
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One of Craig Wasson's first roles was as one of the "kids" in the Saturday morning "Wonder Woman" TV show during the 70's. He stole the show whenever he was on screen. I thought at the time that we'd see him again.
Craig Wasson's first movie was also the same first movie as Helen Hunt: 1976's ROLLERCOASTER. Helen Hunt plays George Segal's daughter, while Craig plays a hippie teen with a giant stuffed animal to both ride on the Revolution at Magic Mountain.
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Craig Wasson's girlfriend who he finds in bed with someone, leading him to move out needing a place to stay, was played by actress Barbara Crampton
who had starring roles in H.P. lovecraft movies Re-Animator and From Beyond.
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(the acting coach) played Nick Hartley from 1985-1986 on the soap opera Santa Barbara and John/Judas in the film Godspell. There is another 'Santa Barbara' actor in the movie: Lane Davies, who played the character that directed Jake to a friend after Jake asked for a place to stay, and who was also sitting in the acting class. Davies played the part of Mason in Santa Barbara, a major part that was in the soap opera for years.
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Deborah Shelton (Gloria) was voted Miss Virginia 1970 which led to her being selected as Miss USA 1970, which resulted in her placing first runner-up to Miss Universe 1970. She later made TV guest appearances in The Love Boat & Cheers.
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At the beginning of the movie when he puts his bag of groceries into his car, he is coming out of the famous Farmer's Market.
The scene where Jake Scully gets a couple of shots of Jack Daniels then drinks with Sam (Gregg Henry) is Barney's Beanery a famous Grilll & Bar on Santa Monica Blvd. near La Cienega.
And lastly, the tunnel, motel and stretch of beach are still there just below Cherry and Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.
The UK video version has been cut to remove a sexual reference and has a shot of blood-covered breasts removed. However, the uncut version has been seen many times on UK pay TV (Sky).
'Body Double' is often cited as a direct rip-off of DePalma's favorite director Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo', starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.
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Melanie Griffith at the time was married to Steven Bauer. Bauer appeared in "Scarface" along with Gregg Henry.