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The musicians spoofed are: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Roy Orbison, Queen, Meat Loaf, David Crosby, Jim Morrison, Harry Chapin, Don McLean, Elvis Presley, The Cars, Christopher Ward, Nelly, Tim McGraw, The Beatles, Brian Wilson during his "SMILE" album period, Stevie Wonder (who lost his sense of smell after a 1973 car crash), and Michael Jackson (with a monkey and giraffe as house pets).
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The photograph on the poster is based on the famous Joel Brodsky photo of Jim Morrison, which was used for the Best of The Doors album cover.
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Dewey Cox's audition, at which he sings "That's Amore," is a reference to Elvis Presley. He showed up at his audition for Sun Records wanting to sing like Dean Martin. Sun owner Sam Phillips refused to record him until he and three members of the Sun house band started jamming on Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right, Mama," which became Elvis' first record.
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The screenplay was featured in the 2006 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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The Top Selling singles chart shows Dewey's fictional hit song "Walk Hard" at #4. The 3 songs ahead of it are: You, You, You by The Ames Brothers, No Other Love by Perry Como and P.S. I Love You by The Hilltoppers , all of which were actual hits.
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Prints were shipped to theaters under the fake title "Long Way Up".
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A few scenes involve Dewey Cox having conversations with the spirit of his dead brother, Nate, and finding that Nate has grown older even though he died as a boy. In "Cash: The Autobiography", the basis for Walk the Line (2005), Johnny Cash wrote about his struggle to cope with his older brother, Jack's, accidental death. He said he routinely spoke with Jack into his own adult years, and that Jack's spirit got older as Cash aged, always remaining two years older than Johnny.
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