Development[ edit ] Chuck Barris first sold the film rights of his "unauthorized autobiography" to Columbia Pictures in the late s. Pictures that same year. Barris gave positive feedback to Kaufman's script  and Curtis Hanson instantly agreed to direct  with Sean Penn in the lead role and George Clooney and Drew Barrymore attached to co-star.
Hogan entered discussions with Warner Bros. However, Stiller was forced to vacate Confessions due to scheduling conflicts with Zoolander and The Royal Tenenbaums Miramax Films had been negotiating for domestic rights, but difficulties arose when Miramax also wanted to cover international rights.
Renaissance was also unable to close the financing in time to accommodate both the "production insurance" deadline and the day shooting schedule ,  which was set to primarily take place in Montreal and British Columbia , Canada. Johnny Depp eventually went to work on other films.
Miramax Films agreed to cover distribution duties and co-finance the film. That was a big part of my pitch to Harvey Weinstein at Miramax.
I'm unhappy with the end result. And I'm unhappy with George Clooney. I had a movie that I wrote and that isn't it.
I've always been involved in the process with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. If there's any rewriting to do, I do it. But with Clooney it was different; even the end of the movie is different. I mean, Clooney went on forever about how my Confessions screenplay was one of the greatest scripts he'd read. But if someone truthfully felt that way they'd want the person who wrote it to be on board offering their thoughts and criticisms.
And I think it's a silly way to be a director. I've moved on and I don't have any animosity towards Clooney, but it's a movie I don't really relate to. I didn't want to officially ask him, because I didn't want him to say, 'I made it up. I thought that was an interesting person to explore, and that's what we wanted to do with the film. In the same interview, Barris noted that he had applied for work with the CIA in the early s but never actually entered the agency; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was the product of Barris imagining how he could have done both at the same time.
I know what those sets look like. I showed the guy how to do cue cards. I grew up on them," the director reflected, "and knew what it looked like and smelled like. And I know something about some of the trappings of fame, so I thought I had a unique take on it.
Sam was the guy for the part, ready to break and hadn't yet. Her doing the part made it possible for me to cast Sam Rockwell. The Island of Lost Dreams so Rockwell could be cast. Filming for Confessions ended in late April Not Technicolor as it was shot, but Technicolor as it has faded now.
Racking focuses were highly stylized for scenes set in the s, similar to the Spaghetti Westerns of that era. Hand-held cameras were used for scenes set in the s,  an homage to the films of Sidney Lumet , Mike Nichols and Alan J. The DVD includes over 20 minutes of deleted scenes , Rockwell's three screen tests , a short documentary titled The Real Chuck Barris, Clooney's audio commentary , and a making-of featurette. The movie makes a case for itself through sheer oddness and perversity.
I'm not sure Confessions is a good movie, but I am sure I like it. All of which makes him an inspired choice to play Chuck Barris. He disliked the characterization of Chuck Barris and commented that "with its multiplicity of over-stylized looks and slick gimmicks, Dangerous Mind was doubtless more stimulating to direct than it will be for audiences to experience. Sometimes it works, but mostly it comes across as too artsy, with all sorts of bizarre angles and unusual shots.