FILM 1503: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
TRIVIA: There was some action in the film at first. But when Jim Jarmusch was asked to add more he instead removed all of it.
According to the script, Eve is 2000 years old and was the druid matriarch of a Celtic tribe. Adam is 500 to 600 years old. Jim Jarmusch decided that Adam and Eve would be aware of each other's true age so he argued they have no reason to state it in the film, but simply informed the actors of the age of the characters. In an extended version of the nude scene, shown in the DVD special features, Adam & Eve do talk about her druidic connections.
The white dwarf Eve mentions to Adam while driving across the city is the star called BPM 37093, also known as Lucy (named after The Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds). Its nucleus is in a cooling down process, which makes the star core pulsate like a giant gong.
Eve books a flight for herself and Adam under the names "Daisy Buchanan" and "Stephen Dedalus," main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," respectively. Stephen Dedalus also appears as the sidekick in Joyce's "Ulysses." In Joyce's final novel "Finnegans Wake," there is a famous recurring poem with the line "riverrun past eve and adam."
Some of the many pictures on Adam's wall include portraits of Richard Wagner, Jean Michel Basquiat, Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning, Marcel Duchamp, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Christopher Marlowe (who is also represented by the John Hurt character in the film), William Blake, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William S. Burroughs, Oscar Wilde, Mary Wollstonecraft, Naomi Klein, Susan Sontag, Samuel Beckett, Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Arthur Rimbaud, John Keats, Charles Baudelaire, Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Sitting Bull, Black Elk, Geronimo, Joe Strummer, Bo Diddley, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Henry Purcell, Nicholas Ray, Claire Denis, Aki Kaurismäki, Luis Buñuel, Robby Müller, Fritz Lang, Bruce Lee, Buster Keaton, Rodney Dangerfield, Harpo Marx and Hedy Lamarr as well as numerous musicians whom Jim Jarmusch has worked with on various films including Tom Waits, Neil Young, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Iggy Pop, and RZA.
One of the books that Eve packs for her trip to Detroit is a catalog of Jean Michel Basquiat's work. Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Watson) played the title character of the movie Basquiat (1996).
All the actors playing vampires wore wigs that were a mix of human, yak and goat hair in order to make them look more wild.
Among the books Eve packs for her trip to Detroit are the play "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett, "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, and "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace.