13 Astounding Stories From Behind-The-Scenes Of 'Dexter.'
Michael C. Hall accidentally crashed the Slice of Life into a pier once during filming, causing $8,000 worth of damage to the boat. Hall didn't have to pay for the damages.
#12 No improvisation allowed.
There is no improvisation on set. The scripts are followed verbatim, and any possible change is discussed with James Manos, Jr. first.
#11 Dexter shall not die.
Dexter was originally going to die in the series finale but Showtime would not allow it.
#10 Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter were husband and wife in real life.
Although they play brother and sister in the series, having met on the show, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter married on 31st December 2008. They subsequently divorced in December 2010, but continued to work together in the show.
#9 Sgt. Angel Batista calls Dexter as "socio."
Sgt. Angel Batista at times refers to Dexter as "socio" when speaking to him as a friend or in confidence. This is a clever English/Spanish play on words. "Socio" in Spanish means "associate" or "partner", it is also the beginning of the word "sociopath/sociopatico" in both English and Spanish as well.
#8 Intially Jeremy Renner was offered the role of Dexter.
Director/Producer Michael Cuesta initially approached Jeremy Renner to play Dexter, but Renner declined the part as he felt he could not play another serial killer again after playing Jeffrey Dahmer.
#7 Debra Morgan is a real potty mouth.
Jennifer Carpenter's character Debra Morgan, known for her frequent swearing, used the word "fuck" 996 times throughout the show's 8 season run according to a count made by fans.
#6 Dexter has killed at least 134 people.
Dexter has killed at least 134 people to date, this was concluded by counting the blood slides that he collects from victims in the two wooden boxes he uses throughout the series. Plus twenty or so people that he didn't collect blood from.
Dexter's 'knock-out' syringe contains a solution of what he refers to as M-99, an animal tranquilizer more potent than Morphine which is used by veterinarians to sedate creatures as large as elephants. The substance can only be legally acquired and administered with a DEA license.
#4 Michael C. Hall revealed he was afflicted with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Series star Michael C. Hall revealed he was afflicted with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2010, but continued to work on the series. Most of his fellow cast members were surprised by the news, because he had not disclosed his condition during production. Hall is presently in remission as of mid-2010.
#3 Statistics of murder rate in Miami.
Dexter on average kills one person a month which means he accounts for roughly 15%-20% of the murders in Miami from 2006-2013, there were anywhere between 59-79 murders a year during that time frame however Dexter's murders are often reported as missing persons.
#2 Dexter frequently uses aliases that make reference.
Dexter frequently uses aliases that make reference to Bret Easton Ellis books and their film adaptations. These include "Patrick Bateman" the main character from American Psycho (2000) when buying tranquilizers and "Sean Ellis" reference to both Ellis and Sean Bateman - from The Rules of Attraction (2002) when seeing a psychiatrist.
#1 Sergeant Angel Batista, is the only actor on the show was actually was a police officer in real life.
David Zayas, who plays Detective Sergeant Angel Batista, was a police officer in real life with the New York Police Department prior to becoming an actor. Prior to his career in the NYPD, he also served in the U.S. Air Force.
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