After the success of Jeff Lindsay’s novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, writers created a script to shoot a movie. However, they found that Dexter would have been assumed to be a slasher movie, which would not, the writers felt, do the story justice. They only then considered transforming Lindsay’s concept into a TV series.
Several actors including Jennifer Carpenter have commented on being on Dexter’s table. The most common reaction to the experience was the difficulty of remaining in a thick cocoon of plastic wrap for several hours at a time. But this isn’t why Dexter started cutting down on the saran-wrap.
Plastic wrap has the ability to actually suffocate people. Though the plastic was not always covering peoples’ mouths, it prevented the actors’ skin from breathing, which might, in extreme circumstances, led to actual deaths on set.
Joshua Meltzer, Dexter‘s prop master, reported that the blood is composed of a mixture of syrup, food coloring, peppermint oil, and dish soap. “The blood is made from maple syrup, because it has a thicker texture and cleans up easier than corn syrup,” he said. The peppermint oil is to prevent wasps or flies from being attracted to the sugary syrup.
Michael C. Hall claimed: “I’ve had dreams that blurred my own reality and Dexter’s. I had a dream where I was at a beach house with my extended family and the doorbell kept ringing. I’d go to answer it, and little Chino would be there (one of Dexter’s more formidable victims) and i had to kill him. And every time I returned to the table, the doorbell would ring again. And he’d be there again, and I’d have to kill him again. It was tedious.”
According to WhatCulture.com, “Dexter managed to cause an international incident thanks to an off-hand remark in one episode which stated that Adelaide, a city in southern Australia, had the highest serial killer count per person out of any place in the world. It may or may not actually be true, but it’s a widely-reported bit of grizzly trivia.
Regardless of any factual basis, the South Australian government filed complaints against the local Fox affiliate that aired the show in the country, and adverts around the country promoting the then-current season were pulled from billboards, newspapers, magazines and TV screens as a result. Sure are sensitive, those murderous Aussies.”
Michael C. Hall kept Dexter’s laminate ID, watch, and boots after the series ended.
Hannah McKay has not changed the calendar hanging on her wall since January 1996 because it is a reminder of the year she took off with Wayne. Argentina is pictured, symbolizing the promise he made to her to start all over else where – the promise of a happy life.
Michael C. Hall cites his favorite on-set moment as being the shot for the top of “Crocodile” (S1E2) when he was floating in the lagoon because it was “so tranquil.”