The producers intended that Kevin Spacey should receive top billing at the start of the movie but he insisted that his name not appear in the opening credits, so as to surprise the audience with the identity of the killer. To compensate, he is listed twice in the closing credits: once before the credits start rolling, and once in the rolling credits in order of appearance. Another advantage from Spacey’s point of view, as he saw it, was that he was excluded from the film’s marketing during its release, meaning he didn’t have to make any public appearances or do any interviews.
Andrew Kevin Walker had enormous difficulty getting a studio to buy the rights to his script because he was a complete unknown in Hollywood. Allegedly he put together a list of agents that represented writers that work in the crime and thriller genres, and just called each one up until he got a positive response.
Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker wrote the script over a two year period while working at a branch of Tower Records.
The ending in the movie is the ending in the original draft of the screenplay. Producer Arnold Kopelson had it rewritten and the ending became a race to save Tracey’s life. When David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman read the new ending, they all demanded that original ending be put back in or they wouldn’t do the movie.
The victim tied to the bed for a year was not an animatronic model, but a very skinny actor made up to look even more corpse-like. Rob Bottin used a set of exaggerated teeth to make the head look smaller and more shrunken from malnutrition.
While filming the scene where Mills chases John Doe in the rain, Brad Pitt fell and his arm went through a car windscreen, requiring surgery. This accident was worked into the script of the film. Ironically, the original script did call for Pitt’s Det. Mills character to be injured during this sequence—but to something other than his hand.
The ending narration of Somerset quoting Ernest Hemingway was an added compromise that neither David Fincher or Morgan Freeman particularly cared for. The decision came from New Line after poor test screenings regarding the dark ending.
At exactly 7 minutes into the film, Mills gets a call that starts the seven murders. With exactly 7 minutes left of the film, Somerset says to a distraught Mills: “he will win,” regarding John Doe.
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Actors: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
An homage to Federico Fellini's film 8 1/2 (1963). Aspects of the homage are the black and white cinematography, the opening scene of Woody on a train, the seaside locations, the emphasis on a director hounded by critics and fans, and relationships with multiple women. Also, although in quite a different context, a spaceship features in both films.
Working title for this film was “Woody Allen No. 4”. Allen told an interviewer that “I am not even half of the Fellini of 8 1/2”.
It has been noted that this film is an homage to 8 1/2 (1963). Counting What’s Up, Tiger Lily? as only half a film (because Allen only supplied a new soundtrack to an otherwise completed film), Woody Allen had completed 8 1/2 films before this one.
Woody Allen has said many times that, along with La rosa púrpura de El Cairo, this is his favorite of the movies he’s made.
The enlarged-photo-themed wallpaper in Sandy’s apartment changed to offer reflections on or counterpoints to the scenes in which they appear. In the scene where Sandy & Dorrie are arguing about his flirting with her 13-year-old cousin it shows a newspaper headline that reads “Incest betw… father’s and…”
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Actors: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Tony Roberts
The “pork swords” on the track team were achieved by hanging balls from the inside waist band of their shorts. Director Jason Reitman then asked the boys to kick up their knees as they ran so the balls would bounce.
Michael Cera discovered that he could not successfully take a mouthful of tic-tacs and then say his lines. So he simply put the box up to his mouth but didn’t ingest any of the candy.
Ellen Page came up with Juno’s hairstyle of the ponytail with long bangs on the sides of her face and did her own hair every day.
Juno was the Roman Goddess of childbirth and marriage. The name “Juno” also has other meanings for Canadians. “Juno” was the code name of the beach where Canadian troops landed on D-Day. Approximately 1000 Canadian soldiers were injured or killed on D-Day while capturing this beach. “Juno” is also the name of the annual Canadian music awards (similar to the U.S. Grammy awards).
The hamburger phone in the movie is owned by the writer, Diablo Cody.
At one point before Juno visits Mark, he is sitting at his computer reading Diablo Cody's (the movie's screenwriter) real-life blog, known as “The Pussy Ranch”.
Juno’s handwritten message in Bleeker’s yearbook was actually written by Diablo Cody.