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  • Margot Robbie and Allison Janney's first film together since I, Tonya (2017) which Robbie also produced. Both actresses received Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Janney won from her nomination.
  • Both Charlize Theron and Allison Janney were voice actors on The Addams Family (2019).
  • In the past, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron vied for roles in Bewitched and Grace of Monaco; Kidman won both roles.
  • Originally set up at Annapurna Pictures, the company dropped the film days before production was supposed to start.
  • The original title was Fair and Balanced, but producers scrapped the title.
  • Charlize Theron and Mark Duplass co-star in Tully (2018).
  • The film includes three Oscar winners: Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, and Charlize Theron; and two Oscar nominees: John Lithgow and Margot Robbie.
  • Margot Robbie's character is the only main character in the film not based on a real person. Her character was invented for the film, possibly from a combination of real-life people or experiences, rolled into one character to streamline storytelling.
  • Nicole Kidman said Meryl Streep convinced her to take the part.
  • The project was originally brought to Charlize Theron's production company, with the intention of her producing and possibly starring in the film. Once Theron decided to star as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman were her top picks for the roles of Kayla Pospisil and Gretchen Carlson, respectively.
  • Even though this film is centered on Fox News and based in New York City, it was filmed in Los Angeles.
  • The three lead actresses have all worked with Alexander Skarsgård; Robbie in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Kidman in Big Little Lies (2017), and Theron in Long Shot (2019). Theron also worked with Alexander's younger brother Bill Skarsgård in Atomic Blonde (2017)
  • On Margot Robbie's work in the film and her approach to acting, director Jay Roach revealed that "she analyzes her scenes in such a nerdy way" and "knows every mark she wants to hit." He described her as "an amazingly craft-oriented person, to go with the big heart, soul, and incredible ability."
  • Prosthetic makeup artist Kazu Hiro, responsible for the painstaking transformation of actor John Lithgow into Fox News boss Roger Ailes, had won his Academy Award for Darkest Hour (2017) after turning Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, a character Lithgow had earlier portrayed in The Crown (2016).
  • Mark Duplass, who plays Megyn Kelly's husband, and Katie Aselton, who had a cameo in the movie, are married in real life.
  • Josh and Ben Lawson, who play the Murdoch brothers, are brothers in real life.
  • Nicole Kidman and Robin Weigert were in Big Little Lies together. Nicole Kidman played Celeste Wright and Robin Weigert played her therapist.
  • Kate McKinnon plays a character that works at Fox, but is a Democrat who has two pictures of Hilary Clinton in her house. Kate McKinnon played Hilary Clinton on Saturday Night Live.
  • Connie Britton (Beth Ailes) and Richard Kind (Rudy Giuliani) worked together in the series Spin City (1996)
  • While the movie is centred on sexual harassment in the workplace, Margot Robbie revealed she didn't fully realise what it was until reading the script. "One of the lines that shocked me when I first read the script was that sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances," she told the Herald Sun on Saturday. "I always thought it required physical contact for it to be considered illegal or wrong. That really shocked me." Margot said recognising that such harassment did not have to be physical, but also be verbal, prompted her to join the film.
  • Margot Robbie revealed that her character's scenes in the office of FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow, were some of the most uncomfortable to film.
  • The scene of Roger Ailes asking Kayla Pospisil to lift up her skirt was filmed with multiple cameras capturing all the angles at once. Jay Roach didn't want Margot Robbie needing to perform that scene for more than one take.
  • Elisabeth Rohm and Robin Weigert were also together in the Law & Order episode Seer.
  • Margot Robbie and P.J. Byrne were previously together in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
  • Due to the make-up that turns Charlize Theron into Megyn Kelly, many fans expressed their confusion about the actress playing Kelly, taking her wrongly to be Elizabeth Banks.
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