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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 Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie have starred in the DCEU.
  • 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.
  • Both Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon were in Finding Dory (2016).
  • 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).
  • Nicole Kidman's friend Naomi Watts plays Gretchen Carlson in The Loudest Voice (2019).
  • 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 around 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).
  • Released the same day as The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Even though this film is centered around Fox News and based in New York City, it was shot entirely in Los Angeles.
  • 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.
  • On Dec. 12, 2019 Charlize Theron accidentally exposed her pubic area while celebrating when she heard Bombshell was nominated for a SAG Award. She was in her bedroom kneeling on her bed in a bath robe surrounded by a squad of friends when she heard the news. She started bouncing up and down in excitement and the bottom half of her robe flew open. She laughed and quickly closed it saying she wasn't wearing underwear. Someone was videotaping her reaction to the award when it happened. Theron posted the video on Instagram anyway, but, to the disappointment of her fans, a test pattern appeared over the moment where her robe flew open.
  • Richard Kind previously started with Connie Britton in Spin City
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