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  • Edward Norton's second turn in the directors chair after directing Keeping The Faith (2000).
  • First credited writing by Edward Norton although Norton did some uncredited writing on Fight Club (1999), Frida (2002), The Painted Veil (2006) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).
  • One NYC firefighter was killed and two others injured on the set of this movie when fire broke out in the building used for the night club on March 22, 2018.
  • During filming in a Harlem building a New York City firefighter (Michael Davidson, 37) died on 22.03.2018 after a large fire broke out. The blaze broke out in the cellar of a building on 773 St. Nicholas Avenue about 11 p.m. Two other firefighters suffered serious burns. A number of others with the department had less serious injuries, and three civilians received minor injuries.
  • According to the book "Room to Dream," when the book was first published in the 90's, David Lynch was offered the option rights to possibly produce and/or direct, but turned it down.
  • Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton and Fisher Stevens have all appeared in Wes Anderson films. Willis appeared in Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Dafoe appeared in The Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and The French Dispatch (2020). Norton appeared in Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Isle of Dogs (2018). Stevens appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018) and The French Dispatch (2020).
  • Second movie to feature both Edward Norton and Ethan Suplee, the first being American History X.
  • Edward Norton and Willam Defoe have appeared in films based on Marvel comics.
  • This movie was addressed during Comedy Central's "Roast of Bruce Willis". During Edward Norton's speech he gave a heart felt thank you to Bruce.
  • Edward Norton said it took 45 days to shoot the entire movie.
  • Edward Norton met and consulted many members of the Tourette's Association of America to prepare for the role. The film has received approval from the organization as well.
  • According to writer, director and actor Edward Norton, the principal major stars all worked for free on this, his second directorial outing.
  • Alec Baldwin's character Moses Randolph is based on real life city planner Robert Moses. Moses is largely to blame for the Brooklyn Dodgers leaving Brooklyn for los Angeles. The dodgers leaving Brooklyn is mentioned once in the movie on the radio and hinted at later when Randolph mentions a baseball team playing where he says.
  • A newspaper headline identifies "The Lindbergh Palace Hotel" as the setting for the subsequent scene-- a fictional hotel also found in The Royal Tenenbaums. Clearly, this is a sly tribute to the many Wes Anderson movie credits of most of the principal actors.
  • Second movie to feature both Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin, the first being Mercury Rising.
  • Edward Norton and Ethan Suplee team up again after American History X in 1998.
  • Although Jonathan Lethem's novel is set in 1999, the year it was published, Edward Norton wrote the screenplay to be set in 1957, believing the novel's characters and dialogue were better suited to a noir film, and because he'd always wanted to make a period film.
  • A textbook example of the "Doris Day parking spot" trope occurs when Lionel and Laura pull up to the King Rooster and park right in front, even though the club is packed.
  • The combo playing at the King Rooster is modeled on the Miles Davis Quintet: integrated band playing modal jazz, led by a raspy-voiced, arrogant trumpeter.
  • Edward Norton was such a fan of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's acting that he wrote the part of Laura Rose (a character not present in the book) specifically for her.
  • Gabby Horowitz appears to be loosely based, even down to the 'grandma glasses,' on activist Jane Jacobs who battled Robert Moses over slum clearance in Greenwich Village.
  • A theater marquee advertises "Look Back in Anger," which ran on Broadway from October1, 1957 to September 20, 1958 and starred Mary Ure and Kenneth Haigh.
  • The massive Penn Station was demolished in October 1963.
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