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(1998)

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Cinematographer Sven Nykvist had lost much of his sight at the time of filming. Allen would describe the scenes to Nykvist so Nykvist could tell Allen how each scene should look. This partially became the basis of Allen's blind director in Hollywood Ending (2002).
Charlize Theron - who had been a model before becoming an actress - had publicly vowed never to play a model onscreen. Woody Allen was aware of this and wrote her a letter specifically asking her to change her mind about that so that she could appear in his film.
According to Hugh Grant on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he was originally given the part, but lost it later to Kenneth Branagh. Two years later, Woody Allen cast Grant as David Perrette in Small Time Crooks (2000).
Woody Allen was dissatisfied with a sequence that featured Vanessa Redgrave and re-shot it with Elaine Stritch. He eventually rewrote the material for a younger character, played in the final film by Bebe Neuwirth.
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Sam Rockwell replaced Michael Imperioli who dropped out to work on the pilot for The Sopranos (1999).
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Allen wanted to hire Kenneth Branagh for the lead role but was unsure whether he could pull off an American accent. As Branagh was filming The Gingerbread Man (1998) at the time, Robert Altman screened most of the film for him, and Branagh got the part.
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According to Allison Janney, neither she nor Allen knew the proper pronunciation of the word "triplex". After she did two takes pronouncing it as "try-plex", Allen told her to find the right pronunciation. She decided to ask real estate magnate Donald Trump who was on the set preparing for his cameo. Trump told her it was "trip-lex" and that is how she pronounces it in the film.
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Kate Winslet was considered for the role of Nola.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and J.K. Simmons; and six Oscar nominees: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Melanie Griffith, Winona Ryder, Douglas McGrath and Michael Lerner.
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In the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio and Kenneth Branagh are watching a boxing match, magician David Blaine can be seen sitting behind them. Blaine was on the set visiting DiCaprio that day and they put him in at the last minute.
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Only Kenneth Branagh and Judy Davis were privy to the complete script.
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This is the the 21st and final collaboration between Woody Allen and Susan E. Morse, who had edited all of his films since Manhattan (1979).
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Leonardo DiCaprio is onscreen for exactly 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
The role of actress/waitress Nola was intended for Drew Barrymore but she had to decline owing to a previous commitment to Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998).
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Joe Mantegna's character Tony Gardella asks his family, "What am I, Don Corleone?" Mantegna played Joey Zasa in The Godfather: Part III (1990) while Allen's longtime collaborator Diane Keaton played Kay Adams-Corleone in that film as well as The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
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In the movie, Lee Simon is an alumnus of Glenwood High School. Author Woody Allen's alma mater is Midwood High School (class of 1953) on Glenwood Avenue.
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According to Michael Lerner, he and Woody Allen did not get along and they got into a heated argument on the set. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Lerner called Allen "a schmuck".
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Saffron Burrows was sacked and was replaced by Charlize Theron.
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Director Trademark 

Woody Allen: [writer] Lee Simon is a magazine writer.
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Spoilers 

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After Alice (1990), this is the second Woody Allen film in which Joe Mantegna and Judy Davis play a married couple.
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