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The author of the novel, E. Annie Proulx, would only grant the film rights to the book upon the condition that it be filmed on location in Newfoundland.
The Newfoundland band Great Big Sea very much wanted to have music in the soundtrack, so they "seeded" the stereos in director's and stars' B&B with their CDs, hoping that the music would catch their attention. It did, and the band has five songs in the movie, four in the diner scenes and one at the party. The songs are not contained in the movie's official soundtrack however, a film score composed by Christopher Young.
Kevin Spacey put on about 25 pounds for the role of Quoyle.
Gordon Pinsent, who played Billy Pretty in the film, was the only leading actor who was a native Newfoundlander. He was a dialect coach for a number of actors in the film including Kevin Spacey and Dame Judi Dench.
The scenes in which Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is in the water were filmed at a tank in St. John's, Newfoundland (normally used for testing boats and marine technology). The tank, which normally contains cold Atlantic sea water, had to be specially filled with warm water for Spacey's comfort.
Jason Behr put on 15 pounds for his role as Dennis Buggit.
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John Travolta at one time was attached to star, along with his wife, Kelly Preston. Later, Billy Bob Thornton was also linked with the project.
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When Billy Bob Thornton was set to direct, he wanted Laura Dern to play Wavey.
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Composer Jerry Goldsmith was attached to the project in the early stages of its development.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett; and one Oscar nominee: Pete Postlethwaite.
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Kevin Spacey and Pete Postlethwaite previously appeared in The Usual Suspects (1995).
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The film unites two performers of Queen Elizabeth I: Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett - though they don't share scenes in this film. Dench played the Queen in Shakespeare in Love (1998) while Blanchett playing the same role in two films, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
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Julianne Moore and Scott Glenn appeared in films of the Hannibal Lecter franchise. Glenn played Jack Crawford, the mentor of agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Moore was Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001).
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