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Shooting began in May 1999, but in July 1999 Kidman was contractually obligated to leave film Moulin Rouge! (2001) instead and production was put on hold. Eventually, the shoot was delayed again, this time for six months, because Kidman had to overcome a broken rib.
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Nicole Kidman went to the Russian Embassy in Australia for help in speaking Russian. She didn't work with any other coach on the set except the woman from the embassy.
Playwright Jez Butterworth's last film. He has not directed a feature film since, partly because he disliked the slow process of film-making, and has focused on writing instead.
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The producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were later interested in working with Jez Butterworth again and a script was ordered. However, in 2008, Pollack and Minghella both passed away within three months of each other and the project was scrapped.
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Some scenes were filmed in Sydney, Australia, in order for Nicole Kidman could be close to her children and then-husband Tom Cruise who filmed Mission: Impossible II (2000) in Sydney at the same time.
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After this film, Nicole Kidman recommended director Jez Butterworth to her friend Hugh Jackman. They two of them collaborated on the acclaimed stage play "The River" after Kidman's recommendations.
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After their collaboration on this film, Kidman later helped Jez Butterworth getting attached to big studio films as a screenwriter. When Kidman was once attached to star in Doug Liman's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and as the film was looking for a rewrite, Kidman suggested Butterworth to director Liman. This resulted in what Liman described as "The single most positive experience I've ever had of a writer coming in to rewrite a script." Butterworth and Liman would also later collaborate on Fair Game (2010) and _Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
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Jez Butterworth was originally not interested in casting Nicole Kidman. However producer Harvey Weinstein wanted her and got Butterworth to see her in the play "Blue Room", after which he agreed to cast her.
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Jan Sverák refused to direct it.
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Ben Chaplin previously starred with Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996). Both Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman have appeared in Batman films.
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