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(2001)

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After getting into her make up for the first time, Gwyneth Paltrow spent the rest of the day walking around in public. No one recognized her, and she used people's reaction to her as an obese woman to help understand her character in the film.
First lead role for Jack Black.
When Rosemary jumps in the pool, the huge splash was created by two wide hoses (which Gwyneth Paltrow had to dive between) which shot off the streams of water on either side of her, simulating a huge splash of water.
Gwyneth Paltrow's make-up took four hours to apply.
In the scene where Rosemary and Hal are walking along a street, and Rosemary is enjoying a caramel apple, the two pass by a glass window. In the reflection you can see Rosemary's true figure.
According to the DVD commentary, the Farrelly brothers stated that the line, "Well I can squeeze them and that's real enough for me" was changed to avoid a R rating by the MPAA. The original quote from the script was, "Well I could suck on them and that's real enough for me".
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The story is set in North Carolina, as reflected by the car Shallow Hal drives off in with Rosemary at the end of the movie. The license plate is a North Carolina license plate.
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In Roger Ebert's review he states, "Only the most attentive audience members will catch the Farrellys' subtle reference to a famous poem by Emily Dickinson." Ebert's reference is to a fly that buzzes in the death scene of Hal's father; the poem is, "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died"
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Cameo 

Sage Bonnie HumphreyAnthony Robbins' wife gets his autograph when he is coming out of the building and Jason Alexander comes to talk to him.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Cadence (the burns victim girl in hospital) is played by Brianna Gardner, the daughter of special-effects makeup artist Tony Gardner who worked on the film.
Brooke Burns is used for both the pretty and ugly versions of Katrina, this is a prosthetic change.
This movie "spoils" the surprise middle-of-the-movie twist of The Crying Game (1992).
Rosemary never learns that Hal was hypnotized.
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