America's Sweethearts (2001) Poster


Julia Roberts turned down the lead role for the supporting one.
Robert Downey Jr. was originally slated to play Eddie. John Cusack was cast instead when Downey's legal problems raised doubts as to whether he would be available for filming.
Gwen uses "Holly Golightly" of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) as an alias for the hotel register, something Catherine Zeta-Jones has wanted to do for real for years.
Billy Crystal had written the part of Eddie for himself years ago, but Joe Roth persuaded Crystal to take on the role of Lee the publicist, as he felt Crystal was too old to play the part by then.
The character of Hal Weidmann is based on Hal Ashby.
This was Joe Roth's first picture as director in 11 years. Initially Billy Crystal was slated to direct the picture. When Roth read the script, he was totally immersed and liked the script so much that he wanted to direct. Crystal granted Roth's request to direct the picture and stayed on as producer.
Julia Roberts is 2 years older than Catherine Zeta-Jones, yet in the movie it is strongly implied that Gwen (Zeta-Jones) is the older sister of Kiki (Roberts).
When Dave enters the hotel bar to speak with Lee, Dave says to the bartender "I'll have whatever he's having." This is an in-joke in reference to the famous "I'll have what she's having" scene in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which also starred Billy Crystal.
In a scene shown only in the trailer, Eddie and Gwen seem to be acting in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Steve Pink who played John Cusack's limo driver also played Cusack's classmate in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). Pink was also a screenwriter for High Fidelity (2000) and directed Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), both starring Cusack.
Catherine Zeta-Jones also plays a former girlfriend of a John Cusack character who cheated on him and then dumped him in High Fidelity (2000).
This is the second time Alan Arkin plays John Cusack's reluctant psychologist. The first was in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).
When Hal is talking to the press at the press junket his microphone shorts. As he says the line "...this is the most honest movie I have ever made" after the word "made" you hear a click and can see the flash in the microphone headpiece as it shorts.
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken; and one Oscar nominee: Stanley Tucci.
John Cusack's real life sister, Ann Cusack, appears uncredited in the role of Lee's personal assistant.
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John Cusack acted alongside Julia Roberts's niece Emma Roberts together in Adult World (2013).
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One the first pass by the MPAA, the film was rated R for it's adult language and sexual innuendo. Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures made the small cuts necessary to get the desired PG-13 rating.
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Hank Azaria and John Cusack worked together previously on Grosse Point Blank (1997)
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