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Robin Williams often plays practical jokes in the middle of a take during the making of a film. According to producer Christine Vachon, Williams burst out of a doorway completely nude during one take for a chase scene.
Robin Williams had to shave most of his arms, upper chest and hands for this movie because of his extremely hairy body.
Robin Williams is a fan of the Japanese anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) and specifically asked to have a model from the series incorporated as part of the film. The model itself, contrary to Jake's explanation that it is of a "good guy", is of an unintelligent, creature-like antagonist from the adult-oriented film ending to the series, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997). The boxed toy is supposedly from Williams' own personal collection.
After the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Robin Williams overheard viewers say that they forgot it was Williams in the lead role 15 minutes into the film. An observation that made Williams proud.
Near the beginning of the movie, as the Yorkin family is going over their set of developed photos while in their house, they are eating Chinese food and inside of an opened fortune cookie it reads "Someone wants you to be happy". Director Mark Romanek actually searched through 30 fortune cookies before he found one that related to the film and used it in the scene.
Jack Nicholson was originally offered the role of Sy, but turned it down.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was initially chosen by Mark Romanek to provide the musical score for the film. Romanek, however opted not to use the score Reznor provided. Some of the compositions meant to be used in this film were reworked and released on the album Still by Nine Inch Nails.
In preparation for his role, Robin Williams trained for two and a half days at a photo developing training facility in Southern California on an Agfa MSC 101-D photo developing machine.
Robin Williams was originally cast as the SavMart manager, Bill (later played by Gary Cole), but after reading the screenplay for a second time, Williams requested the role of Sy.
Several of the family photos Sy goes through at the flea market feature Mark Romanek as a boy, his parents and his aunt.
The hotel that Will and Maya spend their lunch breaks in is called the Edgerton. Harold E. Edgerton invented the high speed electronic photographic flash.
The number "86" appears on the wall as Sy is leaving the store after his last day on the job. When used as a verb, 86 is a slang term for refusing service or getting rid of something.
In the first showing of the "photo wall", there are 854 photos. 29 high by 31 across minus three rows of 10, 14 and 21. At a later date the wall has 862 photos, same grid minus three rows of 2, 14 and 21.
Names of other photographers also appear, including: Yoshi Araki (Nobuyoshi Araki is a very well-known Japanese photographer), Bill Owens, 'Ellen von Unwerth' (a popular German photographer), Aaron Siskind, Paul Outerbridge.
Andy Rolfes's character, Officer Dan Lyon, is named for Danny Lyon, an influential American photographer.
The number "23" appears frequently throughout the movie. Catch 23 is the production company.
Sy drives a 2001 Toyota Echo.
On the first meeting between Will Yorkin and Sy, we can see boxes for the video games "Bang! Gunship Elite" by Red Storm and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors (2000) by Ensemble Studios.
James Van DerZee was the name of an innovative photographer from New York.
During the DVD commentary, director Mark Romanek stated that Jack Nicholson was up for the role of Sy before Robin Williams. This is not the first time Williams was up for a role first approached to Nicholson. When Nicholson was stalling to sign on as Joker in Batman (1989) Williams was in talks before casting was finalized.
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