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Both Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore worked for a scale salary of $250,000 as a favor to their friend, director George Clooney. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon cameoed for free.
Sam Rockwell was George Clooney's first and only choice to play Chuck Barris.
The clip from the The Newlywed Game (1966) is a real clip. It was long thought to be an urban legend and at one time even the host came to believe it was not real.
Most of the scenes were done in one take. The NBC lobby scene, and The Dating Game (1965) montage are done completely in one take; the actors ran around to get into position.
Scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman felt dissatisfied with the way George Clooney treated his script. He commented: "I spent a lot of time working on the script, but Clooney wasn't interested in the things I was interested in. I've moved on, and I've no animosity towards him, but its a film I don't really relate to." Clooney acknowledged he made changes, because there were 'funky scenes' that never would have got the greenlight for a studio film.
David Fincher and Bryan Singer were both considered to direct. Singer initially accepted, but had to withdraw when the entire cast of X-Men 2 (2003) became available for production to begin on that film. Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, and Johnny Depp were all considered for the role of Chuck Barris. Depp stayed on as executive producer.
George Clooney's directorial debut.
The Central Intelligence Agency has denied that Chuck Barris ever worked for them.
The film was spoofed in a brief article in The Onion entitled "Movie Marketed as Six Different Genres" ("a romantic comedy, a spy thriller, a Hollywood satire, a straightforward biopic... a strange, Being John Malkovich (1999)-esque mind-bender," and a chick flick).
A tour guide says that her favorite television show stars Rosemary Clooney, aunt of director George Clooney. G. Clooney also includes R. Clooney in the movie by playing her recording of "There's No Business Like Show Business" over the end credits.
Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell starred together in Charlie's Angels (2000).
To accommodate the film's 30 million dollar budget, George Clooney had to convince Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore to lower their asking prices.
George Clooney started a relationship with Krista Allen after the film was finished. They broke up two years later.
The film has quite a few actors from the Ocean's 11 series in it. George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. One of the producers is Ocean's Eleven (2001) director Steven Soderbergh.
Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Patricia Wilson, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Hours (2002).
David O. Russell was offered the film to direct but turned it down, deciding "that it was just not about anything but a guy who liked to fuck girls and say that he shot people in the head".
Features four actors from the Batman films. George Clooney played Batman in Batman & Robin (1997). Drew Barrymore appeared in Batman Forever (1995), Rutger Hauer appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in The Dark Knight (2008). In addition, Barrymore's and Gyllenhaal's characters are both romantically involved with Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Chuck Barris.
George Clooney's father Nick Clooney used to direct TV game shows. He derived experiences from watching them backstage for making the film.
Renée Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow were considered for the role of Penny Pacino.
This was originally set to star Mike Myers in the lead with P.J. Hogan directing.
Julia Roberts worked on the set for six days.
Two of the trainees at the CIA training camp are named "Ruby" and "Oswald". Oswald is the one whose gun jams on the rifle range.
The car Chuck Barris uses in East Germany is Soviet VAZ 2102.
Russell Crowe, Edward Norton and Kevin Spacey were attached to the role of Chuck Barris at various stages.

Director Cameo 

George Clooney:  During a montage, we see Patricia and Chuck Barris dancing in a bedroom next to a bed where we see Clooney's legs sticking up.

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