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In interviews, Jason Statham said that in addition to the stunt driving course they all received, he got two days' driving tuition from Damon Hill, the British ex-world champion Formula 1 driver. However, all the cast members acknowledged that Charlize Theron was easily the best driver among them.
Charlize Theron got two speeding tickets, both for going more than 40mph over the speed limit, during the filming of this movie. She said that after filming driving so fast, she just couldn't get her speed down to drive home.
Two electric-powered Mini Coopers, and one Mini Cooper S had to be specially built for the film, since gasoline-powered vehicles are not allowed to operate in L.A.'s subway system.
Lyle (Seth Green) claims he was the creator of Napster, and that Shawn Fanning stole it from him. It shows a flashback of Lyle sleeping, and a person taking a disk out of the PC that has Napster on it. The person is really Shawn Fanning, the creator of Napster. When he steals the disk, the bottom of a Metallica poster can be seen on the wall. Metallica were vocal critics of the original Napster.
Edward Norton made it clear that his participation is a result of contractual obligation, not choice. He signed a three movie deal with Paramount, of which Primal Fear (1996), his breakthrough movie, was the first. He kept dismissing scripts for the other two, until Paramount coerced him into accepting a role in The Italian Job.
During the getaway, the helicopter pilot did actually fly under the bridge. You can find this on the DVD Special Feature.
For enhancing the body height Mark Wahlberg used high heeled shoes through out the movie. However in the opening introduction scene with Donald Sutherland and the two basketball scenes with Jason Statham and Seth Green he used normal shoes.
The Metro tunnel set was so huge that it wouldn't fit in any soundstage in Los Angeles. It was built in the hangar where the first space shuttle was assembled. They used every inch available in that hangar.
Lyle's girlfriend at the end of the movie is played by Kelly Brook, Jason Statham's actual girlfriend at the time of the movie.
A MINI with two steering wheels was used for some of the shooting in order that a stunt driver could drive the car whilst one of the actors performed in front of the camera. This unusual car is now a part of the MINI factory tour in Cowley, Oxford.
The NetCom Cable van shows the phone number 1-800-555-0199. This is the same number that Al Pacino in The Insider (1999) and Kevin Spacey in American Beauty (1999) have.
The principal actors in the movie did most of the stunt driving themselves. Whilst all of the principals needed stunt driving lessons - Yasiin Bey needed a little more work because he didn't have a driving license at the outset of the production.
Paramount was unsatisfied with the film's box office performance on its first run and had it re-released in theaters in late August 2003.
The Venice authority allowed the crew to go over the speed limit for the boat chase sequence.
For the first time in cinematic history, the production shut down Hollywood Boulevard and Highland for seven days for the shooting, according to director F. Gary Gray in an interview featured in the DVD.
The red Mini Cooper driven by Stella at the beginning of the film is a nod to the Mini Coopers from the original The Italian Job (1969). It is a vastly different model to the one featured in the original, though, being a late Rover-produced model made in the late-'90s, not an Austin Mini Cooper Mk1 as was used in the original film.
At one point, this film S.W.A.T. (2003), and Hollywood Homicide (2003) were all filming on the streets of downtown Los Angeles at the same time.
In an Easter Egg on the DVD, Seth Green improvises different versions of his mocking commentary as Handsome Rob (Jason Statham) seduces the cable TV repairwoman.
32 Minis were used throughout the shooting.
While the thieves are spying on Steve Frezelli in his home, Michael Caine is seen on the large screen television in a clip from Alfie (1966).
After the crew have stolen the gold in Venice and are discussing their shopping lists, 'Handsome Rob' says he is going to buy an Aston Martin Vanquish. Although Steve has a Vanquish (The Green car in the courtyard of his house when Stella goes to repair the TV) Handsome Rob actually drives an Aston Martin DB7 Volante at the end of the movie, an older and totally different car to the Vanquish.
Screen writers Donna Powers and Wayne Powers say in an interview featured in the DVD that they hadn't watched the 1969 original movie before agreeing to write the script. After that, they only watched it once. This was on purpose because they didn't want to copy the movie, they wanted to make their own movie inspired by the original one.
While Charlie Croker's line: "You ready to create the biggest traffic jam in the history of Los Angeles?" appears in the trailer, it doesn't appear in the theatrical release.
The value of the stolen gold is repeatedly listed as $35 million. During the year 2003, when the film was released, gold prices ranged from around $320 to $420 an ounce. At an average price of $370/ounce, $35 million in gold would weigh just shy of three tons at 5,912 pounds.
In the original script, "fine" stood for Fucked-Up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional.
Kings Island (Cincinnati, OH) and Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, ON) opened The Italian Job: Stunt Track attraction in May 2005. Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA) added the ride in summer 2006. The ride is based on the chase sequence of the 2003 film. The ride is a heavily themed roller coaster, in which the coaster trains are scaled MINI Cooper S Convertible models.
James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the first draft of the screenplay, a fairly faithful translation of the original with a prologue set in World War II in which Charlie Croker's father tries and fails to recover the gold (tying the film in with Troy Kennedy-Martin's other heist film Kelly's Heroes (1970)). A new story was commissioned from writing team the Powers that relocated the action to L.A. Early posters and the trailer still credited Purvis and Wade as co-writers.
When Charlize Theron is cracking the safe she is writing out the combination in grease pencil. The first two digits are 7-17. Donald Sutherland (her father in the movie) was born on July, 17th (7-17).
During the final chase scene, there are two scenes where Stella's red Mini is not shown. This is because there is a deleted scene (which is on the DVD under deleted scenes) where Stella drives off to lead a police car that is chasing them away.
Jason Statham and Charlize Theron both star in Fast 8 (2017), also about fast cars and robbery, and which is also directed by F. Gary Gray. Theron reportedly plays the main villain.
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The White MINI was custom painted into a 'Pepper White' MINI with a pure white roof - this is not a color combination that is made for the MINI. From 2001-2004, you could only buy MINI's with white roofs. It wasn't until 2005 that you could get a white, black or body colored roof. The mirrors had options for the "cap" that went over it. It could be white, black, chrome, or body color.
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A scene with Grant Show as Stella's date in a bar was filmed but cut from the theatrical version. The scene can be found on the DVD.
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The filmmakers used the classic Mini Cooper as a tribute to the cars in the original movie. It had to be customized because Charlize Theron was so tall.
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Donald Sutherland famously went to Venice in Don't Look Now (1973).
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Jason Statham and Kelly Brook were dating at the time.
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Charlize Theron was F. Gary Gray's first choice for the character of Stella Bridger, and Mark Wahlberg also recommended her for the role. She spent time with a safecracker in preparing for the role.
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Mark Wahlberg says that driving a Mini Cooper is "like driving a really high-powered go-kart."
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The screenwriters actually have a friend nicknamed Handsome Rob.
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Originally, the heist was supposed to happen at sea, on a boat. The filmmakers moved it to Venice to put more Italy into the film.
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The speed limit in the Venice canals ranges from five to twenty kilometers per hour. The filmmakers got special permission to break these limits.
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F. Gary Gray says he cried from laughing so hard at Seth Green's improvisations.
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Edward Norton chose his wardrobe to make his character a little quirky.
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The subway tunnel is one of the few sets built for this movie.
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Charlize Theron bragged about Donald Sutherland playing her father. However, Theron and Sutherland never filmed scenes together.
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There were no visual effects used for the scene with the helicopter.
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The production was not allowed to use cars with gas-powered engines in the metro tunnel. So the crew had to create the first electric Mini's.
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F. Gary Gray cast Mark Wahlberg after seeing him in Boogie Nights (1997).
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For the explosion, the crew used 60 mortars with charcoal in them to get the look.
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The actors did most of their stunts, even driving down the stairs to the metro.
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Skinny Pete is also the name of a character on Breaking Bad (2008).
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F. Gary Gray and cinematographer Wally Pfister worked together to develop a visual style for the film before production began. They viewed car commercials and magazine photographs, as well as chase sequences from The French Connection (1971), Ronin (1998), and The Bourne Identity (2002) as visual references. Pfister wanted "dark textures and undertones and strong contrast"; he collaborated with production designer Charlie Wood on the color palette, and the two would confer with Gray on their ideas.
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Paramount preferred that the film not be shot in the anamorphic format, despite Wally Pfister's wishes to do so. F. Gary Gray wanted a widescreen aspect ratio, so they chose to shoot the film in Super 35 for a 2.4:1 aspect ratio.
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Three hundred cars were used to simulate the traffic jam at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, which was controlled by the production crew for a week.
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For the scene in which an armoured truck falls through Hollywood Boulevard and into the subway tunnel below, Wally Pfister set up seven cameras to capture the vehicle's ~30 foot (9.1 m) descent.
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Mark Wahlberg was originally attracted to the role of SteveFrazelli, but F. Gary Gray thought he was perfect for Charlie.
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The second unit, under director Alexander Witt and cinematographer Josh Bleibtreu, filmed establishing shots, the Venice canal chase sequence, and the Los Angeles chase sequence over a period of 40 days.
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Filming on location posed some challenges. The opening heist sequence in Venice, Italy, was strictly monitored by the local authorities, due to the high speeds the boats were driven at. The frigid temperatures at Passo Fedaia in the Italian Alps created problems during production: "The guns would jam, and if you could imagine not being able to walk 40 feet with a bottle of water without it freezing, those are the conditions we had to work in," F. Gary Gray remarked. Pedestrians had to be allowed to use the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard between takes. Also, scenes which took place on freeways and city streets were only filmed on weekends.
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Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron had previously worked together before on The Yards (2000).
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Scenes take place outside the village of Canazei, in the Dolomites, part of the Italian Alps. The Italian Job (1969) also had scenes filmed in these mountains.
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There were plans for a sequel set in Brazil called The Brazilian Job, which were scrapped when the film under-performed. That script was later retooled as Fast Five (2011).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Originally the getaway was a much longer sequence in which a bullet-wounded Handsome Rob reluctantly hands over the driving to Left Ear, despite the fact that he can't drive "stick". After narrowly avoiding pedestrians at the Staples Center, getting stuck in traffic in Downtown L.A. and driving into a shop window, Rob takes over the driving. Some footage from this sequence appears as deleted scenes on the DVD release. There is also proof of this sequence still in the movie. If you freeze the movie at 1 hour 50 minutes and 32 seconds, you can see the spot on the right sleeve of Handsome Rob's coat. Also, when he's turning the car back around after taking out the second motorcycle, he's only using his left hand to steer.
When Stella opens Steve's safe, Charlie counts the bars and Lyle calculates their worth to be $27,000,000; Meaning each gold brick was worth roughly $130,000.
After stealing the gold back from Steve, Handsome Rob buys an Aston-Martin. After being released from prison, Michael Caine picks up an Aston Martin from a parking garage in The Italian Job (1969).

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