The Station Agent (2003) Poster


Tom McCarthy wrote the three main roles directly for the actors who ended up playing them. McCarthy has stated in interviews that at the time of writing he was friends with Peter Dinklage, an acquaintance and a colleague of Bobby Cannavale and almost a complete stranger to Patricia Clarkson.
Such were the budgetary constraints on this 20-day shoot, Patricia Clarkson's modified trailer - a windowless contraption - had originally been used for transporting horses.
Peter Dinklage is a vegetarian; the beef jerky he eats in the film was actually made of tofu.
All the artwork seen in Olivia Harris' house was painted and provided by actress Jessalyn Gilsig, writer/director Tom McCarthy's friend and co-star during their run in TV show Boston Public (2000).
The train depot seen in the film still remains in Newfoundland, NJ. It is a popular spot for railfans to take pictures of the Susquahanna trains as they chase them north through NJ, just as Joe and Fin did in the film.
In the hospital waiting room near the end of the film, Joe can be seen reading Robert Evans' autobiography 'The Kid Stays in the Picture'.
Directorial debut of Tom McCarthy.
The book that Joe reads is 'All Quiet On The Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque.
Perhaps it is not coincidental Finbar McBride's namesake or patron is St. Finbar (550-620), who lived as a religious hermit. Despite choosing a remote place to found a monastery, Finbar attracted many, even as many as to eventually increase into the city of Cork. The similarities are striking between the character and the bishop.
Though the film was shot on location in New Jersey, the character of Emily is driving a car with Arizona license plates.
Distribution rights acquired by Miramax for around $1.5 million.
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The last name of the character of the will executor is the last name of director Tom McCarthy 's high school friend and co-writer of Win Win (2011), Joe Tiboni.
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