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Noah Baumbach originally wanted Wes Anderson to direct but Anderson convinced Baumbach to direct it himself, due to the film being very personal to Baumbach.
Bill Murray was set to star in the main role, but backed out in the last minute because he wanted to take a break after filming Broken Flowers (2005). He was later replaced by Jeff Daniels.
Shot in 23 days.
Anna Paquin, who plays a love interest to Jeff Daniels in the Squid and the Whale, played his daughter nine years earlier in _Fly Away Home (1996)_ (in which their characters attempt to set a flock of orphaned Canada Geese back on their migratory path). Upon the release of the Squid and the Whale, Jeff Daniels said that this previous experience made the filming a bit awkward for both of them. His comment to one interviewer about how he and Paquin got through the filming of their intimate scenes was, "we tried not to think about...you know, geese."
Although the movie is heavily autobiographical, director and writer Noah Baumbach said he never pretended to have written "Hey You" by Pink Floyd for a school contest. In reality, a friend of his did it with a Who song, and Baumbach borrowed the story because it felt so much like something that could've come from his childhood.
Jeff Daniels was scheduled to film The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004) when The Squid and the Whale (2005) was set to start production. The beard Jeff Daniels has in The Five People You Meet In Heaven is there only because he felt his character in The Squid and the Whale would have had a beard.
According to director Noah Baumbach, Jesse Eisenberg auditioned 9 times for the part of Walt.
The title refers to a prized display of a giant squid fighting a whale at the American Museum of Natural History, which appears in the final shot of the film.
Laura Linney was given the script by Eric Stoltz in 2000 while they were filming The House of Mirth (2000). She agreed to do it immediately.
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The agency which Bernard gets the rejection letter from is ICM (International Creative Management). This is the agency of Jeff Daniels, who plays Bernard, and also of Laura Linney.
Long before the movie was made lead actress Laura Kinney's father and director Noah Baumbach's father were in a car accident together while visiting an artist colony.
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As of 2016 'The Squid and the Whale" was the last major acting job of Owen Kline.
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The budget on the film was around $1,500,000.
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In the scenes where Jeff Daniels' character is driving, Daniel's actually drove the vehicles himself.
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'Jeff Daniels (I')' character says that he is going to SUNY Binghamton to do a reading towards the end of the movie. While the film is not actually shot on the campus of BU, the actor who plays Ivan, William Baldwin, is an actual alum of Binghamton University.
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Ivan is strikingly similar in appearance and mannerisms to renowned author David Foster Wallace. Bernard's excuse for Joan leaving him throughout the film is because he is not as successful a writer as he once was, and though this is never proven in Joan's character and reasoning, her getting together with Ivan is perhaps the only proof Bernard has of this excuse, and why he shows so much physical pain in reaction to it.
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