Three months before Spanish premiere, Alejandro Amenábar gave a photo to the media to be shown all over the nation to make people get used to Bardem's make-up and forget about it while watching the film to pay attention to his performance.
Javier Bardem recalls the scene where his character and Rosa (Lola Dueñas) are watching the sunset as one of the most magical moments of his career, because somehow they were so into the characters that were able to forget the crew and just be in the moment.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Lola Dueñas' character should have been called Ramona Maneiro, but Ramon Sampedro's family told Amenábar that they didn't want the name of Ramon's "assassin" to appear in the movie, so Amenábar called the character of Lola Dueñas, simply "Rosa".
The film is based on the true case of Ramón Sampedro who in fact suffered from paralysis after a diving accident for over 25 years. Eventually, Sampedro committed suicide. For his screenplay, Alejandro Amenábar left the original name for his lead character instead of altering it.