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The scene where Andy has his chest hair removed required five cameras set up for the shot. Star Steve Carell's chest hair was actually ripped out in the scene. The actor had told director Judd Apatow just before shooting the scene: "It has to be real. It won't be as funny if it's mocked up or if it's special effect. You have to see that this is really happening." The scene had to be done in one shot.
The entire "You Know How I Know You're Gay" scene was improvised by Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
A lot of the movie was improvised while shooting.
Paul Rudd came up with the idea for Steve Carell to yell out "Oh, Kelly Clarkson" during the waxing scene.
In a deleted scene on the Unrated DVD, when Andy is on the phone trying to get help to get rid of his erection, the person on the other end is director Judd Apatow impersonating an Indian accent.
Steve Carell's wife Nancy Carell (Walls) suggested Jane Lynch for the role of Paula, who also worked with Carell during their Second City days. Before Walls suggested Lynch for the role, it was written to be played by a man, and the character did not come on to Andy until Lynch had been cast and the actors came up with that scene (with her singing the "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" to Andy) during rehearsals.
According to Seth Rogen, Steve Carell was so nervous that the film would be shut down by the studio, he had the writers prepare a back-up version of the script that didn't contain a single word of profanity.
The "We Sell Your Stuff on eBay" store was a real store; it was written into the script after the location was chosen.
'Judd Apatow' had a part written for Jason Segel with the character named Jason, but Apatow couldn't get the studio to approve his casting. Apatow advised Segel because of his unique brand of humor, to consider writing material for himself. Thus Segel wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), which Apatow served as one of the producers.
The counselor at the health clinic where Andy takes Marla is played by Steve Carell's real-life wife, Nancy Carell.
When Catherine Keener was cast, Steve Carell told Judd Apatow that her casting had legitimized the film's credibility.
The "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" sung by Javier to Paula translates to: "When I clean my room / I can't find anything / Where are you going in such a hurry/ To the soccer game." Jane Lynch has told several interviewers that these "lyrics" were really a practice dialogue that she remembered from a high school Spanish class.
In a magazine interview, director Judd Apatow revealed a trick behind the film's success: during the first preview of the movie, he had actually recorded the preview audiences vocal reaction with a tape recorder. When it came to re-cutting the film for the general release, he trimmed the film in sync to the recorded reaction. The scenes that did not have audience reaction were either cut or trimmed (but reinserted in the Unrated edition).
During the "you know how I know you're gay" scene, Paul Rudd is wearing a t-shirt that has a picture of himself on it.
Steve Carell's then 80-year-old parents went to see the film, much to his embarrassment.
Judd Apatow's daughter came up with the idea of having the drunken Nicky (played by Apatow's wife Leslie Mann) fall asleep while driving Andy to her place and bouncing off of parked cars.
Actress Elizabeth Banks, who plays Beth, was commuting back and forth between L.A. and Vancouver, since at the time she was shooting this movie she was also in Canada working on Slither (2006).
Producers were planning to have sequel by name of Knocked Up with almost the same star cast. But at end they released Knocked Up as another movie (not related to The 40 Year Old Virgin).
Andy, David, Cal and Jay are believed to be in the same age group. However, Seth Rogen (Cal) was only 22 years old at the time of filming while Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco were in their mid-30's to 40's.
The American Humane Association withheld its "no animals were harmed" disclaimer due to the fact that several tropical fish died accidentally during the making of the film.
Steve Carell was actually 43 years old and a father of two children when the movie was released in 2005.
That's yogurt that Leslie Mann vomits up over Steve Carell.
Jonah Hill got heatstroke filming the final dance number.
Film debut of Mindy Kaling.
The films that are watched by the characters in the Smar-Tech store are all produced by Universal.
When Trish is helping Andy package up his toys for sale she mentions that "oh my god, this guy Eric Gilliland, he has bought like 15 of these (toys from eBay). I think he likes action figures even more than you." Eric, who is a real friend of Catherine Keener, was the head writer on the Roseanne (1988) show and has written and produced many others.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
This represents the first time Steve Carell has ever kissed anybody onscreen.
A deleted scene has Andy fantasizing about a television reporter named after one of the film's producers, Shauna Robertson.
The electrical store featured in the movie was not a set but a repurposed Staples store that had just shut down.
"Smart-tech" is loosely based on the "Circuit City" chain.
During the "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine in" song-and-dance scene, Jay is seen performing the "sideways shuffle" made popular by M.C. Hammer. Romany Malco (Jay) starred as M.C. Hammer in the VH1 TV movie Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (2001).
Catherine Keener, Jonah Hill and Steve Carell were all later Oscar nominated for their performances in three films directed by Bennett Miller.
The 20 Date Countdown Calendar of Andy's only has 6 day columns instead of a normal 7-day week.
Several times in the movie, Cal wears t-shirts with music LP covers on them. They are: - Nirvana: Nevermind - Sonic Youth: Dirty - Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet - Genius/The GZA: Liquid Swords. All these albums were released through Universal Music labels; this film was released by Universal Pictures.
The film ended up being instrumental to making the U.S. version of "The Office" into an Emmy-winning smash hit. After that show's 1st season, the producers were worried because Steve Carell's Michael Scott character was coming across as nasty and menacing when they didn't want him to. After seeing his performance here, they used some of its elements to transform Michael Scott into a man who was still a buffoon but was more clueless than mean and had some genuine skills.
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The Yellow Post-It note attached to Andy's calendar says "Don't Forget! Power Off Wed. Midnight to 2 AM".
The writing team were given stacks of academic studies of older virgins by Universal Pictures. They were gratified to see that most of these virgins were not dissimilar to their lead character.
The production used over a million feet of film, a milestone reached on the last day of filming.
Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Jonah Hill have since starred together in Knocked Up (2007).
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The song that Andy is playing on his baritone horn while marching around his apartment is "Anchors Aweigh".
To date, at 116 minutes, this is Judd Apatow's shortest directorial effort (though the unrated cut is 133 minutes)
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Trish's last name is Piedmont. It is seen on her card that she gives to Andy.
Catherine Keener was first choice to play Trish.
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The role played by Jane Lynch was originally written as a male character.
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When Cal and Andy walk through the bookstore, the first book that's prominently visible in the upper left corner is "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.
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After Andy agrees to go to the bar with his co-workers, he walks by a newsstand that includes a magazine cover featuring Katherine Heigel, who would go on to star with many of the same actors in Knocked Up (2007).
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Haziz (Shelley Malil) says "dark and cloudy with a chance of drive-by" when referring to Jay arguing with an African-American Smart Tech Customer. In 2010, Malil was convicted of attempted murder.
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Cal wears a Nirvana - Nevermind t-Shirt in the bar.
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