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(2006)

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Harvey Stephens, who portrayed Damien in The Omen (1976), appears in this remake as the tabloid reporter who asks Robert Thorn if the deceased nanny "was on drugs".
During filming, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick was never told that his character was supposed to be the son of the Devil; co-star Julia Stiles has commented that it was because the filmmakers thought "he was too young to understand it, but he was really obedient when John asked him for the Damien face."
The film was released to coincide with the date 06/06/06 in order to spark interest and gain publicity.
The role of Katherine Thorn was originally offered to Rachel Weisz who declined because she was pregnant at the time. Other actresses considered for the part were Laura Linney, Hope Davis and Alicia Witt, before Julia Stiles who finally got the part. Stiles and Mia Farrow were both in a play together, and Stiles suggested to director John Moore that they use Farrow for the role of Mrs. Blaylock (Damien's nurse). Initially Moore didn't think that Farrow would accept the role, but Stiles convinced him she would. Eventually he just rang up Farrow at her home and offered her the part.
The studio originally wanted the film to receive a PG-13 rating but John Moore insisted on an R-rating, suggesting people would "smell a cop-out" if a remake of The Omen (1976) was to receive a family friendly certificate.
In Damien's bedroom, the wallpaper is a floral vine design curved in such a way as to make a wall of sixes.
The movie was released on the 30th anniversary of the original.
The teaser trailer was actually Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick's screen test.
The text of the newspaper announcement of Thorn's appointment reads: TOP JOB FOR US PRESIDENT'S GODSON 34 Year old is USA's Youngest Ambassador LONDON - Robert Wade Thorn has been appointed by the White House as the new ambassador to the Court of Saint James. Thorn, at 34 years old, is the youngest appointee in the history of the US. The post became available to Mr. Thorn following the tragic death last month of his predecessor and former boss, US Ambassador to Italy, Mr Stephen Haines. Haines had been named as the new UK Ambassador and was due to take up the post this week when he was killed in a bizarre traffic accident in Rome city center on May 14. Thorn, a Connecticut native, and constant fixture on the Washington DC "rising star" list has often been regarded as a close confidante of the US President's inner circle..." (The text repeats at least three times within the article.)
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The day after they filmed the scene where Robert cuts his son's hair to reveal the birthmark, the entire scene was completely destroyed.
Pierce Brosnan and Jim Carrey were both considered for the role of Robert Thorn.
Throughout the movie, director John Moore uses the color red to signal a supernatural event, much like 'M. Night Shyamalan' (although more proliferative) in The Sixth Sense (1999).
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James Nesbitt was originally up for the role of Jennings until the director eventually went for David Thewlis.
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The opera "Salome" by Richard Strauss, is about the step-daughter and niece of King Herod. Herod, desiring Salome, asks her to do the dance of the seven veils in exchange for her heart's desire. Salome agrees, but after the dance requests the head of John the Baptist on a platter. She receives the head, but Herod, frightened and superstitious, orders Salome to be killed.
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This movie has a link to Harry Potter reconnecting David Thewlis (Professor Lupin) and Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore)
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Second remake in two years for Liev Schreiber after 'The Manchurian Candidate (2004)'.
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At 44min 20secs, the meeting under the "Orange Yard W1" bridge was filmed on the North side of the Charles Bridge in Pague. Exact address for the camera location is 7 Na Kampe, Prague. Llooking to the South.
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Roger Ebert, one of the top critics at the time, gave this ***, a higher rating than he gave the original.
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Harvey Stevens, the Damien from the 1976 film, makes a cameo appearance in this movie as a reporter
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The telescope at the start of the film is a double refractor by Zeiss, at the Stefánik Observatory in central Prague.
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Julia Stiles was born in 1981,the same year that Omen III The Final Conflict (1981) came out.
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According to the newspaper account shown in the film, Robert Thorn's middle name is Wade and he is a native of Connecticut.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mia Farrow's death kiss (to Julia Stiles) wasn't scripted and no one knew she was going to do it.
Julia Stiles did her own stunt when she fell to the floor (when Damien tries to kill his mother). The flooring for that scene was specially built and padded so that she could safely do the fall.
The death of Mrs. Baylock by having Robert hit her with his car was originally scripted and filmed in The Omen (1976), but scrapped by director Richard Donner for being excessive.
A curiosity here has Mia Farrow playing nanny to devil child Damien, when she'd previously played the "mother" of a devil child in Rosemary's Baby (1968).

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