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Dolph Lundgren has an uncredited (initially much longer and almost entirely deleted) cameo as the submarine captain. Lundgren said that he was very honored to play the part, having never expected to be asked for a film directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
The fictional film studio "Capitol Pictures" previously appeared in Barton Fink (1991), another Los Angeles period film from the Coen Brothers. Eddie Mannix's secretary mentions that his meeting with the four religious leaders takes place in the "Wallace Beery Conference Room." In the previous film, Barton Fink was a screenwriter who was writing a script for Capitol Pictures, for a wrestling movie starring real-life actor Wallace Beery.
For his role as Hobie Doyle, Alden Ehrenreich learned horseback riding, rope tricks, twirling guns and playing the guitar. He has stated twirling the spaghetti, mimicking the lasso, was the hardest part of his role.
The Coen Brothers considered casting 100-year old character actor Norman Lloyd as Herbert Marcuse, but changed their mind due to a scene in which he would have to appear on a boat in rocking water.
The real Eddie Mannix died in 1963. Robert Taylor and James Stewart were among his pallbearers.
Professor Marcuse is a reference to Herbert Marcuse, a Marxist theoretician of the Frankfurter Schule, who was active at that time.
This film will mark Frances McDormand's eighth collaboration with the Coen brothers. Frances is also the wife of Joel Coen.
Carlotta Valdes, Hobie Doyle's date, is also the name of a mysterious character from the 1800s in Vertigo (1958).
The first film that cinematographer Roger Deakins has shot for directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and on 35mm film, since True Grit (2010). He had previously become an advocate of shooting digitally, and used Arri Alexa cameras on his next five films, but switched back to film for this because the Coens dislike digital cameras and thought that shooting on film suited a period piece set in 1950's Hollywood.
The singing voice of Hobie Doyle was provided by folk singer Willie Watson.
The Lockheed recruiter tells Eddie the Bikini Atoll test occurred 3 weeks earlier, which places the movie in March 1954 -- but the "copyright notice" shown in one of the pictures includes the Roman numeral for 1951.
Josh Brolin played Eddie Mannix in this film whereas his then wife Diane Lane played Mannix's wife Toni Mannix in Hollywoodland (2006).
Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is never seen without his Roman regalia costume.
Apart from a silhouette, Dolph Lundgren's part has been cut for time reasons (said Ethan Coen at the Berlin Film Festival).
Costume designer Mary Zophres cited the work of mid-century couturier Charles James as her influence on the large, architectural ballgowns that appear in the 'Merrily We Dance' scenes.
For his role as a Swedish director, Christopher Lambert worked with a dialogue coach who told the actor that no one knows what a Swedish accent really sounds like. Instead, Lambert was instructed to blend his French accent with a German accent.
Selected as the opening film of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
While Hobie is having dinner with Carlotta, he starts using a spaghetti noodle as a lasso to entertain her. This is a nod to spaghetti westerns.
Engel, the communists' dog, is a reference to Friedrich Engels, a friend of Karl Marx. They co-founded the Marxist Theory.
This marks the fifth collaboration between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill after 21 Jump Street (2012), This Is the End (2013), The Lego Movie (2014) and 22 Jump Street (2014), although the two appear in no scenes together.
Jonah Hill had previously stated in Superbad (2007) he did not have the luxury of the Coen Brothers, his favourite directors, directing the pornographic videos he viewed. This is his first time working with the Coen brothers.
This is George Clooney's fourth film collaboration with Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. They previously worked together on O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Burn After Reading (2008).
Josh Brolin and Christopher Lambert previously appeared in The Road Killers (1994) together. After production ended, Lambert and his wife, Diane Lane, divorced and she went on to marry Brolin in 2004, but the two divorced before production began on Hail, Caesar! (2016).
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Fisher Stevens, and Tilda Swinton, and three Oscar nominees: Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes.
The photo that the Lockheed recruiter shows Eddie at his lunch meeting is correctly stated by the character to be a picture of the Bikini Atoll nuclear test. However, that exact photo was taken of an atomic (not thermonuclear) test called "Baker" from Operation Crossroads on July 1946, where the bomb was suspended underneath a landing craft and surrounded by 10 other ships.
This is Josh Brolin's third film collaboration with Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. They previously worked together on No Country for Old Men (2007) and True Grit (2010).
Bob Hoskins previously portrayed Mannix in Hollywoodland (2006).
Cast and crew of 'James Franco''s TV pilot L.A. Series (2016) were shuttled to and from The Lot sound stages during the simultaneous filming of the Hail, Caesar! (2016) movie.
During shooting, Terrence Malick showed up unannounced and uninvited on the set of the film. Then he and the Coens had lunch together.
This is the Coen brothers' first film in which the cast is billed alphabetically in the main credits.
(In joke) The maid in Malibu is using a hoover vacuum. J. Edgar Hoover was famously the scourge of US Communists.
This is the third movie in which Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes appeared together. The previous are The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and A Bigger Splash (2015).
This will be Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown second film collaboration as they previously starred in Highlander (1986). However, they don't share a scene in the movie.
At one point the Hearst syndicate is mentioned. This is a reference to William Randolph Hearst, the real life inspiration for Citizen Kane (1941).
Forms the conclusion of the Coen Brothers' unofficial Idiots series, which includes "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "Intolerable Cruelty," and "Burn After Reading."
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This is the third movie in which George Clooney and Tilda Swinton appear together, although they don't share a scene. They previously collaborated in Michael Clayton (2007) and Burn After Reading (2008).
This is the fifth movie featuring Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon. They previously appeared together in four of the Harry Potter films. However, in this film, Michael Gambon doesn't appear on screen; he only narrates.
George Clooney's character Baird Whitlock tells a story about Danny Kaye, Danny Kaye co-starred in White Christmas along with Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney's aunt.
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The security guard at the front gate of Capitol Pictures is called Scotty. This is the same name as the studio gate guard in Sunset Boulevard.
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Ralph Fiennes's first film was Great Performances: A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992), in which he played T.E. Lawrence. George Clooney's uncle, José Ferrer, appeared in Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Clancy Brown and Christopher Lambert had previously worked together in Highlander
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Most of the characters are inspired by real people:

-Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), is based on real E.J. Mannix, a longtime producer for MGM and a fixer specialized in disguising any scandal that could ruin a movie production or the character or reputation of an actor.

-Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is based on three Hollywood legends: Robert Taylor, Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas, who previously starred in the historical movies Quo Vadis (1951), Ben-Hur (1959) and Spartacus (1960), respectively.

-DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) is based on Esther Williams. Her plot about a baby belongs to Loretta Young.

-Burt Gurney (Channing Tatum), is based on Gene Kelly.

-Sisters Thora and Thesaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton) are based on Hollywood reporter Hedda Hopper. And the theme of sibling rivalry is reminiscent of longtime columnists and real-life twin sisters Ann Landers (Pauline "Eppie" Friedman Lederer) and Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Friedman Phillips).

-Carlota Valdez (Veronica Osorio) is based on Carmen Miranda.

-Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) is actually based on four classic cowboy actors: Howard Keel, Dick Foran, James Ellison and Tim Holt.

-Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) is based on Vincente Minnelli.

-C.C. Calhoun (Frances McDormand) is based on the longtime editor Margaret Booth.
The big secret about Baird Whitlock, which the Thacker sisters each threaten to reveal to their respective gossip columns, is likely based on a long-established rumor regarding Gone with the Wind (1939). Reportedly, Clark Gable insisted that original director George Cukor be replaced because Gable had, years earlier, engaged in a sexual liaison with the influential director as a way to further his own career.
Hail, Caesar!", the film-within-the-film, pays several tributes to Ben-Hur (1959), including the matching subtitle "A Tale of the Christ" and a scene wherein a Roman general portrayed by Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) becomes speechless upon encountering Jesus Christ.
Scarlett Johansson's character discovers that she is pregnant as her film is about to go into production. In real life, Johansson became pregnant a few weeks before Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) started production.
In this film, the briefcase with the ransom money is ultimately lost at sea. Another film by the Coens, Fargo (1996), also features a briefcase with ransom money being lost. The Big Lebowski also features a briefcase with what was assumed to contain ransom money being lost.
Despite prominent billing, Jonah Hill only has three minutes of screen-time

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