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James McAvoy worked out to improve his physique for the film's action scenes, and suffered several injuries during shooting, including a twisted ankle and an injured knee.
James McAvoy screen-tested for the lead role in early 2006 but was initially rejected, as the studio wanted a more "conventional" leading man. He was later recalled when the producers decided that his character was more "the runt of the litter". The studio ultimately changed its mind and wanted someone geeky. McAvoy got the part.
While on location in Chicago, The Dark Knight (2008) was the neighboring film production, in which Morgan Freeman worked while shooting this film. On one occasion, Mark Millar, the creator, sneaked onto the neighboring set to see the Batpod - which was used for filming. He was evicted from the set when security and producer Lauren Shuler Donner (who visited the set as well) caught him in the act.
Originally a comic book by Top Cow Productions written by Mark Millar.
In the office at the end of the film a nameplate is visible on one of the cubicle walls. The nameplate reads "J.G Millar" which is a composite of writer Mark Millar and artist J.G. Jones, on whose comic the film is based.
Director Timur Bekmambetov is planning a sequel, though creator Mark Millar has denied that he will write one. He is instead creating a story along with the producers.
Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jada Pinkett Smith and Beyoncé Knowles were considered for the role of Fox.
This is director Timur Bekmambetov's first American film.
The graphic novel features superhero costumes worn by many characters but the film eliminates them, except the leather attire worn by Wesley and The Fox.
Angelina Jolie says she based her role on Clint Eastwood.
One of Cross' victims is identified by the Gunsmith as "Rictus". The main antagonist in the comic book is Mister Rictus.
Ryan Phillippe was attached to do the leading part, which went to James McAvoy.
In the office at the end of the film a photo of Angelina Jolie appears at the left of the computer screen which is a screenshot of her just before entering Wesley's room in the middle of the movie.
The first film to use Red Digital Cinema's Red One digital cameras. Several prototypes were used, alongside film cameras, to shoot about ten scenes. However, no Red One footage appears in the final cut of the film.
When Wesley smashes his keyboard into his best friend's head as he leaves the office, the letters that come flying off the keyboard towards the screen spell "FUCK YOU".
About 53 minutes into movie, Morgan Freeman's character decodes names from the woven fabric's yarn as strings of 0's and 1's. This is actually ASCII code used in computers and electronic data processing. In ASCII, capital 'A' is represented by numeric value 65, which is written in 8-bit binary number system 01000001, B has ASCII value 66, C has 67 and so on.
Danny Elfman was invited to do the score, and accepted because he was a fan of Timur Bekmambetov's previous films, Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006).
After Wesley leaves his job, you can see a sign for "Wicked: The Musical" in the background. Producer Marc Platt produced the Broadway show.
Screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas named several of the movie's characters after people from their college alma mater, Baylor University. Robert Darden, the name of Wesley's first target for assassination, is the writing professor in whose class they first met. (They have used the name Darden for the first victim in several other films, as well: 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)). Sloan, the character played by Morgan Freeman, is taken from the university's previous president, who was forced to step down under pressure from faculty and alumni.
The script went through several revisions with the most significant one being the third act that was rewritten by Chris Morgan in mid-2006. The first draft was rejected by Mark Millar because he felt the script was too tame and Americanized. Dean Georgaris also contributed a rewrite and tailored the role of The Fox specially for Angelina Jolie. Finally, original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt then put in the final rewrite to even out the voice of Wesley, which was established in the first draft.
Vehicles featured include a Dodge Viper SRT-10; 1966 Ford Mustang; Chevrolet Corvette [C4]; the police cars were Ford Crown Victorias and a 2000 Chevrolet Impala 9C1; elevated subway trains; garbage truck; a Chevrolet Step Van; an express train; and a 1971 VAZ 2101 Zhiguli.
Branko Tomovic auditioned for the part of The Repairman.
For the Russian dubbing, many Russian film stars from Night Watch (2004), Day Watch (2006) and Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie (2007) took part: Sergey Bezrukov for James McAvoy, Galina Tyunina for Angelina Jolie, Yuriy Kutsenko, Valeriy Zolotukhin and others. The Russian dubbing script was written by Sergey Lukyanenko.
The train is a Czech Railways 680 class "Pendolino", made by the French company Alstom.
The man pictured in the poster next to Cross's shoulder when he is on the train was the president of Czech Republic at the time, Václav Klaus.
Jessica Biel was considered to play Fox.
The man pictured in the poster next to Cross' shoulder when he is on the train is the president of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Angelina Jolie asked for Fox to get killed, reasoning that "if she was to find out she had killed people unjustly and was a part of something that wasn't fair, then she should take her own life".
At the beginning of the movie, Wesley walks outside his apartment and looks up to see Cross' home. To the left of the home is a telephone pole with a flyer that says "Your Father's" revealing that Cross is Wesley's real father.
At the end of the movie when Wesley backs the truck into the doors of the fraternity and the rats are crawling out, the letters on the ground spell out FATE.
In the final library scene, Fox decides to follow the code, and the bullet she shoots has the word 'Goodbye' engraved on it. You can see the word clearly just prior to it entering the first assassin's head.

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