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The watch Emile Hirsch wears in the movie is Christopher Johnson McCandless' real life watch, given to him as a present.
No stunt-men or doubles were used for Emile Hirsch, including the scenes where Chris goes through river rapids, confronts a grizzly bear or rock-climbs.
The temperature outdoors was at freezing when Emile Hirsch performed the naked back float down the stream.
Emile Hirsch lost 40 pounds to play his role.
Sean Penn waited 10 years to make the film to make sure he had the approval from the McCandless family.
Jim Gallien, the Alaskan who gave Chris the rubber boots in the opening scene, plays himself.
Zach Galifianakis was told to improvise all his lines, as his character didn't have any in the original script.
When Sean Penn asked Eddie Vedder to do the soundtrack, he agreed on the spot, before he knew anything about the film.
The production made four separate trips to Alaska, to film during different seasons.
According to the DVD commentary, the moose Christopher killed in the film was actually road kill found on a highway.
Sean Penn once envisioned Leonardo DiCaprio as Christopher Johnson McCandless and Marlon Brando as Ron Franz when he first became interested in making the film.
Kristen Stewart co-wrote one of the songs her character Tracy Tatro sang in the film ("Tracy's Song").
Brian H. Dierker was originally hired as the technical consultant for the white-water rafting scenes. Sean Penn cast him as Rainey after Emile Hirsch suggested him for the role.
Zach Galifianakis is a tobacco chewer in real life. He was offered the chance to fake it by chewing prunes but he insisted on chewing real tobacco for his character.
Sean Penn needed wolves during production, and even rented some from an agency. Penn played "kissy face" with several of the wolves before, during, and after production. He spent hours feeding, playing with, and petting them. Several of the wolves are still alive, and on display at Wolf Country USA in Palmer, AK.
Based on the true story of Chris McCandless
Kristen Stewart performed "Blackbird" by The Beatles during her audition for the role of Tracy Tatro.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Shia LaBeouf was considered for the lead role.
In the film, Christopher works at a Burger King. In the book, he is said to have worked at McDonald's.
Daveigh Chase, Amber Heard and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for the role of Tracy but lost to Kristen Stewart.
Emile wrote in the journal left-handed.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The note that Christopher Johnson McCandless tacked to the bus actually said, "S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless. August?" The note shown in the film was a page from one of his "journals."
Shot on location, except for the bus scenes. According to Sean Penn they abandoned the idea of shooting at the real bus out of respect for Christopher and the McCandless family. Instead, they built a set in the wilderness, with an exact replica of the real bus.
Since the book was released, hundreds (if not thousands) of fans have made their way to the site where McCandless died and not all of them have survived. On 14th August 2010, a Swiss national 29-year-old Claire Jane Ackermann attempted to cross the Teklanika River with a 27-year-old man, they lost their footing and were pulled under by the current. The man survived. Around the same time two years later, another young fan from Oklahoma, Jonathan Croom, went missing for some time before his dead body was found in the mountains of Oregon. His father later stated that Jonathan had very limited camping experience before he embarked on this treacherous journey. Another McCandless fan from Oklahoma, 19 year old Dustin Self, also went missing in March 2013 and his dead body was found on 7th October 2014. His last communication was with his father and ex-girlfriend when he called to tell them he was lost in a remote area of the southern part of the county.
Though the book on McCandless's life and the movie it spawned were sympathetic to the whole situation, many Alaskans believe that he was foolish to embark on such a lifestyle without the appropriate skills or equipment, such as a map or compass. Alaskan Park Ranger Peter Christian has said, "When you consider McCandless from my perspective, you quickly see that what he did wasn't even particularly daring, just stupid, tragic, and inconsiderate. First off, he spent very little time learning how to actually live in the wild. He arrived at the Stampede Trail without even a map of the area. If he had a good map he could have walked out of his predicament. Essentially, Chris McCandless committed suicide."
In the film, Chris dies from mixing up two very similar types of plants: one edible and one poisonous. In the final edition of the book, Into the Wild, John Krakauer explains that although this was the original belief behind Chris' death, he has found evidence that strongly supports that Chris knew the difference between the two plants, and instead starved due to eating a deadly mold that had grown on the plant.

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