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The 'God particle' referred to in the movie is the Higgs-Boson particle, theorized in 1963-64. The LHC in Geneva is indeed seeking out the nature of this particle, which is claimed to give mass to all matter in the universe.
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During filming in Rome, the crew and equipment were blocking the passage of a bridal party on its way to the church for a wedding. Upon discovering this situation, Tom Hanks personally escorted the party through the filming area and rallied the crew to remove the obstacles in the way. After the bride was delivered to the church (on time), her grateful family invited Hanks and director Ron Howard to stay for the wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, Hanks and Howard's busy filming schedule prevented them from accepting the offer.
Crew members visited Vatican City as tourists and extensively photographed the city to capture as much detail as possible, knowing they were unlikely to be allowed to film there, so that they could recreate the sets as faithfully as possible.
Although the novel, upon which this film is based, is set before the events of the novel "The Da Vinci Code", the film has been written as a sequel to The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Camerlengo Patrick McKenna. He declined, despite being offered the role personally by Tom Hanks.
Ewan McGregor suggested to Ron Howard that he could do the sequence where the Camerlengo tells the Cardinals about the Illuminati entirely without breaking it into several segments, as he felt that he could pull it off, having known all of his lines. Howard agreed to his suggestion and proceeded to film it. The take was very good, much to the applause of everyone, that it was the only shot taken, and used in the final film.
Ewan McGregor's character in the book was an Italian named Carlo Ventresca. The name was changed to Camerlengo Patrick McKenna for the movie to reflect McGregor's obvious lack of Italian heritage.
Tom Hanks underwent strenuous training for Langdon's introductory scene in the pool.
Several cameos can be seen in the movie. A photo of Sophie Neveu (played by Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci Code (2006)) stands on a shelf at Langdon's house. Ron Howard's wife, Cheryl Howard, plays a CERN scientist and his father Rance Howard plays a Cardinal.
Ron Howard has said in interviews that he plans on completing a Robert Langdon trilogy, by filming the next story in the series, "The Lost Symbol." For unknown reasons, The Lost Symbol was scrapped during pre-production, and Sony decided to adapt the fourth book, 'Inferno' that had been released in the meanwhile. Inferno (2016) was released in October 2016.
In the previous film, Langdon remarks to Sophie Neuveu that perhaps she cured his claustrophobia by laying her hands upon him. It appears that she did so indeed, as in this movie Langdon is twice confined in a small, glass room with poor ventilation and seems un-fazed. He also seems fine when he needs to squeeze through a small alley between two very close walls in his search for the bomb. However, in the sequel Inferno (2016), there's a scene where Robert mentions that he is claustrophobic.
The production had to build a scale replica of St. Peter's Square since Vatican officers banned the movie from being filmed in its grounds.
As well as providing the voice over for the film's teaser trailer (using an American accent), Alfred Molina (who played Aringarosa in the previous movie The Da Vinci Code (2006)) provides the opening voice over for Angels & Demons (2009), this time in his native English accent.
Thure Lindhardt was nearly cast as Silas in The Da Vinci Code (2006). Ron Howard liked his audition so much that he offered him the role of Chartrand in this movie.
Tom Hanks' first live action sequel. Inferno (2016), the third movie in the Robert Langdon series, would be his next.
When Langdon is in his office speaking with the Vatican employee, you can see a "Phillips Exeter Academy" flag on the wall. Phillips Exeter is the school where Angels & Demons author Dan Brown taught and once attended, located in New Hampshire, and where Langdon is written to have attended in the novels.
Clint Eastwood expressed interest in directing the film, but Ron Howard was contractually obligated to it, because of his contract from The Da Vinci Code (2006).
The final piece before the end credits is Dr. Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna: Introitus" - Dr. Lauridsen has never before allowed this piece to be used in a movie, due to the context being inappropriate to his meaning behind the piece.
The dead Pope's name is Pius XVI. This can be seen on the ring being destroyed by the Camerlengo.
This movie became the first big-screen casualty of the Hollywood writer's strike in 2007, because Akiva Goldsman's script still needed work, and he was on strike with the Writers Guild of America. So, production of the movie had to be postponed.
Many of the sets were a combination of physical set pieces and green screens with the backgrounds to be digitally added later. This technique was used for scenes that the crew was unable to film at either due to the volume of tourists, or because the Church denied them permission.
When the camera pans around the heads of the apostles in St. Peter's Square, one of the apostles looks very much like Ron Howard.
Naomi Watts was originally cast as Vittoria.
At the very beginning, where the Columbia Pictures girl is standing, holding aloft the torch, it flickers like the anti-matter.
Ayelet Zurer didn't read the book till after finishing on the film. She felt her portrayal was identical to Brown's character.
Five minutes were cut after the film received an R rating.
Akiva Goldsman was paid a record writing fee of 3.8 million dollars for this movie.
The set for St. Peter's Square was re-dressed to serve as the Piazza Navona, home of the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
The name for Vittoria Vetra was based on sixties model/actress Victoria Vetri.
Ron Howard took a break during preproduction on this film to work on Frost/Nixon (2008).
As with the other two films in the trilogy, author Dan Brown named main character Robert Langdon after John Langdon, a close friend and typography master who worked with Brown on ambigram designs for his book, "Angels & Demons", as well as the films. John Langdon also designed an ambigram that was used in the movie Monkeyshine (2008).
The papal helicopter is a Bell 222, the type formerly of Airwolf (1984) fame.
Tom Hanks hired David Koepp for rewrites.
Remo Vinzens was in negotiations to play Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca.
The theme "Chevaliers De Sangreal" by Hans Zimmer, in The Da Vinci Code (2006) was used again in the film now called "503" and later it was re-used in Inferno (2016) now called "Life Must Have Its Own Mysteries". Hans Zimmer composer of the three films, called it as the official Robert Langdon theme.
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Hans Zimmer's end credits track, "160 BPM", is based on his music from First Born (1988).
In every movie the girl that accompanies Robert has a different nationality, in The Da Vinci Code, Sophie is French, in this film Vittoria is Italian and in Inferno, Sienna is English.
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In the novel, Langdon and Vittoria have a romantic relationship. This is dispensed with, in the film.
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Thure Lindhardt (Chartrand) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (the Assassin) have both played detectives in the third season of a very popular Scandinavian crime series: Lindhardt in Bron/Broen (2011), and Kaas in Forbrydelsen (2007).
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Ewan McGregor portrays Camerlengo Patrick McKenna with an (decent enough) Irish accent. He had also used an Irish accent when he took the role of James Joyce in "Nora".
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Shot under the fake working title of "Obelisk".
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Only film in the trilogy, where Robert is not pursued by the police or a company. In The Da Vinci Code (2006) he is pursued by Captain Fache for being a murder suspect, and in Inferno (2016) he is pursued by the World Health Organization and the Consortium, trying to find a virus that may cause a plague.
In the original novel, it is revealed that the Camerlengo killed the Pope because the latter admitted to having fathered a child. It is subsequently revealed that the child in question, born through artificial insemination, is in fact the Camerlengo. This subplot was omitted from the film, but it's hinted at when the Camerlengo describes the late Pope as a father figure.
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