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Bob Dylan was such a big fan of the film that he arranged to have the two leads, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, open for him on part of his world tour. Hansard and Irglová also covered Dylan's song "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the I'm Not There. (2007).
During the filming of the opening scene, because the scene was shot with long lenses placing the crew far away, and without informing the public, who would be crossing through the scene, a bystander attempting to be a hero accidentally injured the thief as he was running away by kneeing him in the groin.
Steven Spielberg was a big fan of the film. He said "A little movie called Once (2007) gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year".
The lead role was originally intended for Cillian Murphy. He turned it down however because he was unsure about acting opposite a non-professional like Markéta Irglová (who was only 17 at the time) and also because he wasn't convinced his singing would do justice to Glen Hansard's songs. When Murphy pulled out, so did most of the money.
The title refers to the many very talented artists that John Carney knew who put off their career by saying "once" they get this and that sorted out, but never succeed because they've put it off too long. This describes the lead character, The Guy.
The flashback footage of Guy's girlfriend is actually that of director John Carney's girlfriend.
Markéta Irglová had to get permission from her school in the Czech Republic to take time off to make the film.
John Carney wrote the outline for the film in five minutes in a Dublin café in 2004, when he was missing his girlfriend who had taken an acting job in London.
The most expensive part of the entire shoot was the hiring of the crane for the final sweeping shot which cost £2,500.
After filming "Falling Slowly", Glen Hansard jokingly said "and the Oscar for Best Song goes to..." He proved to be highly prophetic.
Both Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová have stated that they're unlikely to ever act again and will concentrate on music.
The original plan was that the film was going to be sold to fans on DVD at gigs.
The song "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" was filmed during a spontaneous moment during filming. It was never meant to make it into the film but the director liked it so much he kept it in much to the amusement of Glen Hansard who plays "The Guy".
For the party scene, Markéta Irglová made all the food.
The Dublin street scenes were recorded without permits so a long lens was used. Many passers-by didn't even realize that they were being filmed. The long lens also helped the non-professional actors relax and forget that they were on camera.
John Carney put up some of his own money to make the film, giving his salary to the two stars and promising a back-end share to his cast and crew should the film prove successful.
John Carney was previously a member of The Frames, the band led by Glen Hansard.
When John Carney asked Glen Hansard to take on the lead, the singer was initially reluctant as he'd never done much in the way of acting, aside from one small supporting role in The Commitments (1991). He changed his mind when Carney assured him that the film would be low budget and very intimate.
The song "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" was improvised whilst filming on a bus and elicited much laughter from the fellow passengers.
Money was saved by shooting with only natural light and at friends' houses.
Spent years in development with the Irish Film Board. During some of this time, the board had no chief executive for about six months and it was then that the film was given the go-ahead by a lower level executive on the proviso that the film be made for 150,000 euros.
Shot in 17 days.
In 2008, the film placed 3rd on Entertainment Weekly's "25 Best Romantic Movies of the Past 25 Years".
Glen Hansard's mother plays a cameo as one of the singers during the party.
On 18 March 2012, a musical adaptation of the movie premiered at New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre featuring leads Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in the roles originated by the Oscar-winning couple Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Stage direction by John Tiffany. Winner of 8 Tony Awards of its 11 nominations.
The story is partially autobiographical as John Carney lived in Dublin and maintained a long distance relationship with his girlfriend living in London
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová would reprise their roles in The Simpsons (1989) episode 'In the Name of the Grandfather'.
Lasted longer in the US top 30 box office list than Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Shrek the Third (2007).
"Falling Slowly" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song on 24 February 2008, beating out the choral gospel song "Raise It Up" from August Rush and three songs from the modern Disney musical Enchanted. The win marked the fourth year in a row that the Oscar-winning song had not been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Earlier the song's eligibility for an Oscar was in dispute because it had been performed and recorded prior to the release of Once.[4] The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled, however, that because the song had been written and composed for the movie, and because the prior public exposure during the long period that the movie took to produce had been minimal, it remained eligible. The Academy had ruled likewise on a similar controversy involving 2004 Best Original Song nominee "In the Deep." According to the Academy rules, that song was disqualified because there was some dispute over whether or not it was written originally for the film.
The "look" of Dublin in the film is a call-back to John Carney's and Glen Hansard's recollection of Dublin 10-15 years prior to the film's making - a more working class city.
The director and cast were suffering from South Park (1997) withdrawal during filming and thus one of the characters, a session musician, was named "Timmy" - this is obvious as they depart the studio.
In Glen Hansard's last scene in his previous movie The Commitments (1991) he is seen busking in the streets of Dublin. In the opening scene of Once he is seen busking in the streets of Dublin.
John Carney's first draft of the screenplay was only 60 pages long.
Cillian Murphy was, at one stage cast in the lead role, but pulled out.
To cut costs of the film many parts were recorded at cast members houses. The party scene was filmed at Glen Hansards own flat. During the scene there is a cameo from Glens own mother (the first woman to sing)
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The featured motorcycle is a 1966 650cc Triumph 6T Thunderbird, the same model as Marlon Brando's motorcycle in The Wild One (1953).
Number 1 on Michael Phillips and Nathan Rabin's lists, from The Chicago Tribune and The A.V. Club, respectively, of the 10 best movies of 2006.
There's an unconfirmed fan theory that the unnamed character "Guy" in "Once", may actually be the same character as "Outspan Foster" that Glen Hansard earlier played in Alan Parker's version of "The Commitments". This plausible theory is based upon Glen Hansard's last scene in The Commitments (1991) where he is seen busking in the streets of Dublin. In the opening scene of Once he is also seen busking in the streets of Dublin. Using movie logic, it can legitimately be implied it is the same character, as its a massive coincidence otherwise.
Number 8 on Owen Gleiberman's Entertainment Weekly Magazine list of his 10 best movies of 2006.
Number 3 on Christy Lemire's Associated Press list of top 10 movies of 2006.
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The duo went on to play the Royal Albert Hall where they were joined onstage by 'The Dubliners' fiddle player
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This movie led to the successful Broadway adaptation of Once starring Cristin Milioti and Steve Kazee which had successful runs on Broadway and the West End
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Number 9 on Richard Roeper's program At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper on his top 10 best movies of 2006.
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After Kris Allen's performance of "Falling Slowly" on American Idol, the song went from the 33rd most popular and downloaded song on iTunes to the 29th most popular and downloaded song. Though Allen's appearance was not one of American Idol judge Randy Jackson's favorite performances, it clearly moved the live studio audience before whom the installment of the show was being taped.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

There is a moment when the guy asks the girl whether she loves her husband. She responds, "No. I love you." However, her response is in unsubtitled Czech, so the man does not understand her - nor do audience members who don't know the language.

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