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In real life, Mike Tyson owns seven tigers.
Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis's songs ("Stu's Song" and "Three Best Friends", respectively) were improvised.
When the cop car pulls up in front of Caesar's Palace, two real employees are actually having an argument in the background about the filming of the movie.
No effects or prosthetics were created for Stu's missing tooth. Actor Ed Helms never had an adult incisor grow, and his fake incisor was taken out for the parts of filming where Stu's tooth is missing.
An actual taser was originally going to be used in the taser scene, but lawyers from Warner Bros. demanded that the crew use a prop.
Highest grossing R-rated comedy in the U.S. to its release date.
Jack Black turned down the role of Alan Garner and Jonah Hill, Jake Gyllenhaal and Thomas Haden Church were considered for the role before it was substantially rewritten during development.
Ironically, Bradley Cooper is a teetotaler in real life. He quit drinking at age 29.
Plans for a sequel (which became The Hangover Part II (2011)) had already been made before this film was even in theaters.
Lindsay Lohan was offered the part of the stripper, Jade, but turned it down. She did not like the script and thought the movie would bomb. Heather Graham was given the role instead. Lohan later admitted to regretting the decision.
During filming in Las Vegas, one of the Mercedes (a very beat up and distinctive one) was stolen from the lot where the vehicles were being kept. The next day the production was filming driving sequences and traffic was being held up by the local police. A production person noticed that a very distinctive Mercedes was part of the cars being held, the police were told, the driver was arrested and the car was recovered.
Paul Rudd turned down the role of Phil Wenneck.
Three sets of twins and a dummy were used to portray the baby.
According to Celena Haas (Caesars Palace Director of Public Relations), the suite the characters stayed at was modeled after two of the resort's luxurious suites in its Forum Tower: a well-appointed penthouse and the so-called "Rain Man (1988) suite," located on the 68th and 69th floors of the Forum Tower.
Todd Phillips waived his usual salary and received part ownership of the film instead. In an interview with Howard Stern, Phillips said that due to the film's box-office success "this is [his] Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)."
One of the songs from the movie is "Can't Tell Me Nothing" by Kanye West. One of the stars, Zach Galifianakis was actually paid by West to make an alternative music video for the song.
Bradley Cooper and Justin Bartha's third film together, after Failure to Launch (2006) and New York, I Love You (2008).
Due to the physicality of his role, Ed Helms lost a reported 8lbs in weight.
Ed Helms (Stu), Rachael Harris (Melissa), Rob Riggle (Officer Franklin) and Matt Walsh (Dr. Valsh) all appeared as correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996).
The song that plays during the scene in which Neeco the tuxedo deliveryman tosses the guys' rented tuxedos into their speeding car is "Ride the Sky II" by Revolution Mother. Neeco is played by Mike Vallely, Revolution Mother's lead singer.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the 'most liked' unmade scripts of the year.
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As a tribute to the film, Rascal Flatts took to Vegas to film their video for "Why Wait," which features cameos from Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson and Wayne Newton.
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Actor Trademark 

Zach Galifianakis:  [Chuck E. Cheese]  Alan makes a joke about him not being allowed near schools or a Chuck E. Cheese, a direct reference to one of his staple jokes in his stand up: "When you look like I do, it's hard to get a table for one at Chuck E. Cheese."


Lucinda Jenney:  at the casino, playing the same character she played in Rain Man (1988).

Director Cameo 

Todd Phillips:  A guy making out with a woman in an elevator at the hotel.

Director Trademark 

Todd Phillips:  [band]  The foul-mouthed band featured near the end of the movie is the "Dan Band", the same band from Frank's wedding in the movie Old School (2003) and Vince Vaughn's daughters' Bat Mitzvah in Starsky & Hutch (2004).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Bradley Cooper, while giving a speech at a Toronto screening: "the people in Las Vegas never even noticed [a] movie was being filmed." He said that he had tiger scratches on his neck, all bloodied, and Justin Bartha was beet red, and nobody noticed, or even stopped to double-take.
In the DVD Commentary, Todd Phillips states that a possible explanation for the chicken in the room is that the guys intended to feed it to the Tiger.
Ken Jeong improvised the nudity in the scene where he jumps out naked from the trunk. Originally his character was meant to have clothes on, but Ken suggested that his character be naked instead. Later, director Todd Phillips gave Ken a nudity waiver slip to sign in case Ken changed his mind on the nude scene.
In the MPAA green-band trailer, Ken Jeong is wearing digitally-added underpants when he jumps out of the trunk, and Bradley Cooper says "paging Dr. Douchebag" to Ed Helms instead of "paging Dr. Faggot".
The escalator scene in the casino is a tribute to the movie Rain Man. Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper have to win $80,000 in order to pay back Ken Jeong's character. This is also the amount needed to win by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in Rain Man.
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The same scene is shown at the beginning and end

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