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When Margaret and Walter are painting in front of the San Francisco palace of Fine Arts, the real Margaret Keane can be seen reading a book on the park bench behind them.
This is the first feature film directed by Tim Burton to not feature actors with whom he had previously worked. Though Batman was the first Burton film to feature a recurring actor in a major role his early films featured recurring actors in minor parts.
This is the first live action Tim Burton film to feature neither Johnny Depp nor Helena Bonham Carter since Mars Attacks! (1996).
The amount of sales of Margaret Keane Paintings soared ahead of the release of the film, with small paintings being sold for $8,500 a piece. Director Tim Burton also owns an extensive collection of her work. Keane has also painted portraits of Burton's partner Helena Bonham Carter and Burton's former Chihuahua.
Amy Adams liked the script when it was offered to her at first, but she originally turned down the role, because the character lacked "a stronger sense of self". However, working on American Hustle (2013) gave Adams a new perspective of the character, and she was won over because she was intrigued by the character's "quiet dignity", while the relationship between the mother and the daughter spoke to her as well.
The original script featured a scene in which Margaret attempts to teach Walter to paint, but the scene was cut before filming.
Keane became a Jehovah's witness after the events portrayed in the film.
Tim Burton and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel wanted to shoot on 35mm film, but due to budget restrictions and the Vancouver Deluxe laboratory closing in 2012, they had to shoot digitally.
Lana Del Rey recorded two songs for the soundtrack, making it her first collaboration with Tim Burton. However, earlier in the year she did a recording for Maleficent (2014), which originally was set to be directed by Burton as well.
Kate Hudson and Thomas Haden Church were previously attached to play the lead roles. They were replaced with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds. After a year in development, Witherspoon and Reynolds dropped out and Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz took the lead roles.
Amy Adams' Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Comedy or Musical for this film marks her second consecutive Golden Globe win in that category. Her first win was for American Hustle (2013).
The blue book the two Witnesses place with Ms. Keane and from which she reads later in the film is "The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life".
This was Tim Burton's second biopic. His previous biopic was Ed Wood (1994), which was released 20 years prior to this film. Both films were written by the duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
In 1998, cartoon series the Powerpuff Girls debuts by animator Craig McCracken, featuring leads based on Keane's "waifs" (and a character named "Ms. Keane").
Amy Adams replaced Reese Witherspoon in the lead female role. She previously replaced Witherspoon in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and The Master (2012).
This is Tim Burton's first live action film not to feature Helena Bonham Carter since they met on the set of Planet of the Apes (2001).
In the 1990s Tim Burton, a Keane artwork collector and later director of the film Big Eyes (about Keane), commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of his then-girlfriend Lisa Marie.
This is Tim Burton's first film since Edward Scissorhands (1990) not to be edited by Chris Lebenzon.
The UNICEF painting that Keane painted for the '64 Worlds Fair, titled Tomorrow Forever, was never actually mounted in the Hall of Education. Robert Moses, who had control over everything that was included in the fair, hated it. Once the NY Times critic Canady trashed it (after seeing a photograph of the artwork) Moses had it thrown into the garbage.
In the opening scenes of the film, Amy Adams character is seen driving her car on a winding road. It goes up a hill towards an obvious matte painting at the top (that doesn't exist in reality.) Within 20 seconds, she is shown driving down the very same "winding hill" that now has a new matte painting at its top, but with different added trees and shrubbery and is shot at a slightly different angle to create the illusion that this is a completely different place, but that she is still driving away from her original location.
Reese Witherspoon dropped out of this movie to do Wild (2014)
The production budget, according to the producers at the Los Angeles screening, was $60 million.
This is Tim Burton's first live-action film since Sleepy Hollow (1999) not to be produced by Richard D. Zanuck, who died in 2012.
The hungry i was one of San Francisco's most influential nightclubs in the 1950s. Originally located at 599 Jackson Street, the owner closed it in the mid-60s due to declining revenue. The rights to the name were purchased by a topless club on Broadway.
Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski was previously set to direct but Tim Burton has swapped places with Alexander and Karaszewski.
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A subtle Andy Warhol reference is included in the supermarket scene when Margaret picks up a Campbells soup can and adds it to her shopping cart.
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Amy Adams portrayed Lois Lane in the 2013 Man of Steel. Terence Stamp who portrays the New York Times art critic in Big Eyes had previously portrayed General Zod in 1980's Superman II.
The establishing shot of the courthouse shows the famous gold-leaf statue of Kamehameha the Great, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. The building behind the statue is Ali'iolani Hale ("House of the Heavenly King"), home of the Hawai'i State Supreme Court.
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When Margaret is upstairs painting alone in a small room, hiding her work from her daughter, Walter comes up and Margaret states she's a bit light headed from the turpentine. As she paints in acrylics and not oils (as is previously indicated in a prior scene) she wouldn't use turpentine as acrylics are water soluble. This mistake is repeated when Walter states "Keanes bleed oil" to a reporter.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The picture that Margaret paints in the courtroom as proof of her artistic authorship matches the one that was created by the real Margaret Keane for the same purpose.
When Margaret is in the supermarket, she takes the famous "Campbell Soup", subject of the most famous print by Andy Warhol, just before she recognizes that her art is being reproduced on posters and postcards.
Just as Margaret recognizes when she discovers that even his Paris paintings are fake, we never physically see Walter actually paint. The most we see is of him adding one or two brush strokes to one of Margaret's own works.
Walter's alter ego as S. Cenic actually describes the paintings he claimed as his own as "scenic."

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