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Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve had such a great time doing Enemy (2013) that Villeneuve cast him for this movie without any audition.
The first time it was submitted to the MPAA, it received an NC-17 rating, due to its tone and subject matter. The film's torture scenes were later cut by a couple of frames, along with scenes suggesting pedophilia, and it then received the R-rating.
Paul Dano admits to being attracted to roles of this nature (learning difficulties, screaming, nonsensical ranting) and says he draws on his own personal and private experiences to perfect these recurring roles.
For the hammer scene, Hugh Jackman was asked by Denis Villeneuve to be completely ferocious for the next take. That take was used in the final film.
Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is clearly visible in many scenes wearing a Freemasons ring on his left hand.
To play Holly Jones, Melissa Leo wore a grey wig and a foam rubber posterior prepared by Costume Designer Renée April in order to "ground" her character. Leo also requested the props assistants to avoid cleaning her glasses after each day's shooting.
In this film, a detective named Loki obsessively tries to find two kidnapped children. In Norse Mythology there is a tale (Loka Táttur) where the god Loki persistently tries to protect a child from a giant named Skrymir after Odin and Hönir had tried, and given up on the task.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were set to star, with Bryan Singer directing, but the two actors opted to make The Fighter (2010) instead.
According to Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, the original cut of the film was three hours.
The name of Alex Jones' aunt is Holly Jones. Holly Jones is also the name of a ten-year old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in Toronto in 2003.
Hugh Jackman portrays a father whose daughter is kidnapped and missing in this film. He was originally attached to play a similar role in The Lovely Bones (2009), but dropped out. That role was filled by Mark Wahlberg, who at one point was attached to play the lead role in this film.
Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to the project for a long time, but he dropped out.
After filming had been completed, the costume and prop departments donated all of the clothing and props to Fodac Thrift Store in Tucker, Georgia.
Hugh Jackman was attached to the project with Antoine Fuqua directing. Both dropped out. After several years in development, Jackman returned in the lead role.
When detective Loki is looking through the notebook he finds at Bob Taylor's, the last page you see has a character drawn on it that looks a lot like the rabbit from Jake Gyllenhaal's movie Donnie Darko (2001).
The byline of one of the newspaper articles shown in the film is "Aaron Guzikowski", the film's Screenwriter.
There are no opening credits, just the title of the movie.
Detective Loki's cards reveal his full name to be David Wayne Loki.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Melissa Leo and Viola Davis; and three Oscar nominees: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Terrence Howard.
Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) has zodiacal sign symbols tattooed on his right hand fingers (Leo, Scorpio, Aries, Virgo). Jake Gyllenhaal starred in Zodiac (2007) directed by David Fincher and co-starred by Mark Ruffallo and Robert Downey Jr.
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Jessica Chastain was rumored for a role.
Jackman's character(Dover) owns a home that was handed down through his deceased father, it's location is on "Campello Street." The films screenwriter(Aaron Guzikowski) was born in Brockton, MA, which has a prominent neighborhood known as "Campello." Also, while this film takes place in Pennsylvania and was shot in Canada, it's locale is very similar to that of Brockton, MA as well.
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Jake Gyllenhaal was also a part of the police force in End of Watch (2012).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The moment where Holly asks Keller to drink a little more was improvised by Melissa Leo, who thought Hugh Jackman wasn't drinking enough to make the situation believable.
Originally, Hugh Jackman was never discovered by police at end. He would have remained a missing person, and died a la The Vanishing (1988), but this was deemed too bleak.
The scene where Holly makes Keller drink an unknown substance in order for him to be find out what happened to his daughter resembles the ending scenes from The Vanishing (1988) and its US remake The Vanishing (1993), where a character searching for his missing girlfriend is instructed by the kidnapper to drink a heavily drugged coffee in order to be taken to her.

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