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Mélanie Laurent claimed that the canine star of the film, Cosmo, did not like her very much because he was jealous of Laurent's friendship with costar Ewan McGregor and director Mike Mills.
At 82 years of age, Christopher Plummer won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this film and became the oldest person to ever win an Oscar for acting.
The film is partly autobiographical because many of the events that happened to Hal and Oliver are based on Mike Mills' experiences when his own father came out as gay and began a homosexual relationship after Mike's mother died.
Ewan McGregor was not a dog owner before he made the film. During the course of the shoot, he decided that he absolutely had to get a dog and is now the proud owner of a poodle named Sid.
Mélanie Laurent was cast after director Mike Mills saw a video of her on Youtube giving an interview where she was smoking and wearing no makeup.
Mike Mills did not originally intend for Anna to be French, but after asking 'Melanie Laurent' if she could completely lose her accent and finding out she could not, he changed the character for her.
Christopher Plummer was attracted to the part because he liked the fact there was no self-pity regarding his character.
Additional shots were needed with Ewan McGregor, so Gillian Jacobs stood in for the back of Mélanie Laurent's head because she had returned to France.
.Cosmo was cast out of all the Jack Russells that Mike Mills saw because the director felt that the dog had a million year old soul and because of his ability to look at you directly in the eyes.
Although the movie is set in Los Angeles, California, none of the main cast is from the United States. Ewan McGregor is from Scotland, Christopher Plummer is from Canada, Mélanie Laurent is from France and Goran Visnjic is from Croatia.
The laryngitis idea used at the costume party is based on a true story that happened to Lou Taylor Pucci, star of Mike Mills' previous film Thumbsucker (2005). Pucci had lost his voice at an audition for Across the Universe (2007) and had indeed gone to a party where he conversed with a girl that he met via a notepad.
Mike Mills has a background in graphic design, so he trained Ewan McGregor in some of the rudiments of it for his characterization.
Coincidentally, one of Christopher Plummer's fellow supporting actor nominees the year he became the oldest acting Oscar-winner was Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Von Sydow was also 82 at the time, albeit several months older.
The film was largely shot in chronological order.
At the costume party, Mélanie Laurent is not playing Charles Chaplin but Julius Rosenberg.
Early in the movie, Oliver comments that his dog, Arthur (and other dogs in the same breed, Jack Russell terrier), are very cute to humans and people love them so much that they often put them in TV shows and movies. The most famous "acting" Jack Russells of recent years (Moose, who played "Eddie" in the TV show Frasier (1993) and Moose's son, Enzo, who was the title character in My Dog Skip (2000)) were both owned and trained by the same professional animal trainer, Mathilde de Cagny, who owns and trains Cosmo, the dog playing Arthur.
The role of Hal was intended for Max von Sydow, who declined due to the nature of subject in favor of appearing as a mute in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). He also was the first choice to play Henrik Vanger in the English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Christopher Plummer replaced him in both of these films; however, both men lend their voices together in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011).
The "Siedem Razy Kobieta" poster, on the wall in Oliver's dining room, is from the Polish language version of the 1967 Shirley MacLaine film Woman Times Seven.
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Christopher Plummer's Academy Award win was the last in a three year run of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar going to an actor whose name begins with "Chris". It comes on the back of Christoph Waltz (who won for Inglourious Basterds (2009)) and Christian Bale (who won for The Fighter (2010)).

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