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Sam Worthington, Colin Farrell, Justin Timberlake and Seth Rogen were considered for the lead roles, but eventually in the end, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were cast.
Most of Chelsea Handler's lines were ad-libbed, including the mention of Cheetos and Mike and Ike.
Though Tuck (Tom Hardy)'s real name is never mentioned, it can be seen as his screen name on the dating site, John Harrison.
Both guys, on the singles website on each side of Tuck's picture, are crew members of the movie. They also show up in the video store database as FDR is searching for Lauren's information. The members were Jay Mitchell (set design) and Peter Stratford (assistant art director).
Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) and Tuck Hansen (Tom Hardy) first meet at The Blarney Stone which is a real pub located in downtown Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is known to be one of the busiest gastropubs in town.
FDR, played by Chris Pine, calls Tuck about a CHiPs (1977) marathon. Chris Pine's father, Robert Pine, was a cast member on CHiPs (1977).
James Franco was offered a role, but declined.
Bradley Cooper was cast but dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts.
When the film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America, the film was given an "R" rating, due to some racy dialogue spoken by Chelsea Handler's character. It was later edited and given a "PG-13" rating for "sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language" for the theatrical release.
Both lead male stars Tom Hardy and Chris Pine who appeared in this movie have gone on to be in film adaptions of Tom Clancy's work. Hardy will play Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell and Pine played the title spy character in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
The movie store scene takes place at HMV on Robson Street in Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
The skyline city in the opening scene is not Hong Kong, but Shanghai.
Chris Pine and Tom Hardy have both appeared in Star Trek (1966)-related films. Hardy played Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), while Pine has played Captain James T. Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek movies [See: Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016)].
Director McG revealed during the DVD commentary that Tuck's nickname comes from the character's love of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The nick-name of Franklin Foster (Chris Pine) was "FDR' which is the same nick-name of former American President _Franklin Delano Roosevelt'. FDR's grandmother reveals his real name to be Franklin. Former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was commonly known by his initials, FDR, and this is where the character gets his name. When they are introduced, FDR (Chris Pine)'s grandmother asks Lauren (Reese Witherspoon): "So you're the girl who's keeping Franklin (FDR) busy?". The ending credits list FDR's surname as Foster.
The scene where Trish (Chelsea Handler) and Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) are shopping for laundry detergent, near the beginning of the film, was shot at a Canadian Tire store.
Tuck's real name is listed as "John Harrison" on the dating site. That makes this the first time that Chris Pine clashes with a character called John Harrison in a movie. A year later, Pine would play James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), where he battles with Khan Noonien Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch), who uses the alias John Harrison.
During the opening scene, one of the ladies asks Chris Pine's character Franklin "FDR" Foster: "Permission to come aboard, Captain?". Pine played Captain James T. Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek movies [See: Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016)].
Trish (Chelsea Handler) calls Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) from a children's play center, which is a real place called "Crash Crawly's." It is located near a freeway, which can be seen through the windows.
The bachelor pad of FDR (Chris Pine) had to reflect his expensive and exotic tastes, so the production found a converted penthouse with a swimming pool in the ceiling of the apartment in the Chinatown district of Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The pool had a glass bottom, making the pool visible from the downstairs dining room. When Laing showed the apartment to director McG, the latter looked up and was astonished to see the pool, and a beautiful girl in a bikini doing laps, which Laing had prearranged.
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Director said McG said: It will come as no surprise that Pine and Hardy handled the high-octane spy action and stunts with skill and daring. But This Means War (2012) audiences will see a movie "first": Reese Witherspoon mixing it up with the boys in full throttle action mode. Not only does she get to drive at excessive speeds on a military racetrack in a drop-head coupe, she flew on a swinging trapeze, and donned a mask and firearm for an intense, ruthless game of paintball. "By the end of the movie, Reese is at the center of the action".
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After principal photography had wrapped, director McG and his teams went to work film editing, music scoring, sound mixing, and putting the finishing touches on the movie's visual effects. Later, during this post-production period, they would show the picture to select audiences to gauge reactions and fine-tune the film. The screenings yielded outstanding scores, which revealed that the movie played to men, women, singles, and couples. This, and the ensuing positive word of mouth, led the 20th Century Fox movie studio to pick the unexpected 2012 year release date of Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14, which was a Tuesday. Most films debut in the USA on a Friday, in time for the weekend. But for McG, the holiday release seemed perfect. He pointed out: "After all, everyone needs a little action on Valentine's Day!".
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Actor Tom Hardy portrayed a character, Tuck Hansen, who had the same "T.H." initials as his own.
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Making FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) believable as CIA agents was tasked to Paul Maurice, a military advisor with extensive wartime experience, who serves as the film's CIA technical advisor. Maurice worked closely with Pine and Hardy to give them a high proficiency in weapons-handling and hand-to-hand combat.
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Production designer Martin Laing and his team upped the spy-against-spy action by devising gadgets utilized by FDR and Tuck as they wage war against one another. Laing's team researched CIA weapons and surveillance techniques and made them even more high tech and fantastic.
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The American theatrical version for the USA was cut for some sex jokes to achieve a more commercial PG-13 rating. International theatrical versions were released uncut. However, the cut version was used for home video releases worldwide.
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The name of the company that Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) worked for was "Smart Consumer Inc." which was located in Los Angeles in California, USA.
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The home address of Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) according to the character's tax return seen in the movie was 6226 Placido Drive, Pasadena, California, 91105, USA.
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Actress Chelsea Handler, who plays Trish, the good friend of Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), has a last surname which is a spy term. A "handler" in the secret spy world, as defined by the Spy Museum's Language of Espionage, is "a case officer who is responsible for handling agents in operations".
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This romantic-spy-comedy film's director, McG, previously helmed the espionage-action-comedy movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and later also helmed the action-spy-thriller-drama_3 days to kill (2014)_. As such, McG has directed four spy movies [to date, November 2016].
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Intelligence agencies referenced and/or featured in the film include the CIA, Interpol, Special Ops, the Mexico Sniper Squad, and the Mexican DFS (Dirección Federal de Seguridad aka the Federal Security Directorate).
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This spy film inverted a common paradigm of the James Bond movie franchise where the character frequently had two significant relationships with two Bond Girls in many Bond movies. This was commonly reflected in movie posters for Bond films where the tuxedo clad character would be seen positioned between a Bond Girl on either side. This Means War (2012) reverses this methodology by having a character, a non-spy, Reese Witherspoon, who is the equivalent of a Bond Girl, and dates in the movie two secret agents, and in film posters for the movie was seen positioned standing in the middle between the two attractive male spies.
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This spy film features the game of paintball which was utilized in a training exercise at the start of the earlier James Bond espionage movie The Living Daylights (1987). Actually, This Means War (2012) first premiered in cinemas in the 25th Anniversary year of The Living Daylights (1987).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

An alternate ending was shot with Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) ending up with Tuck Hansen ( Tom Hardy).
Another alternate ending was shot where Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) are holding one another while Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) is by herself on the uncompleted freeway.

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