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Albert Nobbs (2011) Poster

(2011)

Trivia

The entire film was shot in 34 days in Dublin, Ireland.
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Glenn Close not only stars as the lead character Albert, but she also co-wrote the screenplay, wrote the original song for the film and produced.
Glenn Close first played Albert Nobbs in a 1982 off-Broadway stage production. She won the Obie Award.
Glenn Close caught pneumonia while filming the movie.
Amanda Seyfried and Orlando Bloom were originally cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. They were replaced by Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
As a producer, Glenn Close was highly involved in the casting process. She went to Broadway and offered the role to Janet McTeer, and called Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Light, who played her sons in The Lion in Winter (2003).
Glenn Close was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her lead role as Albert Nobbs. It was Close's sixth nomination and sixth loss, and this now ties her with actresses Thelma Ritter and Deborah Kerr for the most consecutive losses for an actress.
Janet McTeer suggested Bronagh Gallagher for the role of Cathleen and also helped to contact Brendan Gleeson because of their friendship since Into the Storm (2009).
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According to Glenn Close, most of John Banville's contribution to the script was adapting it with Irish expressions and accents.
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The movie was close to be filmed in the early '90s with István Szabó directing.
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Essie Davis was originally cast in this film back in the early 2000s but funding fell through. Glenn Close and Essie Davis went on to star together in A Street Car Named Desire in London's West End.
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Maria Doyle Kennedy worked with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a TV show called The Tudors (2007).
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This film reunites Glenn Close and Mark Williams who played villains in 101 Dalmatians (1996).
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This isn't the first time that Glenn Close played a male character in a movie. In Hook (1991), she has a small cameo as a bearded pirate.
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This brought Glenn Close her sixth Academy Award nomination, 24 years after her previous one (for Dangerous Liaisons (1988)).
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When she played the part on stage, Glenn Close did it without make-up, meaning the audience had to imagine what Albert Nobbs might have looked like. She found the film version a whole different experience as she was essentially disguised throughout.
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Glenn Close cried the first time she saw herself in full make-up as Albert.
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Glenn Close's first film since Evening (2007).
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The original stage play brought Glenn Close her very first acting award.
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Glenn Close studied the films of Charles Chaplin in preparation for the role.
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Mia Wasikowska agreed to make the film without even reading the script. The involvement of her friend and mentor Rodrigo García as director was sufficient reason for her.
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In 2015, Janet McTeer took to the London stage in a production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in which she played Madame de Merteuil, a role made famous in the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) by her co-star Glenn Close.
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Glenn Close emailed Pauline Collins when the screenplay was completed, thinking she would be perfect for the part of the haughty hotel manager. The two had remained friends ever since making Paradise Road (1997). Collins leapt at the chance.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Both acting Academy Award nominations received by this movie (Glenn Close and Janet McTeer) were for cross-dressing performances (women playing men).
Janet McTeer and Glenn Close also played half-sisters in the thriller/drama Damages (2007).
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There's a 42 year age difference between Glenn Close and her on-screen partner, Mia Wasikowska.
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On average, Glenn Close and Janet McTeer would spend 2 and a half hours every day in the make-up chair for their transformation into males.
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