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Kenneth Branagh plays Laurence Olivier in this movie. Branagh and Olivier have both acted in or directed movie versions of William Shakespeare's "Othello" (Othello (1965) & Othello (1995)), "Hamlet" (Hamlet (1948) & Hamlet (1996)) and "Henry V" (Henry V (1944) and Henry V (1989)). In their respective movies about Hamlet and Henry V, they directed themselves in the lead role (and were each nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for their troubles), while Laurence Olivier played Othello in the 1965 film version of the play and Branagh played the villainous Iago on the 1995 film version. Furthermore Olivier directed and acted in Richard III (1955), while Branagh starred in a radio and audiobook version of the play. Even further, Olivier played Orlando in the 1936 film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It", while Branagh directed, but did not appear in the 2006 film version of the play. Olivier also starred in the 1972 film Sleuth (1972) while Branagh directed the 2007 version of Sleuth (2007).
According to director Simon Curtis (in his DVD commentary), Judi Dench was unavailable for the principal photography period, and her role had to filmed about two weeks before the rest of the production. Throughout the film, Dench and Michelle Williams are never seen in the same shot, including one in which Dench shakes hands with (seemingly) Williams's arm being extended from off-screen. Adam Recht's deft editing gives the illusion that Williams and Dench are being filmed at the same time.
The reenactments of scenes from The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) were filmed on the same soundstage that the original was filmed on.
Scarlett Johansson was approached for the part of Marilyn Monroe, but turned it down.
The notebook that Arthur Miller wrote and that Marilyn was seen crying over is most likely his initial draft of his play "After the Fall", which features a character that was a parody of Monroe. The play remains one of Miller's most unpopular works.
Michelle Williams' Best Actress Academy Award nomination was her second consecutive nomination in this category as she had been nominated the previous year for Blue Valentine (2010).
Ian Murray is the stand/by rigger for this movie. His adopted grandfather Jack Thompson was the stand/by rigger on The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
Michelle Williams won a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical in 2012 for her performance in this film. The real Marilyn Monroe won the same award in 1960 for Some Like It Hot (1959).
When Colin first drives onto the Pinewood lot, we see an actor coming out of a soundstage and acting silly. He's very likely intended to be Norman Wisdom, who was indeed shooting films at Pinewood during that time.
Michelle Williams was nominated for a BAFTA Best Actress Award for playing Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). Monroe was actually nominated for a BAFTA award for The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for Best Foreign Actress.
Dame Judi Dench who portrays Dame Sybil Thorndike, actually met her several times in real life. The first time was in 1958, when Dench was in Romeo and Juliet at the Old Vic. "She came round to see us afterwards and was so charming. We were young actors and she was lovely to us and strongly encouraging and gentle. I think they got very, very close to how Dame Sybil was in the script."
Six actors from this movie have appeared in different Harry Potter movies: Kenneth Branagh (as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart), Emma Watson (as Hermione Granger), Geraldine Somerville (as Lily Potter), Toby Jones (as the voice of Dobby), Zoë Wanamaker (as Madam Hooch), and Eddie Redmayne (as Newt Scamander).
Michelle Williams was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her starring role playing Marilyn Monroe in this picture. In her career though, Monroe was never Oscar nominated.
This was Emma Watson's first R-rated film.
Kate Hudson and Amy Adams were considered for the role of Marilyn Monroe.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was approached to play Vivien Leigh, but declined, in favor to spend time with ailing husband Michael Douglas. After she dropped out of the project, Rachel Weisz was considered to replace her, however, she was filming three projects back to back to back, at the time (To the Wonder (2012), Your Sister's Sister (2011), and The Deep Blue Sea (2011)), so Julia Ormond was cast instead. Weisz, in fact, ended up not being able to shoot Your Sister's Sister (2011).
The film takes place from July to October 1956.
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Toby Jones's character Arthur P. Jacobs, Marilyn Monroe's then publicist, later became well known as the producer of Doctor Dolittle (1967), Planet of the Apes (1968) and its sequels, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).
Colin Clark (1932-2002) was the younger brother of the British Conservative Party MP Alan Clark (1928-1999).
Derek Jacobi (Sir Owen Morshead) worked with Laurence Olivier in Othello (1965) and Three Sisters (1970), the only film that Olivier directed after The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
Kenneth Branagh received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Laurence Olivier. Olivier was nominated for the same award for his role as Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man (1976).
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Colin's car is a 1934 or 1935 MG PA Midget.
At the beginning of the film, just as Colin's voiceover states he was going to "join the circus," we see the sign for Laurence Olivier's production studio, including its address on Piccadilly. Whether coincidentally or meant as a tongue-in-cheek reference, there is a "Piccadilly Circus" in London. It is a road junction and public space in London's West End.
Elaine Hendrix was considered for the role of Marilyn Monroe.
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James Jagger was considered for the role of Colin Clark.
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Emma Watson's first film after the Harry Potter franchise.
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Kenneth Branagh has directed, and played leads in, several Shakespeare film adaptations, like Laurence Oliver.
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Kenneth Branagh's and Emma Watson's first movie together since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
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