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While for movie effect the script calls out the repeated use of the number '3' as an indicator of fraudulent numbers, the theory behind fraudulent number detection is known as Benford's law. The law states that in numbers such as account transactions the probability of a number occurring naturally drops as one moves from smaller numbers to the larger numbers following a logarithmic scale. This law has been successfully used to detect fraudulent accounting transactions.
The two paintings featured in the story are: Dog playing poker- a friend in need,(1903) & "Free Form"--Pollock, 1946.
Anna Kendrick based her character on her mother, a real accountant who went over the script and explained the math to her daughter.
The martial art mainly on display is a variety of Indonesian Silat as also seen in The Raid movies.
In the hotel room, Dana (Anna Kendrick) reveals that in order to get the money to buy a Vera Wang gown, she taught herself how to play blackjack and to count cards to determine the chance to win a hand. In real life, Ben Affleck is known to be such a cunning poker and blackjack card player that he was barred from several casinos not because he cheats but because of his well-known habit of card-counting - legit but too much for them.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2011 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Ben Affleck has stated that this is one of his top 5 personal favourite performances. This list also includes Batman in the DCEU, Holden McNeil in Chasing Amy (1997), Tony Mendes in Argo (2012), & Chucky from Good Will Hunting (1997).
This was originally envisioned with Mel Gibson starring, with the Coen Brothers directing.
One of the comics in Christian Wolff's caravan drawer is the #1 issue of Action Comics Superman. This is one of only a few items he grabs later when he is about to go on the run. Ben Affleck played Superman in Hollywoodland (2006) as George Reeves and later fights Superman as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), making him the only actor to portray both Superman and Batman on the big screen.
The video feed of Chris' Airstream trailer is labeled "Jabberwocky." This is a poem from "Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There" (1871) by Lewis Carroll, the sequel to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".
Christian uses a Barrett M82A1M sniper rifle during shooting practice and later during a gunfight.
Although the film was shot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, the film actually is set to take place in Plainfield, Illinois, with scenes in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Also, the high school Anna Kendrick's character mentions (Naperville North) is an actual high school, which Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul (2015)) graduated from. The school's math team has won 16 state championships.
Throughout the film, Ben Affleck's character recites the rhyme "Solomon Grundy" to calm himself down. In the DC comics, Solomon Grundy is actually a villain who comes into conflict with Batman. Ben Affleck played Batman in the DC Extended Universe. Additionally, one of Affleck's character's aliases is based on author Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the DC comics, the supervillain the Mad Hatter (another adversary of Batman) is obsessed with the story.
The film is set in Plainfield, Illinois as well as Chicago and mentions Naperville, Illinois and Joliet, Illinois but was actually shot on location in Atlanta, Georgia due to their tax incentives being better than Illinois.
Chris wears a t-shirt with the words "Tuong ot Sriracha" and the image of a rooster. This is the branding of a popular Sriracha hot sauce manufactured in southern California.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners, Ben Affleck and J.K. Simmons, and two Oscar nominees, Anna Kendrick and John Lithgow.
When the phone rings in Wolff's house the voice says "tell Elliott Ness to take his feet off the furniture...". Elliot Ness was a Treasury agent who enforced prohibition in Chicago
The Luke Skywalker lightsaber seen in Christian Wolff's Airstream Caravan is actually an unofficial replica of the 'Graflex-Flash' lightsaber produced by Parks Sabers. It is set up in the approximate configuration of the 'Ranch Saber', the only known screen-used example of the Luke Skywalker lightsaber to have survived filming of The Empire Strikes Back; that is held in the archives of Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch. The stand used to hold the saber is from an officially licenced 'Master Replicas' display lightsaber.
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There is a third painting featured in the movie, "Woman with Parasol and Child", painted by Renoir c. 1875

The Pollock painting, "Free Form", 1946, is his first "drip" painting, to accompany those where he used mops or buckets. But that painting has been altered for the movie, by placing an eye looking askance from the middle, which isn't in the original. The painting IS the original for the characters, critically putting meaningful words in Pollock's mouth, so to speak. For Wolff this is apparently his most valued possession (sentimentally and monetarily, the original being estimated to be worth $100 mil), telling his computer aid to lower the price of the Renoir rather than sell the Pollock. The movie's addition of the eye gives the painting a actual meaning, which would be especially important to Wolff who is autistic. The painting hearkens to an unused verse from the poignant song at the end, which says "I can get through the wall if you give me a door"--"To Leave Something Behind", by Sean Rowe. In the theater version, the red in the painting was a bright red, while the Google images of the original, and now in the CD versions of the amended painting, show the red to definitely be an orange-red, enough to make it seem to be more than a color control problem.

This hidden in plain sight trivia, which is actually an integral part of a couple of the themes of the movie (society's approach to autism, criticism via example of abstract impressionism), is apparently the first of its kind for Hollywood.
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This is the second time Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons have starred together. They previously starred together in the film Up in the Air (2009).
The song featured in the trailer is "Everything in its Right Place" by Radiohead. This is the opening track on their seminal fourth album, "Kid A." The song also plays during the opening scene of Cameron Crowe's film Vanilla Sky (2001), starring Tom Cruise.
Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Cynthia Addai-Robinson have all played comic book characters: Daredevil and Batman, J. Jonah Jameson and Commissioner Jim Gordon, The Punisher and Shane from The Walking Dead (2010) and Amanda Waller, respectively.
While it might seem odd for a strong box filled with gold and other valuables to include a copy of "Action Comics #1" (1938) comic book, in fact this issue is valued at over $4 million dollars in mint condition.
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Ben Affleck starred in the Marvel comic book film Daredevil (2003). His co-star, Jon Bernthal, appears on the Netflix series Daredevil (2015) as The Punisher.
Ben Affleck played Batman in Suicide Squad (2016) alongside Viola Davis, who played Amanda Waller. Affleck's co-star in _The Accountant (2016)_, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, also plays Amanda Waller on the TV show Arrow (2012).
According to a slideshow posted on the "11 Alive" (Atlanta NBC affiliate) website, several Atlanta area locations were used in the filming of this movie including the Gwinnett County Jail (for Leavenworth) and the campus of Georgia Tech (for the HQ of Living Robotics).
J.K. Simmons and Ben Affleck previously co-starred together in "Extract" (2009) and will co-star again in the upcoming movie "Justice League" (2017).
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow, and J.K. Simmons have all been in a Dreamworks animated movie. Affleck voiced Joseph in Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), Kendrick was in Trolls (2016), Lithgow voiced Lord Farquaad in Shrek (2001), and Simmons voiced Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
In theory, due to the characterization of how Ben Affleck portrays Christian Wolff, one could argue that even Bruce Wayne could have autism. The Dark Knight trilogy is the first time the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman is given a psychological background with his up-bringing, however in the history of Batman it is never revealed what exactly happened between his parent's murder and when he shows up as an adult, so it is very possible that before his training Bruce Wayne could have had some form of autism.
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Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, is one of the credited producers for this film.
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Chris recites a nursery rhyme under his breath in stressful situations, including armed confrontations. Jon Bernthal (who plays Brax) does a similar thing.
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In Christian's caravan there is a Star Wars light saber that belonged to Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill played the role of Luke Skywalker. He has also portrayed the voice of the DC comics villain the Joker in many film and game adaptations, Ben Affleck is Batman at the same time this film was released in the DC universe.
The way Christian is raised by his father in most of the flashback sequences strangely mirrors much of the way Bruce Wayne trains in Batman Begins in order to become Batman. Ben Affleck portrays Batman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Solomon Grundy, DC Comics character is also a kind of zombie (or undead). Jon Bernthal played Shane, one of the main characters until the second season of the TV show The Walking Dead (2010).
In Christian's caravan, there is a drawer stocked with numerous copies of Action Comics #1 which is the first DC comic book that came out in 1938 introducing Superman for the first time. Today Superman is in films played by Henry Cavill teaming up with Ben Affleck's Batman in the DC cinematic franchise with movies like Batman vs. Superman and Justice League.
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Jeffrey Tambor & Andy Umberger have also starred in Transparent (2014)
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the flashback scene to Wolff's mother's funeral both Christian and his father are wearing the shoulder insignia of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team on their uniforms.
This is the second movie of director Gavin O'Connor to feature two brothers engage in a fight near the end of the movie. This also happened in Warrior (2011).
In one of the scenes, the children were trained by a martial art fighter. The set was in a tropical place and the Father held a newspaper called 'Jakarta' something. In the end of that scene, the older brother said 'It's Ok. Just continue' in Bahasa Indonesia. So it appeared that Christian and his family have lived somewhere in Jakarta, Indonesia when they were younger.

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