When promoting Old Boy (2013) , Michael Imperioli was asked if he had seen this film, given that it featured "The Sopranos"' (1999) co-star James Gandolfini'. Imperioli said that viewing the trailer was enough, as it seemed closest to what Gandolfini was like, and that he couldn't bear to see his late friend through the entire film.
James Gandolfini was initially dubious about taking on the part of Albert as he didn't feel it was a natural fit for him. Ironically, he got some of the best notices of his career for his performance in the film.
After the excellent notices that her previous film Please Give (2010) had received, Nicole Holofcener was approached by two executives from Fox Searchlight who wanted to work with her on her next project.