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The production was shot without a completed script. As a result, there were many delays and arguments over what to shoot. James Gandolfini admitted, in a behind the scenes interview, that most of the film was "improvised".
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James Gandolfini was only ten years older than Christina Applegate, who played his daughter in this film.
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The original Christmas 2003 release date was pushed back ten months, to avoid competing with another Ben Affleck film, Paycheck (2003). Because of this, there's a 2003 calendar hanging in Brian's bedroom, near the door.
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Jon Favreau was offered a chance to direct, but made Elf (2003) instead.
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John Wight, who was Ben Affleck's stand-in , wrote a devastating depiction of what the filming was like in his book "Dreams that Die: Misadventures in Hollywood".
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Released to DVD just nine weeks after it opened in theaters.
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Filming did not take place in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) because the weather was too cold.
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