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Parminder Nagra was worried that the scar on her leg would prevent her from getting the role of Jess. Instead, the scar, and the story behind it, were worked into the script.
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This was the first Western film allowed to be shown in North Korea.
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The Hounslow Harriers team does not exist in real life, but almost all the players in the movie are professional footballers.
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Beating out established players like Luis Figo and Ronaldo, Parminder Nagra won the 2002 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)'s International Football Personality of the Year Presidential award, and she was the first female to ever receive the honor.
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Although football star David Beckham and the term "bend" are well known in the U.K., they were virtually unknown in the U.S. As such, when the time came for the film's U.S. release, 20th Century Fox marketing executives suggested changing the title to "Move it like Mia," alluding to U.S. football (soccer) star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change, and the film was released with its original title.
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A rumor regarding the film purports that by the end of the movie, Jess and Jules were originally supposed to become a couple. However, in no iteration of the script were the two ever romantically paired.
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This film grossed $76.5 million off of a $6 million budget.
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Though their characters are roughly the same age, in reality, there is a ten-year age gap between Parminder Nagra (born 1975) and Keira Knightley (born 1985).
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Many of the wedding guests in the movie were relatives of director Gurinder Chadha, and they added realism by throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the scenes, treating the shoot as if it were a real wedding.
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Melanie C wanted her song "Independence Day" to be used in the film, but the lyrics did not work so she rewrote them in order for the song to be used.
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Jess wears #7 for the Hounslow Harriers, the number David Beckham wears for England and once wore for Manchester United.
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Anupam Kher (Mr. Bhamra) is a superstar of Hindi cinema (a.k.a. Bollywood), with a career that spans almost twenty years, with nearly one hundred fifty feature films made.
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Much of this movie's plot centers around the main characters' goal of going to the United States to play professional soccer for the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), and highlight clips are shown of several of the league's superstars. On September 18, 2003, just seven weeks after the movie's official release in the U.S., WUSA suspended operations due to financial problems.
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Jules wears #9 for the Hounslow Harriers, the same number as Mia Hamm.
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The actresses in this film were coached by Simon Clifford, who runs Futbol De Salao, a Brazilian soccer school.
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A stage musical version of this film opened at London's Phoenix Theatre on June 24, 2015.
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DIRECTOR CAMEO (Gurinder Chadha): At the party the night before the wedding, she is in the circle of relatives clapping, wearing a blue suit.
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The aircraft shown that transported the team to Hamburg (a Boeing 707-430 reg. D-AFHG Ex Lufthansa D-ABOD) is a static display at the Hamburg airport.
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The chauffeur driver of the Rolls Royce in the wedding scene was not an actor, but an actual chauffeur, and was unaware he was in a film. He believed instead that it was simply a wedding with a lot of cameras. It was only discovered he was in the film when, to their surprise, one of his relatives saw him in the background.
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Kulvinder Ghir was a last-minute replacement for the role of Teetu.
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The team that Manchester United are playing at the beginning is the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The game shown was a group stage game of the UEFA Champions League, held at the Old Trafford in Manchester on September 13, 2000. Manchester United won 5-1.
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Director Cameo 

Gurinder Chadha: A wedding guest dressed in pink in the conga line.
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Gurinder Chadha: The younger of the two women that Jules and Jesminder jog past in the park.
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