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At the beginning of filming, Natalie Portman gave Julia Roberts a necklace that said "cunt" in honor of their characters' foul mouths. At the end of filming, Roberts gave Portman a necklace that said "lil' cunt".
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Clive Owen played the role of Dan in the original stage production.
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In the build up to the release of the film, word got out that Natalie Portman had shot fully nude scenes for her role as a stripper. Ultimately cut from the film, it was reported that the nude footage was burned by the director Mike Nichols.
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The original Broadway production of "Closer" by Patrick Marber opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on March 15, 1999. Cast was: Anna Friel as Alice, Rupert Graves as Dan, Ciarán Hinds as Larry, and Natasha Richardson as Anna. This ran for 172 performances and was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for the Best Play. Marber also wrote the screenplay for this filmed production.
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Several lines from Closer have been used in songs as lyrics or as titles. In Fall Out Boy's "Thanks fr th Mmrs" the lyric is "he tastes like you, only sweeter" which is what Anna says to Larry about Daniel when they're fighting in the apartment. In Fall Out Boy's "G.I.N.A.S.F.S." The lyric is "I love everything about you that hurts" which is a line Larry says to Alice in the club. Panic! at the Disco has a song called "Lying Is The Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" which is a line Alice says to Larry in the club. The second part of the line Alice says is another song titled "But It's Better If You Do".
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Cate Blanchett was originally signed to play the role of Anna, but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out of the film.
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There are approximately 510 questions asked between the characters. That works out to around 5 questions per minute of run time.
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The park Dan and Alice walk through is Postman's Park in London, near St Paul's Cathedral.
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According to the journalist Mark Harris, after Cate Blanchett dropped out of the film, Mike Nichols decided to choose between Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts for the role of Anna, before finally deciding on Roberts.
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The photograph of an elderly couple which appears before Alice is photographed by Anna, and which appears also in Anna's exhibition, is a photograph of British philosophers Peter Geach and G. E. M. Anscombe.
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Natalie Portman said that this was the first film that helped her break away from the association with Star Wars. Her on-screen daughter, Carrie Fisher, wrote Mike Nichols' previous film Postcards from the Edge (1990), which she also credited with helping her break away from Star Wars, and starting her career as a writer.
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Damien Rice, who sings the song "Blower's Daughter" on the film's soundtrack, recorded a song for the movie called "Elephant" - but the song wasn't finished in time for the movie's release. Another Rice song "Cold Water" can be heard in the film when Alice and Dan are walking around London after leaving the hospital.
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During the intense scene beetween Alice (Natalie Portman) and Larry (Clive Owen) in the stripclub, the song that can be heard playing in the club is a famous Smiths hit "How Soon is Now?".
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The music which plays on the menu of the region 2 DVD release is an instrumental piece called "Devotion" by Tom Campbell and Sam Sorensen.
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Natalie Portman and Jude Law both later joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Jude Law as Yon-Rogg.
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The song that is playing at the strip club when Alice and Larry are talking is "How soon is now?" from the 80's band "The Smiths". This song is also the main theme of Charmed (www.imdb.com/title/tt0158552/).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film stays very true to the original play upon which it is based, with one major exception. The play closed with Dan and Anna speaking briefly on a park bench, several years after Alice and Dan's breakup. Dan tells her that Alice had been hit by a car in New York City and had died, and that he was the only one authorities could find to identify her body. However, the film closes showing Alice alive, well and confidently walking the streets of Manhattan--BUT, the very last shot as she's walking across a road in Manhattan is a pan/tilt up to a red "DON'T WALK" signal, thus hinting that her fate as in the play will be fulfilled.
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The plaques that the Natalie Portman and Jude Law characters look at early in the film, and to which he returns at the end, are part of the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, unveiled in 1900. This commemorates ordinary Britons who died trying to save the lives of others. The artist George Frederic Watts, who lobbied for years for funding for the project, was particularly inspired by the example of Alice Ayres, a domestic servant who died in 1885 saving three children from a fire: this is the name that Jane Jones assumes for herself.
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The trailer includes several things that are not in the film. 1. Shots of the driver of the car that hits Alice. 2. Different lighting when Anna and Dan kiss. 3. Anna asking Dan, "Why did you swear eternal love when all you wanted was excitement? Love bores you." Dan responds, "No, it disappoints me." 4. Larry telling Alice, "You women don't understand the territory, because you are the territory". 5. A shot of Larry and Anna getting dressed.
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In the play, Larry is the dermatologist that attends to Alice's knee after she has been hit by a taxi.
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Dan, Alice, and Anna are the film's main antagonists: Dan cheats on Alice with Anna, who has sex with Larry as revenge against Dan. Alice deceived Dan: her real name is revealed to be Jane Jones. She took the name 'Alice Ayres' from a memorial to a young woman who died saving children from a fire, but reveals her name to Larry, who doesn't believe her.
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