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The scene where Andy has his chest hair removed required five cameras set up for the shot. Steve Carell's chest hair was actually ripped out in the scene. Carell had told director Judd Apatow just before shooting the scene, "It has to be real. It won't be as funny if it's mocked up, or if it's special effect. You have to see that this is really happening." The scene had to be done in one shot.
The entire "You Know How I Know You're Gay" scene was improvised by Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
The "We Sell Your Stuff on eBay" store was a real store. It was written into the script after the location was chosen.
A lot of the movie was improvised while shooting.
When Catherine Keener was cast, Steve Carell told Judd Apatow that her casting had legitimized the film's credibility.
According to Seth Rogen, Steve Carell was so nervous that the film would be shut down by the studio, he had the writers prepare a back-up version of the script that didn't contain a single word of profanity.
The counselor at the health clinic where Andy takes Marla is played by Steve Carell's real-life wife, Nancy Carell.
Steve Carell's then eighty-year-old parents went to see the film, much to his embarrassment.
Steve Carell's wife Nancy Carell (Walls) suggested Jane Lynch for the role of Paula, who also worked with Carell during their Second City days. Before Walls suggested Lynch for the role, it was written to be played by a man, and the character did not come on to Andy until Lynch had been cast and the actors came up with that scene (with her singing the "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" to Andy) during rehearsals.
Judd Apatow had a part written for Jason Segel, with the character named Jason, but Apatow could not get the studio to approve his casting. Apatow advised Segel because of his unique brand of humor, to consider writing material for himself. Thus Segel wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), which Apatow served as one of the producers.
Paul Rudd came up with the idea for Steve Carell to yell out, "Oh, Kelly Clarkson," during the waxing scene.
The "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" sung by Javier to Paula translates to: "When I clean my room/I can't find anything/Where are you going in such a hurry/To the soccer game." Jane Lynch has told several interviewers that these "lyrics" were really a practice dialogue that she remembered from a high school Spanish class.
In a deleted scene on the Unrated DVD, when Andy is on the phone trying to get help to get rid of his erection, the person on the other end is Judd Apatow impersonating an Indian accent.
In a magazine interview, Judd Apatow revealed a trick behind the film's success: during the first preview of the movie, he had actually recorded the preview audiences vocal reaction with a tape recorder. When it came to re-cutting the film for the general release, he trimmed the film in sync to the recorded reaction. The scenes that did not have audience reaction were either cut or trimmed (but reinserted in the Unrated edition).
That's yogurt that Leslie Mann vomits up over Steve Carell.
To prepare for his role as Andy, Steve Carell lost thirty pounds for the role. Judd Apatow was originally nervous about the transformation, stating that he didn't think that "comedians wanting to look good is ever good for comedy." However, he gradually realized that Carell being "ripped" was a good idea, as it helped establish that Andy was only a virgin because he's shy and nervous, not because of his looks.
Jonah Hill got heatstroke filming the final dance number.
During the "you know how I know you're gay" scene, Paul Rudd is wearing a t-shirt that has a picture of himself on it.
The producers were planning to have a sequel by the name of "Knocked Up", with almost the same cast. But in the end, they released Knocked Up (2007) as a separate movie not related to this one.
Judd Apatow's daughter came up with the idea of having the drunken Nicky (played by Apatow's wife Leslie Mann) fall asleep while driving Andy to her place and bouncing off of parked cars.
Elizabeth Banks, who plays Beth, was commuting back and forth between Los Angeles and Vancouver, since at the time she was shooting this movie, she was also in Canada working on Slither (2006).
Steve Carell was forty-three years old, and a father of two children when the movie was released in 2005.
The film ended up being instrumental to making the U.S. version of The Office (2005) into an Emmy-winning smash hit. After that show's first season, the producers were worried, because Steve Carell's Michael Scott character was coming across as nasty and menacing when they didn't want him to. After seeing his performance here, they used some of its elements to transform Michael Scott into a man who was still a buffoon, but was more clueless than mean, and had some genuine skills.
Andy, David, Cal, and Jay are believed to be in the same age group. However, Seth Rogen (Cal) was only twenty-two years old at the time of filming, while Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco were in their mid-30s to 40s.
The American Humane Association withheld its "no animals were harmed" disclaimer due to the fact that several tropical fish died accidentally during the making of the film.
Film debut of Mindy Kaling.
The studio claimed that they thought Carell looked like a serial killer. In response, "Steve decided the character would be a little more Buster Keaton-esque," according to Apatow. "He was low-energy and everyone else was spinning around him." Lines were also written (and improvised) making fun of the fact that Andy could be confused for a serial killer.
This represents the first time Steve Carell has ever kissed anybody on-screen.
The films that are watched by the characters in the Smar-Tech store are all produced by Universal.
When Trish is helping Andy package up his toys for sale she mentions that "oh my god, this guy Eric Gilliland, he has bought like fifteen of these (toys from eBay). I think he likes action figures even more than you." Eric, who is a real friend of Catherine Keener, was the head writer on Roseanne (1988), and has written and produced many others.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
The electrical store featured in the movie was not a set, but a repurposed Staples store that had just shut down.
"Smart-tech" is loosely based on the "Circuit City" chain.
A deleted scene has Andy fantasizing about a television reporter named after one of the film's producers, Shauna Robertson.
The writing team were given stacks of academic studies of older virgins by Universal Pictures. They were gratified to see that most of these virgins were not dissimilar to their lead character.
Catherine Keener, Jonah Hill and Steve Carell were all later Oscar nominated for their performances in three films directed by Bennett Miller.
Several times in the movie, Cal wears t-shirts with music LP covers on them. They are: - Nirvana: Nevermind - Sonic Youth: Dirty - Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet - Genius/The GZA: Liquid Swords. All these albums were released through Universal Music labels; this film was released by Universal Pictures.
During the "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine in" song-and-dance scene, Jay is seen performing the "sideways shuffle" made popular by M.C. Hammer. Romany Malco (Jay) starred as M.C. Hammer in the VH1 TV movie Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (2001).
The 20 Date Countdown Calendar of Andy's, only has six day columns instead of a normal seven-day week.
Leslie Mann came up with the idea to throw up on Andy's face. The original plan was that Nicky (Leslie Mann) and Andy (Steve Carell) were to be pulled over by the police, and it would turn out that Nicky was concealing a gun under her seat the whole time. Mann insisted that her vomiting on Andy, would be a funnier conclusion to the scene, so she gulped down a mix of strawberry yogurt and "some kind of kefir."
The production used over a million feet of film, a milestone reached on the last day of filming.
Haziz (Shelley Malil) says "dark and cloudy with a chance of drive-by" when referring to Jay arguing with an African-American Smart Tech Customer. In 2010, Malil was convicted of attempted murder.
The Yellow Post-It note attached to Andy's calendar says "Don't Forget! Power Off Wed. Midnight to 2 AM".
Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, and Jonah Hill also appeared together in Knocked Up (2007).
To date, at 116 minutes, this is Judd Apatow's shortest directorial effort (though the unrated cut is 133 minutes).
The song that Andy is playing on his Baritone horn, while marching around his apartment is "Anchors Aweigh".
Catherine Keener was first choice to play Trish.
David (Paul Rudd) mentioned Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) when discussing "Boner Jams '03". Rudd also mentioned and used Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) to compare to real-life in Knocked Up (2007).
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Paula (Jane Lynch) was originally written as a male character.
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Trish's last name is Piedmont. It is seen on her card that she gives to Andy.
After Andy agrees to go to the bar with his co-workers, he walks by a newsstand that includes a magazine cover featuring Katherine Heigl who would go on to star with many of the same actors in Knocked Up (2007).
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The scene were Andy gets his chest hair waxed is real, as is the reactions of the cast around him, as it all had to be done in one take with five cameras.
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All of the films that were showed at Smarttech are films that were produced by Universal Pictures.
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Jane Lynch's character Paula talks about the "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" sung her gardener Javier used to sing to her. Here's the actual translation: "When you clean my room/I can't find anything/Where are you going in such a hurry?/To the football game?"
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Elizabeth Banks (Beth) went on to work in a few more films with Paul Rudd, Role Models (2008), Our Idiot Brother (2011) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
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When packing up Andy's toys, Trish mentions Thor. Kat Dennings, who plays Trish's daughter Marla, would go on to appear in the Thor movies.
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When Cal Seth Rogen and Andy {Steve Carell) walk through the bookstore, the first book that's prominently visible in the upper left corner is "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.
Cal wears a Nirvana - Nevermind t-shirt in the bar.
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Jenna Fischer: Is seen in the first bar scene.

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