Daytime scenes in Paris, with Miranda and Andy in the back of a car. The S-class Mercedes was physically cut in half, in order to get the camera angles. It was a pre-production model that the makers could never have sold, and would have been disposed of anyway.
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On the first day of filming, Meryl Streep told Anne Hathaway, "I think you're perfect for the role. I'm so happy we're going to be working together." Then she paused and followed it up with, "That's the last nice thing I'll say to you." And it was.
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Despite multiple fashion designer loans, Patricia Field spent more than $1 million on costuming, making it the most expensively-costumed film in history. Field received her sole Oscar nomination for her work on this film.
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All costumes were sold off at an auction for research of breast cancer. Anne Hathaway bought the green dress her character gets to wear. The one item Meryl Streep kept was her sunglasses, which she used again as Donna during the famous "Money Money Money" scene in 2008's Mamma Mia!.
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Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue (and the inspiration for Miranda Priestly), was not invited to the premiere. She did, however, attend an advance screening for the press along with her daughter, dressed head-to-toe in Prada. Wintour's daughter could be heard nudging her through the screening: "They got that right!". Although never commenting on it publicly, she reportedly really liked the film despite initial skepticism.
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The only contact production had with Vogue was Jess Gonchor, the production designer, who snuck into their offices to get a look at Anna Wintour's office. He was able to re-create it so authentically that it is said that Anna redecorated hers immediately after the movie came out.
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The character of Emily, played by Emily Blunt, was not supposed to be English in the script. Blunt thought it would be interesting and sound a bit more imperious. In several scenes, she is seen running about in the background, though never written nor directed. She felt her character would always be busy, and wanted to keep her alive in the film. Notably, most of her wardrobe is from Vivienne Westwood.
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A fear of legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour cast a shadow over preproduction, and the studio went out to multiple designers - all who refused to appear in the film. Only Valentino Garavani, who had designed the black gown Meryl Streep wears in the museum benefit scene, chose to make an appearance, and one prominent supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, signed on for a small role.
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(at around 59 mins) Emily Blunt has stated that she stole a snarky line of dialogue that she heard coming from a mother yelling at her child on the street. That line was, "Yeah, I'm hearing 'this' (talking), and I want to hear, 'this' (silence)." It was accompanied by the hand-talking gestures that Blunt also mimicked in the scene.
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Author of the original novel, Lauren Weisberger, reportedly based the character Emily upon Plum Sykes, writer and former assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Sykes worked at Vogue at the same time as Weisberger.
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Costume designer Patricia Field initially had a hard time getting clothes out of a lot of the designers. Some of them showed their showrooms or gave notes on the authenticity of the script, though they didn't want to participate. It was Prada who helped break the ice saying that Anna wasn't going to be upset. However, Vogue and other major women's and fashion magazines have avoided reviewing, or even mentioning the book.
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Emily Blunt revealed in 2016 that every week at least one stranger quotes a line from the film to her. Her own husband, John Krasinski jokes to have seen the film 75 times.
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Only two days of the production took place in Paris. It was too expensive to fly Meryl Streep to Europe, so her scenes were shot in the US.
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Meryl Streep based her character's icily calm, quiet voice on Clint Eastwood's way of running a set. As for Miranda's appearance, Streep thought of the famous 85-year-old model Carmen Dell'Orefice, known for her trademark white bouffant. "I wanted a cross between her and the unassailable elegance and authority of Christine Lagarde". The producers weren't initially keen on it, but changed their minds the first time Meryl channeled Miranda in a meeting.
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Anne Hathaway really did go from a size 6 to a size 4 throughout filming.
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For the photo of Andrea with her parents, Anne Hathaway posed with her own mother Kate McCauley Hathaway and David Marshall Grant.
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The book that Miranda asks Andy to retrieve for her twin daughters is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. One of the prop books used in the movie, sold in an online auction for $586, and proceeds went to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that assists more than 45,000 disadvantaged women each year as they transition into the workforce.
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Anne Hathaway prepared for the part by volunteering for a week as an assistant at an auction house.
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Six years after Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt worked together on this movie, Tucci married Blunt's sister, Felicity. Emily was a bridesmaid.
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A "Runway" issue is displayed behind Emily's desk, next to the fax machine. It features a cover with three models. It is based on the real cover of the VOGUE August 2004 issue, featuring Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, and Riley Keough.
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The recurrent need for Hermès scarves comes from the novel, as in the novel, it is Miranda's trademark that she always has a white Hermès scarf somewhere on her person.
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In one of the original drafts, Miranda explains how she started out as an assistant and worked her way up. It is also revealed where she grew up: Pearl River, New York. The scene then continues on to the scene of Miranda confessing her divorce to Andy. This, however, is not true to the book, as Miranda was born Miriam Princhek, to orthodox Jews, in the East End of London, and started off as an assistant to an English designer. She became well-known in London fashion, and started learning French at night to soon become Junior Editor of Chic magazine in Paris. At age 24, she changed her name to Miranda Priestly and replaced her rough, London accent with a sophisticated one, before spending ten years at French Runway, to be later transferred to New York City.
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Emily Blunt was discovered in a parking lot. She had been auditioning for Eragon (2006), also a production by 20th Century Fox, but was turned down after multiple callbacks, when a producer from "Devil" decided to put her on an audition tape. More than 100 actresses were considered for the part and Blunt had returned to England to recover when the Fox executives offered her another audition, this time they asked her to dress more like her character. In her tape she wore jeans and flip flops.
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Gisele Bündchen agreed to be in the movie only if she did not play a model. Stanley Tucci was one of the last actors cast. Daniel Sunjata had originally read for Tucci's part, rather unenthusiastically since he had just finished playing a similar character, but then read the Holt part and asked if he could audition for it. Simon Baker auditioned by sending a video of himself, wearing the same self-designed green jacket he has on when he and Andrea meet for the first time.
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Filmed in 57 days. The final cut was finished in three weeks.
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The novel sold over a million copies, spent ten weeks at number one, and spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list. The film was also a box-office smash hit. The novel has since been published in forty languages.
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Stanley Tucci joined the cast the weekend before his first scene on a Monday morning, after 150 other actors were considered to play Miranda's loyal, quick-witted art director. Irish talk-show host Graham Norton auditioned for the part and was the runner up. Other names considered were Javier Cámara and Thomas Lennon who turned it down because of scheduling conflicts with Reno 911! (2003).
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Writer Aline Brosh McKenna couldn't find anyone in the fashion world who'd talk to her as people were afraid to be blackballed by Anna Wintour and Vogue. She stated there was one person who spoke to her who read the script and said the characters were too nice: "No one in that world is too nice. They don't have to be, and they don't have time to be." After that, she did a pass to make everyone a bit busier and meaner.
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Production went for weeks being unable to secure locations due to people's loyalties to Anna Wintour who felt they were doing something that was detrimental or insulting to her. They worked around the fact that Meryl Streep, an admired and respected actress, wanted to do the movie. However, they couldn't secure Met Ball scenes as the Metropolitan Museum wanted nothing to do with them nor Bryant Park because of Fashion Week and co-op boards refused to let the production in on apartment buildings that were possibilities for Miranda's apartment.
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(at around 5 mins) The first bag we see Miranda carry into the office is, appropriately, a Prada bag.
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Meryl Streep almost left production during early stages, due to dissatisfaction with her salary.
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Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt later reunited on Lip Sync Battle (2015) for a "Devil Wears Prada reunion battle." Hathaway and Blunt are best friends in real-life, unlike their relationship in the film.
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Originally a spring release, until 20th Century Fox decided to launch it as counter-programming against Superman Returns (2006). In the end, "Devil" actually outdid "Superman" at the international box office.
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The Elias-Clarke Publishing building was actually the McGraw-Hill Publishing offices at 49th and 6th in midtown Manhattan.
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The original screenplay was developed before the novel was published, had four credited writers, and read as a spoof of the fashion industry similar to Zoolander (2001). When the novel became a bestseller and director David Frankel got on board, the script was changed to deal with striving for excellence and personal sacrifices for a career.
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Over a hundred sets of twins auditioned the role of Caroline and Cassidy (Miranda's daughters).
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Jennifer Aniston, Kim Basinger, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Lisa Kudrow, Helen Mirren, Tatum O'Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, and Naomi Watts were considered for the role of Miranda Priestly.
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Anne Hathaway was the ninth choice for the role of Andy, as the studio wanted an established dramatic actress over her and her then teen-oriented filmography. Hathaway persisted campaigning hard for the role all the way, going into Fox executive's offices pleading to be hired - explaining why she wanted to do it, why she had to play the role, and giving script notes. It wasn't until Meryl Streep saw her performance in Brokeback Mountain that she called the studio to advocate for Hathaway's casting in the film.
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This is the second film where one of Anne Hathaway's characters has gone through a major make-over, the first being The Princess Diaries (2001).
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Runway is a fictitious version of Vogue.
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In the book, Andy's boyfriend is Alex the teacher. In the movie, he is Nate the chef.
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In the book, author Lauren Weisberger mentions Gisele Bündchen as someone who had given Miranda a Christmas gift. Bündchen appears in the film adaptation as one of Emily's friends.
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Stephanie Szostak, who plays Jacqueline Follet, worked for the marketing department of Chanel before she became an actress.
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Rachel McAdams was offered the role of Andy Sachs three times only to turn them all down. Some of the other names considered were Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst. Juliette Lewis and Claire Danes auditioned for the role.
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3 years after this film's release, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci would go on to play wife and husband as the famous chef, Julia Child and American diplomat, Paul Child, in Julie & Julia (2009).
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The scene where Andy missed Nate's birthday and comes in with a cupcake was originally going to be that they were all going to a concert and she shows up late, but it was too expensive and the studio needed cuts. It's estimated there were around $10 million worth of scenes nixed from script for a $35 million budget, including an alternative ending for the couple and the "Florals? For spring?" bit that was saved.
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(at around 1 min) The date of Andrea's job interview shown in her appointment book is Monday, March 13, 2006.
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The role of "Nigel" was offered to Javier Cámara, but he did not accept it.
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The original adaptation was written by Peter Hedges, with Howard Michael Gould, Paul Rudnick, and Don Roos doing uncredited script revisions. It was a satirical revenge story, missing the sharp humor and felt like what you'd expect from "the typical chick flick", according to source novel writer Lauren Weisberger. Director David Frankel fought for his vision for the movie, in which Miranda is a heroine, not the villain, and that this was a coming-of-age story for Andy learning what it took to be great at something. The studio agreed and in 2004 the director hired Aline Brosh McKenna (who would go on to pen 27 Dresses and the story for Cruella) to write a fresh screenplay.
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James Naughton, who played Stephen, originally played Billy Flynn in the 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago. In the film, Andy and her father go to see Chicago on Broadway when he comes to visit Andy in New York City.
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Emily (Emily Blunt) and Nigel (Stanley Tucci) speak to each other briefly early in the film, in the first scenes in the Runway offices. The two characters don't speak to each other or even interact with each other again in the entire movie.
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This is the third film starring Anne Hathaway which features a best friend named Lily. The first two were The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).
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Anne Hathaway and Daniel Sunjata would go on to co-star in The Dark Knight Rises (2012); however, they share no scenes.
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Both Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci would star in the remake of The Witches (1990) (The Witches (2020)).
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In this movie Meryl Streep plays the boss to Emily Blunt's character. In It's Complicated (2009) Streep plays the mother-in-law to John Krasinski's character, Emily Blunt's husband.
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(at around 3 mins) At the start, when Andy walks into the office building. This is at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, on W. 49th St. New York City.
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The fourth time Anne Hathaway has played a Cinderella character, following The Princess Diaries (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).
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(at around 4 mins) In the English audio track, Nigel says Miranda is not supposed to arrive until 9. In the French audio track, she is not due to arrive until 9.15.
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When Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) first starts her Runway job she is wearing a drab blue jumper. Miranda (Streep) goes on to tell Andy about the history of "Cerulean Blue" in the fashion industry. In 2006 Anne Hathaway made the hit animation "Rio" as a voice over artist for an endangered female "Cerulean Blue Macaw" named "Jewel"
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Andrea's boyfriend, Nate, is wearing a University of Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt during the dinner scene with friends.
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Tracie Thoms (Lily) and Rich Sommer (Doug) would go on to have recurring roles on the Netflix original series Love (2016), but have no scenes together. Judd Apatow, the co-creator of that show, wrote and directed Knocked Up (2007), a film that Anne Hathaway (Andy) was originally cast in.
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(at around 51 mins) Christian is talking on the phone standing at the North-East corner of E. 30th Street and 5th Avenue, New York City.
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Marie Brandt's debut.
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Ingrid Sophie Schram's debut.
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(at around 1h 20 mins) The idea of having Miranda appear without any make-up, in the scene where she opens up to Andrea and worries about the effect of her divorce's public disclosure on her daughters, was Meryl Streep's idea.
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(at around 1h 35 mins) In the last scene between Miranda and Andy, Andy asks Miranda if the lifestyle that Miranda led wasn't what she wanted. Miranda responds, "Everyone wants this. Everyone wants to be us." The original line was, "Everyone wants to be me." However, Meryl Streep did not like this line, finding it too self-involved and dramatic. At the table reading of the script, Streep organically changed the line to "Everyone wants to be us." The line change stuck and was used in the film.
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When David Frankel was talking to Stanley Tucci about how he should react when he finds out the job his character wanted is going to someone else, he told him to act like he had been nominated for an Oscar and just heard another actors name called. Meryl Streep was standing nearby and said "Oh, I can help with that".
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(at around 1h 40 mins) The New York Mirror hires Andy. The Mirror was a real newspaper that ceased publication in 1898. It often published first editions of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Andy's eyeliner gets increasingly thicker during her time at Runway. It is at its thickest when she is in Paris getting ready for dinner with Christian. A few scenes later, when she meets Nate in the restaurant after quitting Runway, she is not wearing any eyeliner at all. It has been debated whether this is to symbolize her retreat from the fashion world.
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The film makes quite a few changes from the book. In the novel, Miranda's tyrannical nature is more obvious. In the film, they decided to tone her character down. She is still as domineering, but they thought it would be funnier if Miranda remained calm while making impossible demands. Nigel is only a minor character in the book, and a flamboyantly gay stereotype. His role is expanded in the film, and while he is probably gay, Stanley Tucci's portrayal of it is a little more subtle (glancing at men at a fashion shoot). Also in the novel, Miranda is English, and Emily is American. In the film, they're swapped around. Emily Blunt insisted Emily should be English. Finally, Lily's accident in the book becomes Emily's. Lily becomes an alcoholic after watching the effect Runway has on Andy, but instead of being hit by a taxi like Emily, she drives into one in the book.
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(at around 1h 7 mins) When Miranda tells Andy she will be going to Paris instead of Emily, Andy is wearing a Chanel necklace that has Eiffel Tower charms on it.
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The role of Miranda Priestly was originally written for Glenn Close, but Close said "I was sick of being typecasted playing villainous roles so the producers chose Meryl Streep."
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(at around 1h 11 mins) In the movie, Emily is hit by a cab which prevents her from going to Paris. In the novel, Emily contracts mono, which meant she couldn't go. In the book, Emily mentions how difficult it was to convince Miranda that mono was a real disease.
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(at around 57 mins) Nigel tells Andy that when her entire life falls apart it will be time for a promotion. It is only when she is promoted from second to first assistant that she hits rock bottom (losing her boyfriend, friends upset with her, etc.)
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At around 24 mins, Andy (Anne Hathaway) referring to Miranda, says you "should have seen the look she gave me, I thought the flesh was going to melt off her face". This is an indirect reference to Death Becomes Her (1992) which Meryl Streep also starred in.
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