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The Ides of March (2011) Poster

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Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) says about a slur on his opponent, "I don't care if it's true. I just want to hear him denying it." This is a reference to a statement attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson, who allegedly referred to an opponent as having carnal knowledge of farm animals. When an aide said he couldn't say that because it wasn't true, Johnson replied, "I know but I just want to hear him deny it."
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Brad Pitt was cast as Paul Zara but was replaced by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of the role of Stephen Meyers, but stayed on as executive producer through his company Appian Way. Chris Pine was then considered before Ryan Gosling was cast.
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The Ides of March was the day (March 15) that Julius Caesar was assassinated. In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" before being stabbed to death, Caesar is told by a Soothsayer: "Beware the ides of March."
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As stated in the DVD audio commentary, the bar where Stephen meets Tom Duffy is called Head First and is located directly across from the Cincinnati Reds baseball stadium. It's named for Pete Rose, who would slide head first. Paul Giamatti, who plays Tom Duffy, is the son of the late Bart Giamatti, who as Commissioner of baseball imposed the lifetime ban on Pete Rose.
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Some of Governor Mike Morris's (George Clooney) campaign posters are inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic "Hope" poster, used during Barack Obama's campaign in 2008. The AP photograph that Fairey used in "Hope" was taken at a 2006 press conference in which then Sen. Obama shared a stage with fellow Senator Sam Brownback and George Clooney, who had just returned from Sudan. Indeed, the image in the "Hope" poster is of Obama listening to Clooney speak.
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After watching Morris stating on a video that extremism cannot be faced with more extremism and that America should understand why its enemies behave as such, Ryan Gosling's character mockingly says "Hello, my name is Neville Chamberlain and I'd like to be your Commander-in-chief". This is a reference to the attitude of the British Prime Minister who, before World War II, blindly believed he could negotiate with Hitler towards peace, with disastrous consequences.
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Many of Mike Morris' supporters carry signs that say "I Like Mike", a reference to the slogan "I like Ike", which was popular when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.
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Several times in the movie, characters ask young interns if they are "Bearcats," which refers to the University of Cincinnati. George Clooney attended the University of Cincinnati (briefly), though he never graduated from college.
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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In a title tussle, Sony originally wanted to use the play's more recognizable moniker for U.S. audiences, but wound up going with George Clooney's choice, "The Ides of March". "Farragut North" debuted off-Broadway in 2008.
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Opening film at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
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The film's cast includes three Oscar winners: George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei and two Oscar nominees: Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti.
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George Clooney grew up in the greater Cincinnati area where the movie was filmed.
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Jennifer Ehle plays George Clooney's character's wife. In the film Michael Clayton, where Clooney played the title role, she played his girlfriend but all of her scenes were cut, although they are included in the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD.
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The only film that year nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and not Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Double Vision".
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Ryan Gosling and Jacob Sullivan wrote a yet unproduced screenplay together during filming.
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This is George Clooney's only directorial effort set in modern day.
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George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright and Max Minghella all previously appeared in Syriana (2005).
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Marisa Tomei and Ryan Gosling later starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) and The Big Short (2015).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

After Molly's funeral, when Stephen and Paul are talking outside their cars, Stepehn suggests that Paul look for work at Farragut North, and Paul is unsure. Farragut North is the name of the play from which this film is adapted, and was the original working title for this film before George Clooney changed it to The Ides of March
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