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(2009)

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The opening video with the prank calls is a real video shot by Judd Apatow when he and Adam Sandler were younger. The two other people appearing in this video are Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller.
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Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler are former roommates. The footage seen in the opening sequence was recorded back then. Sandler would regularly make prank phone calls, and one day Apatow decided to start filming them.
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Adam Sandler turned down the role of Donny in Inglourious Basterds (2009) to play George Simmons in this film. Eli Roth took over the Donny role.
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The plot of the film and its characters are loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby", including a character named Daisy.
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Judd Apatow made Clarke (Eric Bana) Australian to allow Bana to improvise more easily.
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Adam Sandler said he felt guilty about saying such filthy jokes in the film about women, because of his two young daughters at home.
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The scene where George Simmons (Adam Sandler) asks to see Ira's (Seth Rogen's) penis is based on real-life. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow used to be roommates. According to Apatow, Sandler actually told Apatow: "Let me see your penis". (Apatow actually told this story to David Letterman on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) in 2007.)
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Judd Apatow has said that if Adam Sandler had not been able to take the role as George Simmons, he would have most likely cast either Paul Rudd or Jason Bateman.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Judd Apatow): (family): Leslie Mann plays mother to her real-life daughters with Apatow: Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow, just as she did in Knocked Up (2007) and This Is 40 (2012).
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The film's soundtrack features songs from each of The Beatles' solo careers. Adam Sandler performs a cover of John Lennon's song "Real Love" at about the halfway point of the movie during his paid jam session.
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Judd Apatow had Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza, and Jonah Hill write their own material for their stand-up routines. Apatow then filmed them performing that material.
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The characters of George and Ira were written specifically for Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
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This features Eminem's first acting performance in a film since 8 Mile (2002).
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Judd Apatow): (Raymond): Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) is mentioned in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), and this movie. Ray Romano appears as himself, and the object of Eminem's disdain in this movie.
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Randy (Aziz Ansari) proved to be so popular on the set with the cast and crew, that Judd Apatow shot a Randy "documentary", and is developing a Randy feature film. Ansari also incorporated Randy into his regular stand-up act. Ansari has said that he based Randy on Soulja Boy. He imagined, "What if Soulja Boy was a stand-up comedian?", and wrote jokes based on that idea.
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When Ira (Seth Rogen) is playing the mix he made for George (Adam Sandler), George objects to the first song because Bob Marley died of cancer, which reminds George of his own medical condition. Actually, all three of the songs that Ira plays have a strong connection to a famous man who died of cancer: in addition to the Bob Marley song, he plays "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which is most famous for its prominent inclusion in the movie Dirty Dancing (1987) (that movie's star, Patrick Swayze, was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer while this movie was being filmed, and he died in September 2009), and next, he plays "Keep Me In Your Heart" by Warren Zevon, who died of lung cancer in 2003.
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In the film, Eric Bana (Clarke) jokes about how Cameron Diaz is hotter than Leslie Mann (Laura). Leslie Mann would go on to co-star with Diaz in The Other Woman (2014), where her husband cheated on her, with Diaz.
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The cameo by James Taylor, at the MySpace show, at which George and Ira perform, was originally intended for Bruce Springsteen.
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Jason Schwartzman based his character on people that he knew, saying "There's a couple of people who I've seen rise to fame too quickly before my own eyes."
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According to the audio commentary, Paul Thomas Anderson did an uncredited edit of the film. He did get a "Thank you" in the credits, however.
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George (Adam Sandler) and Ira (Seth Rogen) are named after the Composer and Lyricist brothers George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
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When Ira (Seth Rogen) talks about his camp experience at a camp called "Mahaneh Miriam", this is a reference to the camp, to which Rogen went, while growing up. This camp is a Jewish camp located in British Columbia affiliated to the youth movement, "Habonim Dror".
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Seth Rogen first started doing stand-up comedy at the age of thirteen.
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The scene in which Ira (Seth Rogen) is waiting for George (Adam Sandler) to pick him up for the MySpace gig, he is talking to Leo and Mark on the balcony. During the shot of Ira speaking, you can see a Green Hornet poster on the dresser in the back. Seth Rogen starred in The Green Hornet (2011).
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As he doesn't consider himself as a very visual director, Judd Apatow hired Janusz Kaminski to bring some visual panache to the film.
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In Knocked Up (2007), there is a scene where the guys are sitting around talking about that, if they "got laid", it was because of Eric Bana in Munich (2005). Bana also appears in this film, and coincidentally (or perhaps not), the Director of Photography on Munich (2005) and this film, is Janusz Kaminski. Barry Mendel, one of the Producers of Munich (2005), is also a Producer on this film as well.
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Judd Apatow considered Bill Hader for the role of Mark, but decided to give it to Jason Schwartzman instead.
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Although billed prominently, Eric Bana appears only in the last third of the film.
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All featured footage of a younger George Simmons is real footage of a younger Adam Sandler, although all of the movies of George Simmons are fake.
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Judd Apatow wrote this film specifically for his friend, Adam Sandler.
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The recurring mention of Ira Wright's weight loss, is a reference to Seth Rogen's own weight loss for The Green Hornet (2011).
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Ira makes a joke about Robin Williams slitting his wrists while on stage. Williams took his own life five years after the movie came out.
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Adam Sandler had previously worked with Leslie Mann in Big Daddy (1999).
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The film features Warren Zevon songs "Keep Me in Your Heart" and "Numb as a Statue" from the 2003 Album "The Wind". Zevon began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and it was released just two weeks before his death.
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RZA appears in this film. The opening scene of Knocked Up (2007) is set to the song "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by Ol' Dirty Bastard, which was co-written and produced by the RZA.
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The apartment, in which Ira (Seth Rogen), Leo (Jonah Hill), and Mark (Jason Schwartzman) live, are the Larchmont Lofts, on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Larchmont Boulevard, in Hollywood, California.
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Carla Gallo, the actress who plays Miss Pruitt starred in a television show called Undeclared (2001) which was produced by director Judd Apatow and also starred Seth Rogen. Both Leslie Mann and Adam Sandler were on an episode of the show.
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When George (Adam Sandler) goes to talk to Ira (Seth Rogen) at the deli, Ira is standing behind a dark red menu. When he walks away, you clearly see that one of the dishes listed is "chopped liver".
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Leo Koenig (Jonah Hill) wore a De La Soul t-shirt. Their producer, Prince Paul, was in another group Gravediggaz, with RZA, who appeared in this movie.
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Clarke (Eric Bana) is, like Bana himself, an Australian rules football fan, particularly of St Kilda, a team representing the inner Melbourne suburb of the same name, playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) and nicknamed the Saints. The match that is shown in the film is the 2008 semifinal between St Kilda and intra-city rival Collingwood, whom Clarke despises, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. St Kilda won that game by 34 points.

Bana attended the 2009 AFL Grand Final (the AFL Grand Final is constantly one of the biggest events on the Australian annual sports calendar), which St Kilda was played against Victorian rival Geelong. (Geelong unfortunately won by twelve points after St Kilda had led for most of the match.) In 2010, St Kilda again made it to the Grand Final and faced Collingwood as they did in the film. In a heartrending ending, with St Kilda trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, Saints star Lenny Hayes' long kick forward narrowly missed teammate Stephen Milne and bounced for a behind to tie the score. Had Milne been able to collect the pass, he likely would have kicked a goal instead to give St Kilda the lead. The game ended tied at 68, and a rare replay was scheduled for the following Saturday - October 2, 2010 - and Collingwood won by 56 points. To this day, St Kilda has yet to add to their only AFL Premiership, won in 1966, but in 2010, St Kilda also named Bana their number one ticket holder.
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The movies scores used in George (Adam Sandler)'s fictional films are recycled scores from other movies such as Bedtime Stories (2008), which stars Adam Sandler and The Cat in the Hat (2003), which is a comedy also produced by Universal Pictures.
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Although two major studios (Universal and Sony Pictures) co-financed the film, Universal itself distributed the film in all territories and Sony only had the role as a production company in the film.
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Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler also worked together on episode 1.5, Undeclared: The Assistant (2001), of Undeclared (2001).
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Jonah Hill and Carla Gallo have appeared in five films together - Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Get Him to the Greek (2010), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Funny People (2009).
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When Ira (Seth Rogen) is on stage, he makes a joke about Robin Williams slitting his wrist on stage attempting suicide. Five years after the movie was released, Williams committed suicide.
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When Ira is in his room right before George (Adam Sandler) picks him up in the limo there is a poster of The Green Hornet on the wall. Seth Rogen goes on to play The Green Hornet in the 2011 film, The Green Hornet (2011).
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Clarke (Eric Bana) thinks Cameron Diaz is hot. She appeared in Charlie's Angels (2000) with Drew Barrymore who did three movies with Adam Sandler.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Adam Sandler said, in interviews shown in the credits of Australian pay television viewings, that casting Eric Bana made the fight sequence more realistic, especially because the Australian would be seen as the stronger combatant.
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Leslie Mann's daughters in this film are the same daughters she had in the movie Knocked Up (2007) which starred Seth Rogen and herself..they happen to be her real daughters with her husband director of both movies Judd Apatow.
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