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(2009)

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The original Dorian Gray has blond hair.
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A famous line from The Importance of Being Earnest, also written by Oscar Wilde, is incorporated in the script, and spoken by Lord Henry Wotton: "The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain." In the play, which premiered several years after the publication of the novel this film is based on, the line is spoken by Algernon.
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Unlike the movie poster, Dorian Gray does not have blue eyes but brown.
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Director Oliver Parker has previously directed two other films based on works by Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband (1999) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002). The latter of these also stars Colin Firth as one of the leads.
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Actors Ben Barnes and Colin Firth previously appeared together in Easy Virtue (2008).
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Colin Firth and Emilia Fox, who play a married couple in this film, also starred as family members in the 1995 BBC Production of Pride and Prejudice (1995); only in that film, they were siblings.
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This is the second film starring Rachel Hurd-Wood (Sybil Vane) that involves an eternally youthful male lead. The first was Peter Pan (2003).
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In Marvel's The Punisher (2017), episode The Punisher: Kandahar (2017), Billy Russo, played by Ben Barnes (who also plays Dorian Gray in this film), is seen reading the book 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. Both characters parallel each other, as both spend value in their good looks.
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Colin Firth (Lord Henry Wotton) has worked on another project that involved Oscar Wilde: Colin played the character of Reggie Turner in the movie The Happy Prince (2018). The movie is about the latter years of Oscar Wilde's life.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original novel Sibyl Vane commits suicide by poison whereas in this movie adaption she does it by drowning.
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In the novel, Lord Henry does not set the picture on fire as the film suggests. Also, the picture is not on fire when Dorian stabs it.
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In the novel, Dorian does not try to kill Lord Henry.
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