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Nicole Kidman created the "trashy" look of Charlotte herself, as the budget lacked money for a make-up assistant. This was the first time Kidman did her own make-up on a film.
In 2014, Nicole Kidman said that the only time she has gone method and stayed in character throughout a shoot was during this production.
Nicole Kidman improvised the dance scene between her and Zac Efron. Efron described filming the scene as "the moment I became a man".
Received a 15 minute standing ovation at the premiere Cannes Film Festival, which brought Lee Daniels and Zac Efron to tears.
Pedro Almodóvar was several times approached to helm this project and seriously considered to make it his first English-speaking feature. He finally declined but, allegedly, he participated in early versions of the script.
Peter Dexter, author of the novel, dislikes the film.
Alex Pettyfer was first choice for the role of Jack.
Lee Daniels wanted Nicole Kidman's character to say the N-word, but Kidman refused.
Tobey Maguire was cast as Ward but dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.
Oprah Winfrey turned down the role of Anita Chester.
Nicole Kidman began filming Stoker (2013) a week after wrapping this film.
Casting director for this Lee Daniels film is "Leah Daniels-Butler" (Leah Daniels Butler). The director's next film is The Butler (2013), aka "Lee Daniels' The Butler".
It was announced on the 2nd May that The Paperboy's theme song was written and recorded by Mariah Carey and is called Mesmerized.
At the beginning of the movie, at about 7:20; the gal with the brown and white stripped shirt, sitting down on the couch, closes her legs when the camera pans on her. This seems to be a reaction to the camera as opposed to a script.
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John Cusak's character calls David Oyelowo's character Martin Luther King. Two years later, David Oyelowo started as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.
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In the beginning of the movie, 3:36-3:37, Zac Efron seems to have a similar jump, when jumping off the pick up truck, as he did in High School Musical 2. This can be compared to the scene when he jumps off the cliff, in one of his scenes, in the single, "Bet On It"
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The sex scene between Nicole Kidman and John Cusack was shot on Kidman's first day of filming.
Nicole Kidman has said that she will never reveal the amount of authenticity in the scene that features urine.

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