Amy Adams said writer/director Spike Jonze would essentially lock her and Joaquin Phoenix in a room together for an hour or two every other day, and make them talk to each other. Jonze did this so that the actors could get to know each other better. Adams credits this for her and Phoenix's close friendship.
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Samantha Morton was originally the voice of Samantha. She was present on the set with Joaquin Phoenix every day. After the filming wrapped and Spike Jonze started editing the movie, he felt like something was not right. With Morton's blessing, he decided to recast the role and Scarlett Johansson was brought and replaced Morton, re-recording all the dialogue.
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Most of the city backgrounds, especially the ones featuring skyscrapers, are actually filmed in Shanghai. You can see many very identifiable skyscrapers such as the Shanghai World Financial Center. There are even Chinese signs if you look carefully.
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Director Spike Jonze so loved his role as Alien Child that he would often give notes to his editor and producer in character.
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Stuck in the editing process with his early 150-minute cut, Spike Jonze asked Steven Soderbergh to edit it down with his instincts. Soderbergh came back within 24 hours with a 90-minute cut, which helped Jonze make the final version which ran 126 minutes.
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This is the only movie Spike Jonze has written as well as directed, completely from his own original script.
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Charlie Kaufman did some uncredited screenwriting on the film.
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Spike Jonze said he met with the design team behind The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan's West Side, to discuss the futuristic look of his Her (2013). He also revealed that he was inspired by the colors at Jamba Juice.
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The airplane sculpture shown in a square outside Pacific Design Center was entirely made in CGI. There's no such sculpture on the real location in West Hollywood.
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During some of the more emotional scenes, Amy Adams would sing songs from famous musicals like Annie (1982) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) in order to cheer herself up. Eventually, Joaquin Phoenix would join in and they would sing together. However, they stopped after they saw Spike Jonze filming them.
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Most of the scenes in the movie contain various warm shades ranging from red to orange and to yellow.
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The apartment scenes have all been filmed on location. In order to get the best lighting conditions possible Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema decided to change all windows surrounding the apartment on the 34th floor. Additionally he decided to install large mirrors on the helicopter platform of the skyscraper across the street. This gave him the possibility to bounce back sunlight into the apartment.
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Woody Allen was a big influence on the film's script. "One of the movies I watched when I was writing Her (2013) was Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) because that script is so incredibly written," Jonze explained. "There's a lot of talking about the idea of what the movie is about, but mostly the characters are plowing through the story, and taking you through the story, with their decisions. That was really inspiring."
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One legacy of Samantha Morton's casting is the name of Theodore's operating system. Both lead female roles take the same name as their lead actresses, Amy from actress Amy Adams and Samantha from Morton, but since she had to be re-cast at the last minute, the OS's name stayed Samantha.
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As of July 2019 Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix who play a married/divorced couple in the movie are engaged to be married.
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Sofia Coppola won the 2003 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Lost in Translation (2003) which was loosely inspired by her relationship with her then-husband Spike Jonze (played by Giovanni Ribisi in the film). Ten years later, Jonze would win the same award for "Her;" both films star Scarlett Johansson.
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During the set-up routine for the Samantha personal assistant OS, the main character is asked about his mother. His attempted answer is cut off, the synthesised voice says the process is finished, and the programme abruptly ends. This recalls the pioneering AI project ELIZA, created in the mid-1960s, which spoofed meaningful free-form communication by responding to specific verbal cues in human conversation. ELIZA initially stumped the scientific community as to how it pulled this illusion off, but was busted when challengers proposed metaphors and ELIZA answered in non sequiturs. The textbook example is: "Human: 'I've been thinking that necessity is the mother of invention.' ELIZA: 'Interesting. Tell me about your mother.'"
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Her (2013) is dedicated to the memories of actor James Gandolfini, author Maurice Sendak, cinematographer Harris Savides and musician-filmmaker Adam Yauch. (All four had worked with director Spike Jonze in some capacity over the last 20 years.)
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When Spike Jonze wrote the first draft he didn't know the title of the movie and was about to FedEx it to a couple of people to read. He put "Untitled Rick Howard Project" on the cover. It then, "went out to [Spike's] agent, Warner Brothers and then from that point on for a year and a half every email, every contract was regarding 'Untitled Rick Howard Project' and no one knew who Rick Howard was". Rick Howard is one of four partners in Girl Skateboards with Spike Jonze. Spike has said he would drive up to the studio, the security guard would stop him and he would say "I'm with Rick Howard." The security guard would say, "You're with Rick Howard? OK go on."
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When Samantha is helping Theo at work with proof-reading of some letters she says ".. but I'm not much of a poet so I think I might have messed them up a bit". This may be a reference to an Alan Turing paper on Computing and Artificial Intelligence in which he proposes a possible test of a computer's intelligence by posing questions which the computer answers. He proposes the following question and answer as an example: Q: Please write me a sonnet on the subject of the Forth Bridge. A: Count me out on this one. I never could write poetry.
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Chris Cooper filmed a few scenes but his role ended up completely cut from the final movie.
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Carey Mulligan was originally cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Rooney Mara.
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Samantha Morton, who voiced Samantha during the film's production and was replaced by Scarlett Johansson after principal photography wrapped, is credited as an associate producer on the movie.
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Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has a cameo and can be seen in the beginning of the party scene.
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A sign can be seen behind Theo while walking down the streets that reads "brunner," styled in the iconic Blade Runner (1982) font.
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Scarlett Johansson previously voiced an operating system dating her male owner in Robot Chicken: Donkey Punch (2006).
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In the movie Theo is shown looking at a Maurice Sendak sketch which is dated 3-5-07. Jonze was working with him at that time.
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Chris Cooper, who was cut from the film altogether, is thanked in the end credits. So, too, are Catherine Keener, Nicole Holofcener, Bennett Miller and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As Mark Harris revealed in the recent New York Magazine cover story on Her (2013), Jonze asked Soderbergh to put together his own cut of the film, though the final edit belonged to Jonze and his editors, Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan.
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Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix were friends since this movie was filmed, before they started dating in 2016, they got engaged in 2019 and in 2020 it was announced that Mara, is expecting their first child together.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to be nominated in any of the acting categories.
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No one is seen to be wearing a belt at any point during the film.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song.
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Comedian Pete Holmes had a role, but was cut out in the final cut.
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Chosen by The Film Society of Lincoln Center as the featured film to close its prestigious New York Film Festival on October 13, 2013, in NYC.
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Samantha is the name of a text-to-speech setting on Macintosh computers that closely resembles the voice of pre-iOS7 Siri, Apple's virtual assistant for iPhone.
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When Samantha mentions a group of os's created a hyper-intelligence of Alan Watts who died in the 1970s, there is actually an organization that preserves the legacy of Watts called The Alan Watts Organization. The AWO is an off-shoot of the Electronic Library. Alan Wilson Watts, Born: January 6, 1915, Chislehurst; Died: November 16, 1973, Mount Tamalpais
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The second of two films that Spike Jonze had directed in the last 11 years, the first being Where the Wild Things Are (2009).
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In the first panoramic shot of the future L.A. skyline you can clearly see the Westin Bonaventure Hotel with its distinctive 5 towers.
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The name of the service Theodore works for is 'Beautiful Handwritten Letters.com'. Theodore's title is Letter Writer #Six-Twelve.
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The pen used to sign the divorce paper is a Rapidograph, which is used for technical drawing and drafting.
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Two former Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members have their voices featured in Her (2013) as does one of Jonze's "Adaptation" co-stars.
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The DVD has the extra film called "Her: Love in the Modern Age". In it there are discussions of people's experience about love, of which one is Marc Maron who is in 2019's "Joker" with Joaquin Phoenix.
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In 2010, Spike Jonze directed a short film I'm Here. The same year Joaquin Phoenix starred in a similarly titled film I'm Still Here.
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At one point, Theo tells Samantha "no, I think this is the one you sent me down where I fell in the pit" while playing a video game. Chris pratt, who plays receptionist Paul, played a character in Parks and Rec who broke both legs falling in a pit.
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In a 2016 BBC poll of 177 critics around the world, Her was voted the 84th-greatest film since 2000.
Several scenes included fictional video games; these sequences were developed by animation artist David OReilly. His work on the film inspired him to explore developing his own video games, eventually leading to his first title, Mountain.
Her also won Best Film and Best Director for Jonze at the National Board of Review Awards, and the American Film Institute included the film in its list of the top ten films of 2013.
The film takes place in 2017 and 2077.
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