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The author, John Green, makes a cameo as the voice of the shotgun-wielding father of Becca.
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In the book, Angela does not (and is never asked to) go on the road trip.
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Cara Delevingne's audition for the role of Margo was outstanding according to John Green (book author), "Cara Delevingne's audition blew everyone away (including me!) and she understands Margo profoundly. I am so excited!" Mr. Green tweets in mid-September.
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Cara Delevingne wasn't the only person considered for the role of Margo. Shailene Woodley was originally cast, but had to drop out due to clash of filming schedules with Insurgent. John Green said he would have chosen Emma Blackery, a fellow YouTuber, for the role, but he admitted the casting wasn't up to him.
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When Margo and Q are dancing in the SunTrust Building, the background music is an instrumental version of the song, "Lady in Red" (by Chris de Burgh). In Q's dream sequence scene, Margo appears to him in a red dress.
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Margo R.S's black notebook plays a big part in the book while in the movie it is shown as an easter egg at the end of the movie.
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In an interview, the cast admits that the scene wherein Q, Radar and Ben sang the Pokémon theme song was added to the movie per Halston Sage and Justice Smith suggestion.
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Does not have the same ending as book.
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In the book, Margo and Quentin complete eleven tasks instead of nine.
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Cara Delevingne's reaction to finding out she got cast was quite emotional, "I was actually by myself, which was a bit sad," Cara discusses. "I was in a hotel room, getting ready for work and I got a call," she continues. "I just started crying. It was too much." Afterwards, after the news sank in, she excitedly tweeted,'Thank you so much guys!! I am so excited! Ahhhh! X'
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The "SeaWorld" scene from the novel will not be seen in the movie. This is because the movie "Blackfish" had made people rethink SeaWorld and captivity. If the SeaWorld scene were in the movie, people would possibly boycott and the box office would be low. The screenplay writers decided it would be best to not put the SeaWorld scene in.
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John Green stated in a vlog that he ruined one of the takes by yelling when he found out that his long time favourite football team (Liverpool) was drawn to play against AFC Wimbledon- the team nerdfighteria (vlogbrother fans) sponsors. Green attended this game, supporting AFC Wimbledon who lost.
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In the gas station scene Ansel Elgort plays the gas station attendant. He also played Gus in The Fault in Our Stars. Another movie based off a John Green book like Paper Towns.
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The movie was released approximately 7 years after the novel was released.
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In the beginning of the movie, it showed flashbacks of Margo crawling out her bedroom window and Quentin seeing her from his. In the flashback, the houses were next to each other by the way the windows were facing. Later in the movie, we see Margo go to her house which is now across the street from Quentin's when actually, Quentin can see her bedroom window from his because each of their bedrooms are upstairs at the front of the house AND their houses are across the street from one another.
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Jake Schreier, director of the movie, had said that Cara Delevingne's audition for the role of Margo was 'something special'.
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Cara Delevingne has dyed her hair from blonde to brown for the part.
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Cara Delevingne spoke in an American accent in the movie, although she naturally has a southern British accent.
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An alternate scene had the characters singing "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift instead of the Pokemon theme song when they are in the abandoned travel center.
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In the book, Q is given his own car as a graduation present from his parents. It is his own car he uses for the road trip not his parents. Although this scene was shot and is seen in one of the trailers, it is not in the feature film.
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Author John Green is a big fan of The Mountain Goats and listened to their music extensively while writing the novel 'Paper Towns'. In the book, The Mountain Goats are Q's favorite band. In the movie, a poster for The Mountain Goats album 'Transcendental Youth' can be seen over Q's bed. The Mountain Goats are also featured on the soundtrack.
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Paper Towns will be a Fox 2000 film, just like The Fault In Our Stars, both movies are novel adaptions by John Green.
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The scenes shot at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC were shot in December even though it was warm Florida weather in the movie. School was in session at the time. Props even covered the bottom part of a bare winter tree at the school to make it appear in season. Also the New York State road sign in the movie was actually erected on the side on the Kannapolis Parkway highway in Kannapolis, NC (which is just north of but connected to Concord). That scene was shot in the middle of the night without any of the actors present.
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John Green (author of the novel which will be adapted) is an executive producer for the movie.
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Nat Wolff was also in the other John Green movie "The Fault In Our Stars"
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Whilst working in the producer's room, executive producer John Green was listening to Taylor Swift's album 1989.
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Cara Delevingne (Margo R. S.) isn't just an actress, she is one of the highest paid models in the world. She made millions of dollars in 2014 with modeling work alone.
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In the book, Radar wears contacts, whereas in the movie, he wears glasses.
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In an appearance on The Graham Norton Show to promote this movie, Cara Delevingne said she had been asked to produce her audition tapes by other actors to prove that she could act. She didn't specify whether it was her audition for this movie or for another.
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This movie is an adaption from a novel with the same name, written by John Green.
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Q, Ben and Radar sing the Pokemon theme song while in the strip mall. On November 2017, it was announced that Justice (who played Radar in this film) will be part of the first live action Pokemon film, Detective Pikachu.
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Radar, Q and Ben sing the Pokémon theme song at the abandoned gift shop while looking for clues on Margo's whereabouts. Justice Smith stars in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).
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When Q arrives at the party, Ben can be heard exclaiming, "Valar morghulis!" from Game of Thrones (2011), which translates to, "All men must die" while holding aloft a sword made from beer cans. Austin Abrams also appears on The Walking Dead and is killed by a sword in episode 609 The Walking Dead: No Way Out (2016).
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In the book, Q and his friends find Margo in an abandoned general store in Agloe, NY. Margo gets very angry at Lacey, insults Ben, and tells Q she didn't really want him to come look for her. Quentin sticks around even though his friends go to a motel. He and Margo connect after a screaming match and kiss. Margo asks Q to go with her to NY, but Q says no. They promise to write and call each other, and then they go their separate ways. In the movie, Q finds her alone by accident. She is not nearly as angry at him; she even buys him a milkshake.
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In the book, Margo has a notebook that she writes all of her plans in. She reveals to Quentin that she wrote a story about her and Q solving a crime when she was younger. She also admits that she had a crush on him and that is why he was her partner-in-crime in her story. Margo explains that she picked Q to be the get away driver for her revenge plot because she wanted him to be like the fearless boy in her story. The notebook appears only as an Easter egg towards the end of the movie when Q finds Margo.
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Even though she is one of the stars of the movie, Cara Delevingne appears in the movie for around 20 minutes.
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In the movie, Q and his friends race to find Margo and get home in time for prom. In the book, they head out to find Margo immediately after graduation. In fact, Q never even went to prom; he instead hung out in the abandoned building where Margo had spray painted, "you will go to paper towns and you will never come back."
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In the book Quentin finds Margo in an abandoned farm in Agloe, in the movie, Quentin found her randomly.
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In the book Quentin doesn't attend prom, he states several times how he despises it.
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This film was filmed in Mooresville NC. You can see the street signs in the background. Also multiple neighborhoods in Mooresville, NC such as; Cherry Grove and Waterlynn. While watching you can see the old gas station on Church St. along with the well know blue and black tie truck out front. The is also some shots with Epic Chop house in the background along with the famous yellow car painted on the side of the building.
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In the book the road trip starts the day of the graduation, on the movie the road trip starts the day after the party.
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Ansel Elgort who portrayed Augustus Waters in "The Fault in Our Stars" also by John Green makes a cameo appearance as a gas station cashier. Elgort's character is named Gus, and funnily enough, the guy in the building that Margo and Q visit is named Gus as well.
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In the book there's a small party at Radar's house, in the movie the party at Radar's house is never done.
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Some differences between the movie and the book: 1. The IM-ing thing which is an essential part of the book because that is the way the characters communicate. 2. The graduation-ditching part. 3. The Ressurection Game stuff. 4. The time when Q's parents gave him a Key as a present but it turns out that it is just a duplicate of the minivan.
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In the book when the van spins out on the trip to Agloe, there is damage to the sliding door. In the movie the side of the van stays intact.
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The English teacher, Jay Duplass, foreshadowed the movie, talking about the whale in Moby Dick, while Q was not paying attention, daydreaming out the window. The whale was like Margo
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Margo R. S. found out about 'paper towns' in a book referred to as 'amazing facts' when she was 10 years old.
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