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Emily Blunt would wear bloodshot contact lenses for the scenes in which she's heavily inebriated. She also wore prosthetics on her cheeks to make them look slightly plumper.
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One of the main criticisms fans had with the casting of Emily Blunt was that she was too attractive for the role of a broken and chronic alcoholic Rachel Watson. The makeup artists got around this by extensively studying the skin of actual alcoholics and applying makeup to make her look more exhausted and washed out with dark circles under her eyes and puffy cheeks. The fact that Blunt was pregnant during filming helped with the effect.
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Emily Blunt was at the beginning stage of pregnancy at the start of filming. She kept this from the cast and crew except for her friend, co-star Justin Theroux. Director Tate Taylor only found our towards the end of filming when, filming a scene of Rachel showering, he noticed her bump and confronted her, asking if she'd withheld information that he should have known. Blunt eventually had to tell him, and he agreed to keep it secret. By the time filming ended in February 2016, she was in her fifth month of pregnancy.
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Emily Blunt's confession in the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was unrehearsed. Blunt's nervousness and discomfort is completely genuine.
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By 2016, the source novel was the fastest-selling adult novel in history.
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Paula Hawkins, author of the novel, had Michelle Williams in mind for the role of Rachel Watson, which went to Emily Blunt.
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The book that this film is based on is actually set in England. In the book, Rachel Watson commutes by the train to and from London. For this film, the location was changed to New York. However, Rachel speaks with Emily Blunt's natural British accent (Emily Blunt is from London) in keeping with author Paula Hawkins' vision.
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The character of Martha, played by Lisa Kudrow, does not exist in the novel, only briefly mentioned in the latter and not by name.
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Chris Evans was attached to play Tom Watson, but scheduling conflicts with Marc Webb's Gifted (2017) forced him to drop out. Justin Theroux soon replaced him.
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The painting that Rachel Watson is looking at in an art gallery is "The Subway" by George Tooker. In real life, this painting is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. When Tooker died in 2011, his New York Times obituary called him a "painter capturing modern anxieties"--certainly an apt expression of Rachel's state of mind at the start of the movie.
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Baby Evie is played by the twin daughters of the film's director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen.
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The novel debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list. It remained in the top position for fifteen weeks, thirteen of which were consecutive. The book had sold more than 3 million copies in the United States alone as of July 2015.
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Margot Robbie was considered for the role of Megan Hipwell.
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Before she was even cast in this film, Haley Bennett had read the book while on location shooting The Magnificent Seven (2016).
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Original novelist Paula Hawkins filmed a cameo, but it was cut due to time constraints.
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The scene at about 18:50:00--where an aerial shot shows the train passing the home of Megan and Scott--uses CGI to transpose 8 or 9 homes from Macy Ave, Westchester, NY to a location 8.7 miles northwest of wetlands on the bank of the Hudson River near Freemont Pond in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The exterior shots passing the house each way must have been filmed from what was previously the fairway of the now-defunct Ridgeway Country Club.
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During the audio commentary, the director informs viewers that the psychiatrist's home is an actual Frank Lloyd Wright house in New York. It looks much like one of his buildings in the Usonia section of Pleasantville, NY.
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This is director Tate Taylor's fifth collaboration with actress Allison Janney. They previously worked together on The Help (2011), Get on Up (2014), Pretty Ugly People (2008), and the short film Chicken Party (2003).
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In the novel, Rachel has an affinity for gin and tonics, mentioning that Schweppes is her preferred brand of tonic water. In the film, Rachel is seen pouring what looks like a bottle of vodka with the Schweppes logo into her water bottle.
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On September 21, 2015, it was reported that Jared Leto and Chris Evans were in talks to join this film. Evans would play Tom Watson, Rachel's ex-husband, and Leto would play the neighbor's husband.
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In the book, Rachel Watson is chubby from being an alcoholic. Emily Blunt was pregnant with her daughter Violet during filming.
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Emily Blunt was first contacted by producer Marc Platt about the title role and only then went out to buy a copy of the book. Emily had appeared in Into the Woods (2014) co-produced by Platt.
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This film has many similarities to Alfred Hitchcock films, such as: The Lady Vanishes (1938) [the missing woman]; Rear Window (1954) [a character sees a murder happen across a distance from a window]; Psycho (1960) [the girl in the shower]; and Vertigo (1958) [the girl in the museum looking at the painting].
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The novel, and to an extent this film, are based on the real life story of Ohio woman Venessa Jane Russell, who her husband reported her missing in June 14 2000 and her skeleton remains were found in 2007. Her lover was later found guilty of her murder.
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On October 27, 2015, Justin Theroux was cast in the film to play Tom Watson, replacing Chris Evans, who left the film due to a scheduling conflict.
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At about 16 minutes into the audio commentary, the director mentions the village of Croton (on Hudson), home to the historical Croton Dam. Locals will tell you that below the dam on the banks of the Croton River, Hollywood filmed the classic Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller with suburban Westchester County standing in for the African veldt.
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On November 4, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Luke Evans had replaced Jared Leto, who left the film due to a scheduling issue.
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Principal photography on the film began on November 4, 2015, in New York City.
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The beer that Scott Hipwell is drinking the first time he and Rachel meet is Southern Tier IPA, brewed in Lakewood, NY.
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Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson have both co-starred in blockbusters with Tom Cruise: Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
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Lisa Kudrow was Jennifer Aniston's co-star on Friends (1994). Jennifer Aniston was the wife of Justin Theroux. Kudrow and Theroux had previously starred in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), but they had no scenes together.
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Rachel and Scott had coffee in a scene where they met for the first time. Coffee mugs are Finnish design from Iittala. Mugs are called "Sarjaton".
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This was the second collaboration between Lisa Kudrow and Allison Janney. The first was Janney's recurring guest role in Kudrow's series Web Therapy (2011). They share no scenes in this movie.
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Italian censorship visa # 111414 delivered on 27-10-2016.
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Luke Evans appered in Clash of the Titans (2010), while Edger Ramirez appeared 2 years later in Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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The writer of the online article Rachel reads describing the discovery of Megan's body is "Elizabeth Roderick". Elisabeth "Betty" Broderick was an affluent suburban housewife convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his new wife. There are multiple similarities to the film: She was born in Eastchester, NY (the film takes place in Westchester, NY). Much like Rachel's husband in the film, her husband had an affair with an employee, later divorcing his wife and marrying his mistress. He accused his ex of being mentally unstable. She would call repeatedly and harass the new couple, leaving hundreds of obscene and profanity-laden messages on Dan's answering machine. She ignored countless restraining orders forbidding her from setting foot on Dan's property and often showed up a their house uninvited and drunk. She vandalized his new home and even drove her car into the front door despite the fact that their children were inside at the time. Ultimately, she entered the home one night and shot the couple to death.
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In this film Rachel Watson is infertile, but Emily Blunt was pregnant during filming. This also occurred during filming of Into the Woods (2014) in which Blunt, pregnant in real life, plays a character who cannot get pregnant.
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Body count 4: Tom, Megan, her infant child, and her unborn child.
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