Trivia / One Hour Photo

  • Actor Allusion
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Robin Williams dyed his hair blond for the role.
  • Fake Nationality: Korean-American Paul H. Kim plays Japanese-American Yoshi Araki.
  • One of Us: The Evangelion toy Sy gives Jake was Robin's idea; Neon Genesis Evangelion is his favorite anime. The toy is even from his own collection. It was also Williams' idea for him to mispronounce the name, as Sy wouldn't know it and Jake wouldn't be inclined to correct him, if he even knew himself.
  • Playing with Character Type: Sy functions as a sort of deconstruction of Robin Williams' character types. Sy, like a lot of his characters desperately wants love and validation from those around him, but here it's shown as pathetic and creepy instead of funny and heartwarming, and the lengths he'll go for it are inherently dangerous.
  • Technology Marches On: A case that actually adds a lot to the film, as Sy would have soon been out of a job anyway with the move toward digital photography (which is even mentioned during the film).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The character of Sy was written with Jack Nicholson in mind. After he turned down the role, Robin Williams (who had been cast as the boss Bill at the time) volunteered to take the part.
    • Trent Reznor was asked to write music for the film, but the director chose not to use his songs. Some of them were rewritten and included on the NIN album Still.