Trivia / Shutter Island

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio feels uneasy on a ship. Bad memories, perhaps? Additionally, the actor's mother is German.
    • He also had considerable angst about his dead wife in Inception, released the same year. In both movies he turns out to be responsible for said wife's death.
  • Fake American: British actress Emily Mortimer as American Rachel Solando.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The shooting of the Nazi guards at Dachau camp did indeed happen when it was liberated by the Americans on April 29th 1945.
    • The pen Teddy uses is a particular brand of ballpoint that was released in 1954 and quickly made fountain pens obsolete. The brand was Parker Jotter, the same one Teddy uses in the film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Wolf of Wall Street was going to be made before this. When financing fell through, Scorcese opted to make Shutter Island instead.
    • Josh Brolin and Robert Downey Jr were considered for the role of Chuck before Mark Ruffalo was cast.
    • It was going to be released in late 2009, presumably submitting it for Oscar consideration. But Paramount were already campaigning for Up in the Air and The Lovely Bones instead - and so it was pushed back to February 2010.
  • Word of Dante: The film's psychiatric advisor claims that Teddy chose to be lobotomised as Andrew Laeddis, deciding it to be an adequate punishment for his crimes.
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