Trivia / The Descendants

The film

  • Career Resurrection: After falling out of the Hollywood limelight in the early-2000s, Matthew Lillard's well-received role as the man Elizabeth was cheating with got him back on the radar and lined him up with several other dramatic live-action roles, including a stint on FX's The Bridge and playing antagonist to Clint Eastwood in Trouble With The Curve
  • Casting Gag: A running joke during the early parts of the book is Matt expressing bewilderment at Scottie's choice of t-shirts. One of which simply features the words "Mrs Clooney".
  • Creator Cameo: The original author of the book Kaui Hart Hemmings plays Matt's secretary.
  • The Danza: Almost. Judy Greer plays Julie Speer.
  • Dawson Casting: Shailene Woodley was twenty-one playing the seventeen-year-old Alex. Nick Krause was nineteen as Sid, who is implied to be the same age as Alex.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • George Clooney garnered arguably the most praise of his career for playing a character who is neither the slyest or most intelligent man in the room, but just a stressed-out father dealing with his dying wife and estranged children. Clooney took the part precisely for this reason.
    • Similarly, Matthew Lillard proved he can play a straight, dramatic role against an A-lister and got a Career Resurrection out of it.
    • Judy Greer, usually known for her comedic roles, gives a suprisingly understated and powerful performance.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Amanda Seyfried auditioned for Alex, but was turned down for being considered too old to play a seventeen-year-old. Kristen Stewart also auditioned for the same role.
    • Miles Teller lobbied hard for the role of Sid. This would mark a third collaboration between him and good friend Shailene Woodley before The Spectacular Now and Divergent.
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