YOU'RE in the REAL Truman ShowThe director knew you were getting paranoid and suspicious about how artificial this world you're in is. This film was their latest effort to dissuade you from questioning how real your reality is.
Truman will return to the showAfter living for his entire life in a carefully conditioned environment, he won't be able to handle the real world, or more specifically, the celebrity status he will get from it. He has no real abilities to speak of; they presumably didn't challenge him in school because they wanted him to pass. Even assuming he meets up with Sylvia and that she helps him out, he'll eventually have a breakdown and return to the show.
Sea Haven will be reused for a sequel called "The Newman Show" with a new protagonist.
Dog Fancy contains real world news, rather than the fake news that the Island would always receive in its paper - which Truman would pick up.
The Truman Show (the show itsself, not the movie), is trying to attract a Periphery Demographic of Yaoi Fangirls.
The show is being filmed inside a Geofront from Evangelion.
The film states that Truman is the first child to be adopted by a corporation. Does this mean that there are other "shows"?
Truman has always noticed something wasn't right about his hometown and its people.
Truman has never heard a swear word
Other children in Truman's classes were kept out of the loop while on the show
The teacher on the show was extremely stressed out.Think about it - every educator in the world is watching you - every single class - and evaluating your teaching style.
Some people worshipped Truman.Heck, a fair chunk of the world economy must have been supporting the guy. Maybe this is yet another reason Christof wanted to keep Truman out of the loop.
That studio light that fell down from the sky was someone trying to kill Truman.Out of all the lights that could've fallen it was this one that fell so close to him. Someone was trying to wipe him out to free him from his prison.
The biggest group trying to free Truman was the Actor's Union.Truman has been acting 24/7 for roughly 30 years, and hasn't been paid a dime for it. This was even true when he was a minor. This makes The Truman Show a violation of all union regulations regarding salaries, working hours, and working conditions for a member of the actor's union (Especially the rules about child actors). The fact that Truman isn't a member of the union (Due to the fact that Christof won't let them approach him, because that would cause Truman to learn that he is an actor) makes things worse in their eyes. A major television program is running starring a non-union actor, who is cheerfully working in conditions that no union member would tolerate due to the director controlling said actor's life to ensure that he never learns that he shouldn't be working under such conditions. This is something the union can't allow to stand - if they do, they weaken their position when negotiating the salaries and working conditions for every actor who is a member of the union.
The dome was re-purposed to film The Walking Dead TV series.Mostly because of Noah Emmerich's (Marlon) bit part at the end of the first season of that show. Full details are laid out on that show's WMG page.
When Truman left the show, the economy suffered DRAMATICALLY.Think for a bit about the sheer number of people involved in the Truman Show. All the actors and production crew (cameras, sound, lights, writers, music, traffic, maintenance, weather, makeup, costumes, set design, crowd control, etc.) would be out of jobs. There would now be a giant area of unused coast land that would either become a tourist attraction, or need to be re-purposed to make actual living possible (most of the buildings and homes are probably just glorified boxes with no real inner workings, in order to save money. Remember the back-less elevator?). Not to mention all the investors that had stock in the show. The entire show was run by in-universe advertisement, and if the show is as successful as it says it is, those companies would suffer HUGE drops in stock. The corporation heading the show would probably have to shut down or declare bankruptcy. If the Truman Show was a significant enough part of the economy, there might be riots to bring it back (or just riots in the face of the crumpled economy. It doesn't sound far-fetched, haha.) This could lead Truman to be a notoriously disliked member of society, and have very few places to turn other than to Christof himself, at which point he may need to live with for a long time until the economy recovers.
Christof died of a heart attack right after Truman left.It took me a few viewings to notice it, but right after the transmission is cut for the final time, Christof slumped over on his screen. He at least passed out to some degree, but seeing your life's work walk away and leave you forever is surely enough of a sudden stress to kill you.
The dome is actually within another dome.This way, the show's premise can be recycled with the other actors, who were "waiting" - just like Christof himself - for Truman to eventually snap and get out of there, ready to welcome him as "the real people from the real outside world"... and Christof planned all of this in advance, just in case. Additionally, if this fails, there wouldn't be third dome simply because Christof would be happy with having irreversibly ruined Truman's ability to trust other people, with the second dome inevitably making him even more paranoid. Of course, this theory isn't just this troper being a dick for the sake of it; it is instead a possibility. A grim one, at that, but still a possibility.
Truman will wind up owning Christof's studio.Christof owes him thirty years' overtime and residuals, which the director had never made allowances for paying off. Between that and the monster civil rights lawsuit Truman has grounds to file against him — a case Christof won't have a chance in hell to win, after he'd broadcast his own attempted murder of Truman to the entire planet — the ex-director will have no choice but to forfeit every cent he owns to the one he's been exploiting.
Truman unknowingly consented to everything.Truman's co-worker Lawrence routinely visits Truman's desk with a “standard contract” for him to sign. It specifies how much he'll get paid, what benefits he's entitled to, and permits the company to monitor and document his actions should they wish, simply because it's company policy. Unfortunately for Truman, the company he's working for is not the company he thinks he's working for.
Truman was provided with real information concerning Fiji.Once he discovered how far away it was, why would he still want to go there in pursuit of a potential lunatic he might never find? Rationally speaking the best thing for him to do in that situation is forget about her and get on with the rest of his life. Unfortunately, he didn't.
Marlon has a moral conundrum concerning his best friend TrumanOn the one hand, he knows Truman desperately wants to know the truth and escape to the real world. On the other hand, Marlon has already done it and it was terrible. He was hounded by paparazzi and pursued by crazed fans to such an extent he decided to return to Seahaven. If Truman ever finds out the truth he'll only make life miserable for both of them.
Truman knows nothing of the internetIn regard to this situation Christof would argue it's in keeping with the thematic style of the show. Seahaven dates back to a simpler time before the world became overly caught up with technology. What he might not say is that it creates a scenario where Truman has to work hard for answers instead of being able to access them freely, and it prevents anyone from outside the show attempting to contact Truman.
The movie version of The Truman Show is a work of propagandaIntentionally focussing on the negative elements of The Truman Show, deliberately making the cast and crew of the show seem heartless, downplaying the ineffectual efforts of the Free Truman Movement, mostly passing over any benefits The Truman Show may have had on society, and making Truman's situation seem worse than it really was.
Christof became a directorwith the intent of building a career dedicated to documentaries promoting truthWe live in a very deceitful world. From what we're told at churches, within political mediums, to the sensationalism of advertising and the media, and even the lies we tell one another and ourselves on a daily basis. Christof's early work included a true to life expose of the homeless and later a serious look at parenting which evolved into The Truman Show. The record of a human life the way things should be instead of what they really are. What Christof fails to acknowledge is that by having never told Truman the truth he has effectively tainted his own work and become part of the problem.
Some percentage of the Free Truman Movement are just activists looking for attention.On the surface they may seem very heartfelt and genuine, and some of their arguments are certainly worthy of consideration, but ultimately they damage their own credibility via their methods. They plaster Truman's face on the sides of buses, they finance themselves through their cause, they help draw attention to the show, and they watch just as passionately (and in some cases more so) than regular viewers.
The Truman Show exists to sustain a stable time loop.Truman is destined to travel back in time and change a huge historical event. Of course, to ensure that he does go back and make the change, he needs to think that it hasn't happened, to give him the incentive to change it. That could require anything up to an entire fabricated childhood: how can this happen? Fate arranges for a certain director to get an idea... Maybe it's well-known, making people want to watch the growth of the man who changed history, and just happened never to come up. Maybe nobody knows about it. Maybe leaving the dome will create a paradox and implode everything, or maybe another means of censorship will take over.
Sylvia isn't a member of the actor's guildRailroading to the extent that Truman can only talk to certain people would be highly counter-productive. Perhaps it wasn't Christof's idea. Perhaps Sylvia wasn't a member of the actor's guild, and was thus forced to be a Ghost Extra by union rules.
If you're reading this ...I was a paid actor but they fired me from the set after I tried to tell you the truth! You're the main character in a television show like the one in this film and I managed to break into the studio to leave you this message! Get on a boat! Quick!
Truman wasn't the object of the show, Christof wasImagine it, a 100% real reality show about a gigantic crew of people who live to make another man (who may or may not believe it, Truman being an actor too deserves its own WMG)live his own fake life. It's a show about one man's insane experiment and god complex, with an interesting Show Within a Show. The world outside of "the studio" is just another, much larger and more complex set. Would they ever suspect it if they already thought themselves to be "on the outside" and in complete control. They wouldn't even have to hide the cameras and stuff, it would all be "Behind the scenes of The Truman Show." In other words, Truman-ception.
Contrary to what was implied, there were preperations for Truman should he leave the show.Money, Transportation and a place to live so he wouldn't have to look very far to get what he needed while he was looking for Sylvia. That's what those contracts he signed every day were about. To make him set for life.
Paul Giamatti's character was a Free Truman activistHe's a mole for the organization. He started off somewhere on the lower rungs and over the years he worked his way up to the main control room. After he gained everyone's trust he started engineering little mishaps to clue Truman into the falseness of his world. The Sirius light falling, the wonky radio transmission and Truman's "father" reappearing were just his latest attempts. We see that when Christof isn't around he likes to play director. He uses this time to distract the rest of the crew from any strange things Truman might be getting up to, like when he dug his escape tunnel. He's also seen reading the classifieds. Why would someone at the most popular show in the world, that's been on air for 30 years and could run another 40+ be looking for a job? Because he knew the show wouldn't be on much longer.
Once Truman is gone Cristof is going to be put on trialHow does something like The Truman Show not violate a few constitutional statutes? Not only that, but he attempted to murder Truman on screen even when it was so very clear he no longer had any desire to stay there.