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* For all of Gus's bluster about Greek words, ''Portokalos'' isn't even a native Greek word! It's derived from the name {{UsefulNotes/Portugal}} which is the country that introduced oranges to Greece.

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* For all of Gus's bluster about Greek words, ''Portokalos'' isn't even a native Greek word! It's derived from the name {{UsefulNotes/Portugal}} which is the country that introduced oranges to Greece.Greece.
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** Michael Constantine who plays Gus was born Gus Efstratiou.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TomHanks helped produce the film but found some difficulty getting it made. The studios liked the idea but wanted to cut the "Big," "Fat," and "Greek" part out and cast someone like JenniferLopez in the main role (as a thirty year old woman who has trouble dating, yeah). That's the reason it went indie and turned out the way it did.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TomHanks helped produce the film but found some difficulty getting it made. The studios liked the idea but wanted to cut the "Big," "Fat," and "Greek" part out and cast someone like JenniferLopez Music/JenniferLopez in the main role (as a thirty year old woman who has trouble dating, yeah). That's the reason it went indie and turned out the way it did.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: A movie about events that took place in Winnipeg, written by a Winnipeg writer, starring a Winnipeg actress... was set in Chicago and filmed primarily in Toronto.


* SleeperHit: Turned a $5 million budget and a limited release into a ''$241 million'' domestic tally, thanks in part to such great word-of-mouth that the movie stayed in the top 10 weekly box office for over ''three months'', gradually getting a wider release with each passing week due to its success. Some of the films it outgrossed on its shoestring budget: ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', ''Film/MenInBlack II'', and ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.

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* SleeperHit: Turned a $5 million budget and a limited release into a ''$241 million'' domestic tally, thanks in part to such great word-of-mouth that the movie stayed in the top 10 weekly box office for over ''three months'', gradually getting a wider release with each passing week due to its success. Some of the films it outgrossed on its shoestring budget: ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', ''Film/MenInBlack II'', and ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.


* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially. After ten years of failed projects, she managed to get a sequel to this film off the ground, which is set for release in March 2016.

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* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially. After ten years of failed projects, projects she managed to get a sequel to this film off the ground, which is set for release in March 2016.actually did do reasonably well at the box-office, but further reinforced the perception that her only major successes have been from this series (and even then it's tempered by how badly ''My Big Fat Greek Life'' bombed).


* HeyItsThatGuy: Chris in the Morning from ''NorthernExposure'' (as Ian). Also, some of the actors from ''Series/ThisIsWonderland''. Also, Joey Fatone from Music/{{NSYNC}}.


* DawsonCasting: Vardalos was 39 when the movie was released, but Toula is 30.



** Nia Vardalos is a Greek-Canadian playing a Greek-American.

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** Nia Vardalos is a Greek-Canadian playing a Greek-American. (though she has become a naturalized US citizen since then)

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* SequelGap: The second film was released 14 years after the original.


* HeyItsThatGuy: Chris in the Morning from ''NorthernExposure'' (as Ian). Also, some of the actors from ''ThisIsWonderland''. Also, Joey Fatone from Music/{{NSYNC}}.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Chris in the Morning from ''NorthernExposure'' (as Ian). Also, some of the actors from ''ThisIsWonderland''.''Series/ThisIsWonderland''. Also, Joey Fatone from Music/{{NSYNC}}.

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* TheDanza: For some reason, Toula's name was changed to Nia for the TV series, even though everything else about the film (barring only John Corbett's replacement by Steven Eckholdt) remained the same for the series. The sequel reversed this change.


* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially. After ten years of failed projects, she recently announced she was penning a sequel.

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* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially. After ten years of failed projects, she recently announced she was penning managed to get a sequel.sequel to this film off the ground, which is set for release in March 2016.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: A rare positive example, as many of the best things about the film turned out to be studio-mandated changes that Nia Vardalos fought tooth and nail. Her entire career since the film is a testament to how badly it could have gone.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TomHanks helped produce the film but found some difficulty getting it made. The studios liked the idea but wanted to cut the "Big," "Fat," and "Greek" part out and cast someone like JenniferLopez in the main role (as a thirty year old woman who has trouble dating, yeah). That's the reason it went indie and turned out the way it did.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TomHanks helped produce the film but found some difficulty getting it made. The studios liked the idea but wanted to cut the "Big," "Fat," and "Greek" part out and cast someone like JenniferLopez in the main role (as a thirty year old woman who has trouble dating, yeah). That's the reason it went indie and turned out the way it did.did.
* For all of Gus's bluster about Greek words, ''Portokalos'' isn't even a native Greek word! It's derived from the name {{UsefulNotes/Portugal}} which is the country that introduced oranges to Greece.


* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially.

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* OneHitWonder: This was Nia Vardalos's only project to have any sort of success. Her subsequent projects have mostly failed critically and financially. After ten years of failed projects, she recently announced she was penning a sequel.

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