- Acting for Two: In the movie, the All-Star Cast plays one role in almost every timeline, in a type of invocation of Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize. It would probably be easier to list who doesn't play multiple roles. Some of the lesser recognized dual roles are Brody Nicholas Lee as both Javier Gomez, Luisa Rey's neighbor, and Zachry's nephew in the 2321 storyline, and Robert Fyfe as a crewmember on the ship in Adam Ewing's story and Mr. Meeks.
- Actor Allusion: Hugo Weaving in drag.
- All-Star Cast: The Japanese dub is as good as the original English version in this department. For the sake of simplicity, only the actors who played their group of characters will be listed here:
- Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Author David Mitchell was highly impressed by the film, citing it as an example of a Pragmatic Adaptation done right, plot changes and all. He was particularly blown away by the All-Star Cast as well.
- Creator's Favorite Episode: The Wachowskis found it their greatest and most profound work.
- Deleted Scene: The film averted Banned in China by being released there, but 40 minutes of footage were removed, supposedly for sexual and violent content, leading Lana Wachowski to advise Chinese viewers to watch it online instead.
- Doing It for the Art: This is one of the most expensive Independent Movies ever made. Of course it would count as this.
- Fake Nationality: Too many to count. Just to list a few, Chinese Zhou Xun plays a Korean waitress, Australian Hugo Weaving plays a German composer, American Tom Hanks plays a Cockney gangster and so on and so forth.
- Playing Against Type: You could make arguments for a lot of parts actors play in the movie. Seeing Tom Hanks playing characters as sleazy, or downright villainous, as the Hotel Manager, Dr. Henry Goose and Dermot Hoggins is a delightful surprise. Hugh Grant plays both a Corrupt Corporate Executive and a cannibal tribesman.
- Production Posse: The Wachowskis are reunited with VFX supervisor Dan Glass from The Matrix and Tom Tykwer collabs with cinematographer Frank Griebe (for the segments he directed) and co-composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. You could call this Production Posse: The Movie.
- Romance on the Set: Jim Sturgess and Bae Doona dated for a couple of years after playing love interests in this film.
- What Could Have Been: Quite a few things, both book and movie, according to this piece by Slashfilm.
- The book was supposed to have 9 stories, starting all the way back in the 12 century.
- Dr. Ovid was supposed to be played by Tom Hanks.
- Ben Whishaw was supposed to appear as a business man in Sonmi's story.
- James D'Arcy had a bigger role in Cavendish's tale before it got cut down.
- Natalie Portman, James McAvoy and Ian McKellen were once involved in the project at one point.
Trivia / Cloud Atlas