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  • Actor-Shared Background: While it may or may not have been intentional, like Linda, when her father Tony Curtis died in 2010 Jamie Lee Curtis and her siblings only found out afterwards that he had changed his will a few months prior and disinherited all of his children, leaving his whole estate solely to his widowed wife. (However, Jamie Lee has never publicly spoken about it so it's unknown if she also felt the same way as Linda or the other Thrombeys do)
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  • All-Star Cast: The film has an exceptionally impressive amount of named talents in its cast, one that rivals fellow modern whodunnit film Murder on the Orient Express.
  • Billing Displacement: The three first names featured on the poster and ending credits are: "Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas". De Armas plays the Main Character. She is also shunted off to the very edge of the poster of all the major characters, despite, once again, being the main character, with Craig being front and center and Evans next to him. The posters at least can be excused by the fact that the character's relative outsider status is a plot point.
  • Deleted Scenes: Two scenes would have had Blanc going deeper into his investigation, with payoff later on.
    • During his interview, Walt says that he injured his leg in a bicycling accident. Later, Blanc visits Donna at their home, learning that the "accident" happened in the middle of the night. Walt actually owed money to some unsavory people.
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    • Early on, Blanc develops a skin rash. Later, he confronts Joni about the fact that her entire Flam line has received nothing but complaints, causing him to deduce that she is actually broke.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Toni Collette as Joni is given a highly unflattering fake tan that's deeper and more jarringly orange than her usual light tan. She also seems to wear the classic "Botox face." To understand how severe this make-under was, here are a few screencaps of Joni with the other characters.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Rian Johnson, while making this film, he discovered that Apple has a rule of not allowing villains to use iPhones on-camera (presumably Jacob's phone) in films in which said product appears, out of fear that doing so would hurt the brand image of their product, and that this is apparently a rule that extends to any movie involving their product.
  • Fake American:
    • Daniel Craig, an Englishman, plays an American who hails from the Southern states. (Possibly; other characters' reaction to his accent and unkind comments about it allow for the possibility that it's an in-universe case of Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping, in which case his nationality is unknown).
    • Australians Toni Collette and Katherine Langford play an American mother and daughter.
    • Canadian Christopher Plummer plays an American.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Johnson cites Sleuth as an inspiration.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailer features a shot of a man standing on the front porch of the Thrombey estate menacing Donna Thrombey, who drops a bag of groceries. This shot does not appear anywhere in the finished film, but is from a deleted scene where the debtors that Walt owes money to come to collect.
  • The Other Marty: Ricky Jay was cast as the security guard but died before he could film his scene. M. Emmet Walsh was cast in his place. A photo of Jay is seen briefly, presumably depicting a younger version of the character.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Benoit Blanc is only the second role with comedic tones for Daniel Craig in his long and prolific career (after another Bunny-Ears Lawyer Southern-Fried Genius, Joe Bang in Logan Lucky).
    • Ana de Armas' roles are almost always some sort of Ms. Fanservice, but here she gets to play a Chaste Heroine.
    • Michael Shannon, usually cast as imposing and unstable authority figures, here plays Walt as a whiny and petulant weakling.
    • M. Emmet Walsh, best known for playing sleazy characters, plays an elderly and amiable security guard. This also would have been the case for original actor Ricky Jay.
    • Jaeden Martell, best known for playing the courageous All-Loving Hero Bill Denbrough, plays Jacob Thrombey, an alt-right G.I.F.T. troll and a total Jerkass.
    • Toni Collette is better known for her dramatic but especially horror roles, but here plays a more comedic role as an air-headed valley girl.
    • Don Johnson is best known for playing the suave undercover cop Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice. Here, he's an ineffectual xenophobic bumbler who's cheating on his wife, can't keep a secret, and openly tries to bribe the cops to get his way. Could double as an Actor Allusion since Crockett and his partner Tubbs were horrible at keeping it a secret that they were cops.
  • Playing with Character Type: As Ransom, Chris Evans seems to return to his roots as the brash yet charming Jerkass that he was initially known for note  before his career-defining role as Steve Rogers. When helping Marta to clear her name, he shows what appears to be a softer, more sincere side that recalls his perfromance as Cap, but he ultimately shows his true colours as a murderous, xenophobic villain, a complete departure from any of his past roles.
  • Production Posse: Director Rian Johnson brought some of his regulars in here.
    • Frank Oz portrayed Yoda once again in The Last Jedi. Frequent collaborators Noah Segan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also appear.
    • Noah Segan has appeared in pretty much everything Johnson has directed up to this point.
    • On the crew side, cinematographer Steve Yeldin, composer Nathan Johnson, and editor Bob Ducsay return.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Jacob Thrombey, portrayed as an alt-right troll, was inspired by the online backlash Rian Johnson received after The Last Jedi was released.
    • The Thrombeys' spectrum of attitudes (ranging from outright xenophobic to Condescending Compassion) towards immigrants echo right-wing sentiment during the Trump administration.
  • The Red Stapler: Johnson reported fans inquiring where to buy Ransom's wool sweater
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell look so much alike they are completely believable as first cousins.
  • Those Two Actors: This is the second time Michael Shannon and Jaeden Martell have played father and son, after 2016’s Midnight Special.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Richard handing his dish to Marta while he asks for her input on the family's conversation about immigration was an improvisation by Don Johnson.
    • Rian Johnson noted in an interview that Michael Shannon made several funny improvs, among them "I will not eat one iota of shit!" and "Maybe Harlan left you a cold glass of milk in his will, asshole."
    • As noted in the main page entries for Brick Joke and Book-Ends, the final shot of the film is Marta looking down on the Thrombeys while sipping from Harlan's mug, with only the words "My House" fully visible, implying that she'll be keeping the whole inheritance for herself. Rian Johnson revealed in an interview that this wasn't entirely intentional.
      Johnson: It’s funny that was—it wasn’t an accident, but it was kind of an accident. A happy accident. I knew I wanted her to like sip tea in the final shot, and I had had separately the idea of "My house, my rules, my coffee," as that first shot in the movie—after that first big dramatic shot of the house, breaking the tension with kind of a goofy modern joke mug. And I was like, "Oh she can have that at the end!" Then when we were doing that close-up, she was up in the balcony and I yelled up, "Sip the tea!’ and she brought it into frame and those words came up and I was just like, "Oh that’s pretty nice."
  • Voice-Only Cameo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the detective character talking on the television (whose screen is not shown) that Alice and Marla are watching.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Ransom's repeated declaration of "Eat shit!" to his family was originally "Fuck you!" It was changed to keep the rating at PG-13. Additionally, in the shooting script he refers to Meg's major as a "LUG"note  degree rather than "SJW" as in the final film.
    • Foreshadowing: In a deleted scene the apparent Loan Shark threatening Donna has a coat just like Blanc's while when Blanc arrives at her house in the next scene, he's without that coat for one of the only times in this movie. This implies that the man was sent by Blanc, Elliot and Wagner to give them a moment of Engineered Heroics and make Donna more willing to talk to them about the loan Walt took. Sure enough the "loan shark" reappears as one of the cops in the final scene.


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