- Actor Allusion:
- The gag about not getting the Sean Connery Bond films. In Real Life, the popularity of the Bond films led to Connery doing a famous series of ads for Suntory. Given that Sofia Coppola's dad was also part of that series of ads, this was most likely intentional.
- Downplayed but present. Bill Murray's character is seen playing miniature golf, but deliberately does not channel his character in Caddyshack ("Be the ball, be the ball...It's in the hole!") Murray and his brothers are all avid golfers in real life, and even host an annual charity outing.
- Actor-Inspired Element: Before production began on the film, Bill Murray was in Japan with his brothers for a golfing event, and while drinking at the bar he noticed a picture of Harrison Ford on his drink coaster advertising Kirin Lager beer. Murray noticed a very sour look on his face, as if to say: "I can't believe I'm shilling this crap." He decided to integrate that into his performance, the self-loathing of a famous actor having shill overseas.
- Dawson Casting: Inverted. Scarlett had just turned 18 and finished high school at the time of shooting, playing a married college graduate in her early twenties. Her husky voice and excellent performance make the discrepancy virtually imperceptible.
- Defictionalization: Suntory started using the Catchphrase from the fictional Suntory ads in actual Suntory ads run in the United States (which also led Suntory to attempt an expansion of their distribution in America).
- Shrug of God: When asked during a Reddit AMA what he said to Johansson at the end of the film, Murray responded: "You know? I forget."
- Star-Making Role: For Johansson.
- Starring a Star as a Star: Aging American movie star Bob Harris is played by aging American movie star Bill Murray.
- Throw It In!:
- The screenplay was very loose and informal, with few lines actually written down ahead of time. Much of the dialogue, particularly from Bob, was ad-libbed.
- The Chanteuse in the hotel bar was not an actress, but the actual singer performing in the hotel bar. Coppola heard her perform "Scarborough Fair" and wrote her into the movie.
Trivia / Lost in Translation