- All-Star Cast: One of the film's main selling points. The cast has (in order of appearance) Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Seth MacFarlane, Will Sasso, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Kieren Culkin, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Jack McBrayer, Kate Bosworth, Aasif Mandvi, Justin Long, John Hodgeman, Kristen Bell, Uma Thurman, Bobby Cannavale, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Katrina Bowden, Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Snooki, Terrence Howard, Josh Duhamel, and Elizabeth Banks. Julianne Moore, Tony Shalhoub, Bob Odenkirk, and Anton Yelchin star in deleted sketches. The Blu-ray cover was just the film's title with photos of the film's most famous actors on it.
- Awesome, Dear Boy:
- Subverted. Hugh Jackman was the first actor cast, after reading the script and agreeing to be a part of the film. After talking to the multiple agents of Kate Winslet, she eventually agreed to take part. The Winslet-Jackman sketch was shot shortly after, and became the reel to attract other A-list stars. It was then that stars approached to the project actually wanted out: Richard Gere at first said yesbut also said he would not be available for more than a year. So the producers actually waited him out, convinced his sketch was good. Gere eventually told them he was free to shoot, on just a couple of conditions: They had to do it in four days, and they needed to relocate the shoot from Los Angeles to New York City. Colin Farrell initially agreed to be in the Gerard Butler leprechaun sketch as Butler's character's brother, also a leprechaun, but he backed out and Butler played the brother himself. Peter Farrelly later said, "They clearly wanted out! But we wouldn't let them. The strategy was simple: 'Wait for them. Shoot when they want to shoot. Guilt them to death.' It didn't work on everyone."
- Played straight with Stephen Merchant, who makes no apologies for the film and stated he signed on mainly to be around Halle Berry.
- Deleted Role: Several (see What Could Have Been). Also, Bob Odenkirk directed two segments that didn't make it into the US cut of the final movie, but is nonetheless still listed in the credits.
- Directed by Cast Member: Elizabeth Banks directed one of the segments, though the one she herself appeared in was directed by James Gunn.
- Dueling Movies: Another Anthology Film filled with Vulgar Humor, Vince Offer's InAPPropriate Comedy, came out shortly after this.
- No Budget: Despite an impressive All-Star Cast, Movie 43 was filmed on a $6 million budget.
- Not Screened for Critics: Though they panned it regardless, with Richard Roeper, in a review on Roger Ebert's website, calling it "the Citizen Kane of awful". He has mentioned in previous reviews that he had a special "memory erasing pill" he saved in case he saw a movie that was REALLY bad; this movie made him take it, and it didn't work.
- Old Shame: With the exception of Farrelly, no one involved seems particularly proud of the finished product. If the reviews are anything to go by, this one managed to be even worse. At the film's premiere, the only actors who showed up were Seann William Scott, Chloe Moretz, Common, and Jimmy Bennett. Others, like Elizabeth Banks and Kristen Bell were going to attend, but dropped out at the last minute, with one magazine claiming they were "too scared". And if Scott's red carpet interview was any indication, it sounds like the only reason he went was because he was hoping to see Halle Berry. Hugh Jackman even went back in time to tell his younger self to not do this movie.
- Playing Against Type: This may be the only time you'll get to see Naomi Watts dress up like a high school teenager and calling some kid "fuckface".
- Real-Life Relative: Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were a couple in real life too.
- The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film began production in 2009 and was intended to ready for a 2010 release. Then original distributor Overture Films sold the rights (and later had everything at the studio but the name sold) to Relativity Media, who continued to keep it in-and-out of production (missing a planned Spring 2012 date) until finally releasing it in 2013.
- Unintentional Period Piece: The film began production in 2009, and it shows, as several of the references are dated.
- What Could Have Been:
- Farrelly wanted George Clooney to do a cameo as himself in a segment where he would be shown to be bad at picking up women. Clooney's response, reportedly, was "No fucking way".
- Colin Farrell was originally cast as the Leprechaun's brother.
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone were initially set to direct a segment, but later dropped out.
- The framing device was initially supposed to involve three teenagers going on a treasure hunt to find the mysterious Movie 43 of the plot and the rest of the segments would be featured as what the characters thought was it but wasn't. It was eventually used in the international version of the film, while the U.S. version used the 'movie producer' version.
- Sam Rockwell was originally attached to reprise Batman in the superhero segment (which was intended to be a sequel to the short film Robin's Big Date) but pulled out to do Seven Psychopaths instead.
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