- Ability over Appearance: Wes Anderson originally pictured Max, physically, as Mick Jagger at age 15, to be played by an actor like Noah Taylor in the Australian film Flirting - "a pale, skinny kid". When Anderson met Jason Schwartzman, he reminded Anderson much more of Dustin Hoffman and decided to go that way with the character.
- Breakthrough Hit: For Wes Anderson.
- Channel Hop: The film was originally going to be made by New Line Cinema, but they couldn't agree on a budget. Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Producer Barry Mendel held an auction for the film's rights in mid 1997 and struck a deal with Joe Roth, who was then chairman of Walt Disney Studios. A budget of ten million dollars was agreed upon.
- Doing It for the Art: Bill Murray liked the script so much he agreed to work for scale. When Disney denied a helicopter scene that would have cost seventy-five thousand dollars, he gave Anderson a blank check to cover the cost.
- Hostility on the Set: According to Bill Murray, he disliked Jason Schwartzman's personality during their first meeting. But he eventually warmed up to him while they worked together. Murray genuinely found Keith McCawley and Ronnie McCawley, who play his sons, annoying (much like their screen characters), and many of the scenes where he lashes out at them and insults them were improvised.
- Inspiration for the Work: The film's widescreen, slightly theatrical look was influenced by Chinatown. Anderson also cites The Graduate and Harold and Maude as cinematic influences.
- Anderson and Wilson cited the works of Roald Dahl as an influence.
- What Could Have Been:
- Write What You Know: Like Max Fischer, Owen Wilson was expelled from his prep school, St. Mark's School of Texas, in the tenth grade, while Wes Anderson shared Max's ambition, lack of academic motivation, and had a crush on an older woman.
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