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  • Ability over Appearance: Emily is an American in the book but becomes British in the film to accommodate Emily Blunt. Her performance was widely praised, and there were very few complaints about the change as a result.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Meryl Streep suggested that Miranda not be wearing make-up for the scene where she briefly opens up to Andy.
    • Emily Blunt also suggested that Emily be seen frequently running about in the background of certain scenes, feeling she would always be busy.
  • Approval of God: Pun aside, Anna Wintour, the rumoured inspiration for Miranda Priestly, enjoyed the film and praised Meryl Streep's performance.
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    • Lauren Weisberger says the film is funnier than her book.
  • The Danza: Emily Blunt as Emily Charlton.
  • Deleted Role: Meryl Streep's daughter, Mamie Gummer, played a Starbucks clerk, but her scene was cut for pacing.
  • Denied Parody: Miranda bears a striking similarity to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, for whom Weisberger was an assistant, but the author maintains that she is a composite of fiction and various stories of her friends' first jobs.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Anne Hathaway first gained ten pounds, but was then told to lose them and she would be padded for Andy's 'fat scenes'. Emily Blunt also had to lose weight too. The two actresses claimed they were starving during production.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Meryl Streep went up to Anne Hathaway on the first day and said "I think you're perfect for the role and I'm so happy we're going to be working on this together" - and then warned her that would be the last nice thing she said until production finished. She also kept her distance from the other cast members. Emily Blunt joked that as soon as the film wrapped, Meryl ran across the car park to her to say "you were great!"
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  • Fake American: Unlike Emily Blunt, British Rebecca Mader doesn't get to keep her accent as Jocelyn. Australian Simon Baker also adopts an American accent as Christian.
  • Life Imitates Art: Andy gives away her designer clothes at the end. Meryl Streep donated all her costumes from the film to charity.
  • Real-Life Relative: For a photo of Andy with her parents, Anne Hathaway posed for a picture with her mother.
  • Release Date Change: Originally a spring release, 20th Century Fox decided to launch it as counter-programming against Superman Returns. In the end, it actually outdid Superman at the international box office.
  • Star-Making Role: This got Emily Blunt a lot of positive attention, and helped her get nominated for the Orange Rising Star Award.
  • Throw It In!: The line from Miranda was originally going to be "everyone wants to be me". Meryl Streep disliked the line and found it too dramatic, and changed it to "everyone wants to be us" at the table reading. The change stuck.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: One of the "impossible" tasks that Miranda assigns to Andy is to acquire a manuscript to an unpublished Harry Potter book for her kids, which became dated in the year after the film released when the final Harry Potter book was published.note 
  • What Could Have Been:
  • This film is one of the most expensively costumed movies ever. The wardrobe budget was $100,000, but many top-level designers agreed to provide their latest and most stylish outfits for free. It is estimated that at least $1 million worth of clothing was used in the film.
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