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Trivia / The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Or Disallusion, rather. Pierce Brosnan was under contract as James Bond with MGM during filming. One clause said that he was not allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other movie. That's why his tie and top buttons are undone during the ball, and why he commits a faux pas by wearing a white bow tie to a black tie event.
    • When Crown sees Catherine off after they meet at the museum (when he donates the painting), he gives the limo two taps on the hood to signal the driver. This was Brosnan's trademark send-off to Fred, the driver, in Remington Steele.
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  • California Doubling: The exterior of the Metropolitan Museum is the actual Met. The interior is the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • John McTiernan told Pierce Brosnan to keep kissing Rene Russo even though she was pulling away, during a kissing scene near the end of the film. Russo was not told of this, so during the scene, she really was trying to stop the kiss.
    • Also invoked in the script itself; all the men's lines and actions were written by Kurt Wimmer, and the women's by Leslie Dixon, with the goal of expressing opposite-gender perspectives.
  • No Stunt Double: Pierce Brosnan performed his own stunts during the boat crash scene.
  • Technology Marches On: A character complains about Crown having a 10 digit pin in 1999 — these days (2015), 8-10 character pins are standard.
  • Throw It In: The line, "You're not boring, I'll give you that," was ad-libbed by Rene Russo.


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