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Trivia / Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Penelope Cruz lobbied to be in the film before the script was even written because she knew Woody Allen was doing something set in Barcelona.
  • Billing Displacement: Penélope Cruz plays a supporting character with significantly less screen time than the three leads, but received equal billing. Meanwhile one third of the film's title (Rebecca Hall's Vicky) is not on the poster and her actress listed below Bardem, Cruz and Johansson.
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  • The Cameo: Joan Pera - the actor who has dubbed Woody Allen in most of the Spanish versions of his films - has a cameo.
  • Career Resurrection: Woody Allen was brought back into prominence with this film's success. It grossed $96 million worldwide and was his most profitable film for a while.
  • Fake American: Rebecca Hall (Vicky) is British.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: For scenes where Juan Antonio and Maria Elena speak to each other in Spanish, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were encouraged to improvise. As Woody Allen speaks no Spanish, he literally had no idea what they were saying until the subtitles were put into the edit.
  • Name's the Same: The amazing Spanish writer-director Juan Antonio Bardem is possibly given a Shout-Out with Javier Bardem's character Juan Antonio.
  • Production Posse: Scarlett Johansson had starred in the Woody Allen films Match Point and The Scoop as well. Both those were shot outside the United States too.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The original script had the story happening in San Francisco. Since Woody Allen had a deal that a film must be shot in Spain, he rewrote the story to take place in Barcelona.
    • Shooting also took place in Barcelona because the city offered to cover production costs. €2 million of public money was raised.
  • Romance on the Set: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz started dating while making this film, and eventually married.

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