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The movie

  • Acclaimed Flop: It flopped at the box office and received no Oscar nominations, but most critics gave it positive reviews and very quickly picked up steam as one of the best-regarded films of Fincher's career.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $65 million. Box office, $33,080,084 (domestic), $84,785,914 (worldwide).
  • Dawson Casting: Mike Mageau is played at age 19 is played by 25-year old Lee Norris, and at age 41 is played by 31-year old Jimmi Simpson. The two actors are only 6 years apart despite playing the character separated by 22 years.
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  • Hostility on the Set: David Fincher forced the cast to stay on set for hours without a break as he demanded take after take. Robert Downey Jr. got so frustrated that he began peeing in jars and leaving them around the set as a form of protest.
  • Uncredited Role: Ione Skye appears in this movie in an uncredited cameo. "Hurdy Gurdy Man", by her father, Donovan, is used prominently in the soundtrack.
  • Underage Casting: Jake Gyllenhaal was 27 at the time but Robert Graysmith is in his 30's for most of the story, and early 40's by the end.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Initially David Fincher wanted to cast Brad Pitt as Avery, before he settled on Robert Downey Jr.. Daniel Craig was the first choice.
    • Even though Jake Gyllenhaal was Fincher's first choice for the role of Robert Graysmith, had Gyllenhaal turned the role down, Fincher's second choice was Orlando Bloom.
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    • Originally, Gary Oldman was to play Melvin Belli but "he went to a lot of trouble, they had appliances, but just physically it wasn't going to work, he just didn't have the girth", Robert Graysmith said.

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