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    20 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Some Of The Best Movies Of The Last 20 Years

    Bill Murray’s son played one of the khaki scouts in Moonrise Kingdom. 🥺

    If you're a bit of a cinephile (or, heck, a major one), then you're probably familiar with the films of Focus Features. From classic titles like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to more recent releases like the Oscar-nominated film Belfast, let's just say Focus has good taste in movies.

    So, in honor of their 20th anniversary (!!!), here are some interesting behind-the-scenes facts about some of Focus Features' most amazing movies:

    1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    A young girl holding flowers and a young boy in a raccoon hat looking at a map together

    Bill Murray taught Jared Gilman, the young lead who played Sam, how to tie a tie on the set of Moonrise Kingdom after overhearing him tell one of the costumers that he didn’t know how to do it. 🥺 Also, Bill Murray’s son played one of the khaki scouts in Moonrise Kingdom. 🥺 🥺

    A woman, Frances McDormand, with a scarf tied around her head and a man, Bill Murray, wearing glasses and a cardigan, looking unimpressed

    2. Lost in Translation (2003)

    Writer/Director Sofia Coppola fell in love with the Park Hyatt Tokyo (where the film is shot) after staying there during her promotional tour for The Virgin Suicides.

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray sit at a hotel bar drinking, side by side at night

    3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Kate Winslet with bright orange hair and Jim Carrey kissing

    The elephant parade scene was a real parade that was not part of the script. One afternoon on the set in Manhattan, someone noticed that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was in town and was going to have its annual midnight Elephant Walk parade across 34th Street that very night. A few hours later, cast and crew were on the scene and Joel and Clementine were at the parade.

    Jim carrying Kate piggyback style, as they stand on a sidewalk watching the Elephant Parade go by

    4. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Keira Knightley with her book open

    This was director Joe Wright’s first feature film, and it actually has different endings depending on where you saw the film! In the original ending (UK version), Elizabeth Bennet's (Keira Knightley) father finally consents to Mr. Darcy's (Matthew Macfadyen) marriage proposal, and Elizabeth runs out of his office. In the alternate ending (US version), the film continues after the scene in the office, and Elizabeth and Darcy sit by a lake at night, have a sweet little conversation, and then kiss. He calls her "Mrs. Darcy" repeatedly as he continues to kiss her.

    Keira Knightley on the set of "Pride and Prejudice"

    5. Promising Young Woman (2020)

    Carey Mulligan with pastel multicolor hair, in a costume nurse's outfit

    At one point in the film, Carey Mulligan’s character Cassie reads a book titled Careful How You Go, which is an ode to the title of writer-director Emerald Fennell’s 2018 Sundance short of the same name.

    Carey Mulligan drinking from a paper straw reading the book

    6. Anna Karenina (2012)

    Keira Knightley in a fur coat and hat, in a snowy outdoor scene

    The stunning diamond necklace that Keira Knightley wears during the ball scene is actually an exclusive high jewelry piece from Chanel.

    Keira wearing an ornate diamond necklace that has three chains of diamonds and flower designs

    7. Pariah (2011)

    Adepero Oduye smiling and looking over her shoulder

    Writer-director Dee Rees studied under director Spike Lee during her time as a graduate student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In a wonderful twist of fate, Spike Lee went on to become one of the executive producers on Pariah.

    Director Dee Rees on set

    8. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

    Ryan Gosling with bleached hair and tattoos all over his arms, neck, and part of his face, holding a baby, withEva Mendes leaning on his shoulder

    In the titular single-take motorcycle bank robbery/chase scene, Ryan Gosling’s character Luke slips off his bike and hits his head on a center divider in the cemetery before taking off again. That heart-stopping moment was actually an accident that they caught on camera. They didn’t have enough time to call, “Cut!” before stuntman Rick Miller picked up his bike and took off again to continue the scene.

    Ryan Gosling wearing leather, sitting on a motorbike

    9. Brokeback Mountain (2012)

    Heath Ledger hugging Jake Gyllenaal from behind, both wearing cowboy hats

    Although Ang Lee's iconic film earned eight Academy Award nominations, including three wins, it actually took seven years for Brokeback Mountain to finally get the green light to be made.

    Ang Lee working on set with the cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto

    10. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

    John David Washington with an Afro, beard, and '70s clothing

    While filming BlacKkKlansman, director Spike Lee asked the entire crew to come dressed in suit and tie the day that Harry Belafonte came in for his scene as a way of showing their great respect for his work.

    Spike Lee surrounded by cast members

    11. Belfast (2021)

    Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill, and Lewis McAskie watching a movie in an old theater

    On the set of Belfast, the cast played games of rounders (an English game that's very similar to baseball) to bond with each other when they had breaks between filming.

    A camera crew set up circling around the young actor Jude Hill, who holds a toy sword and garbage can lid shield

    12. Boogie (2021)

    Taylor Takahashi in a red sweatshirt and Taylour Paige in a jean jacket smiling and walking down a street in NY

    The fortune teller in Eddie Huang’s film is played by the restaurateur’s mother, Jessica Huang.

    13. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    Jared Leto wearing a shaggy brown wig and fur coat with pink sunglasses and nails and Matthew McConaughey with a '70s mustache, aviator sunglasses, and a cowboy hat

    Consulting with doctors all the way, Matthew McConaughey ultimately shed roughly 50 pounds to play Ron Woodroof for the majority of shoot days, playing one pivotal hospital scene at 135 pounds. The transformative performance earned McConaughey an Academy Award for Best Actor.

    Matthew McConaughey in character wearing a leather jacket, talking to a lab technician

    14. Atonement (2007)

    James McAvoy as a soldier and Keira Knightley in 1930s clothing

    Atonement was filmed using Christian Dior stockings as a filter over the back of the camera lens for the 1935 portion of the story in order to create a beautiful glow effect.

    James McAvoy in a period-era tuxedo, standing in a library in a manor home

    15. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, Simon Pegg

    The famous pub in the film, The Winchester, was based on a real pub that star Simon Pegg used to go to. Sadly, you can't visit the location today (unless you want to live there) because the building was renovated into living flats in recent years. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Simon Pegg in a shirt and tie, sitting dejected in a pub with a nearly empty pint of beer

    16. Brick (2005)

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaning on an old car, and some other kids hanging out nearby

    Rian Johnson wanted his first feature film to replicate classic detective movies, but forbade Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the rest of the cast from watching Humphrey Bogart films to avoid going down the path of “kids doing impressions of old movies.”

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a pay phone

    17. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

    Amy Adams in a black wrap dress, large black jewelry and vamp makeup, sitting in front of a naked woman lying on a table behind her, an empty glass of champagne nearby

    The snowy New York street sequence in Tom Ford’s gorgeous film was actually shot right in Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd.

    18. Kajillionaire (2020)

    Gina Rodriguez and Evan Rachel Wood walk through a supermarket, and Gina pushes a cart

    Director Miranda July and Gina Rodriguez met at a Culver City smoothie shop, where they fleshed out the character of Melanie together.

    Gina Rodriguez with long hair and a pink top, pouring a drink while looking out through her modest kitchen

    19. Lust, Caution (2007)

    Tony Leung Chiu-wai in a business suit and Wei Tang in a silk dress, lying in on a floor, embracing

    In Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, the main character’s job involved torturing suspects, so DP Rodrigo Prieto rigged some Christmas bulbs to reflect on the actors’ faces in order to create the effect of insanity to the character’s gaze.

    Ang Lee directing Wei Tang on set

    20. Loving (2016)

    Joel Edgerton with bleached hair holding Ruth Negga's hand as she rests her head on his shoulder and they sit on a porch deck

    Ruth Negga spent three days straight in her LA hotel after receiving the script for Loving, preparing and trying to channel Mildred as best as she could.

    Ruth Negga with her hair tied back, in a house dress, looking out over her shoulder standing in a field

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