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17 Wondrous Facts About Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited'

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6. Adrien Brody is the only one of the three leads to not have been in a Wes Anderson movie prior to this. Jason Schwartzman was in Rushmore while Owen Wilson has participated in some way to every Anderson feature film.

8. Adrien Brody remarked that during the river scene, Wes Anderson's instructions were the exact opposite of what he had intended to do, making the scene sadder in his opinion.

9. In creating the look of the train, production designer Mark Friedberg inspired himself partly from the 20th Century Limited, a train which linked New York to Chicago from 1902 to 1967.

12. Feature film debut of Amara Karan, who plays Rita.

While she was still being considered for the role, Karan received the script and discovered that Rita smokes cigarettes. Not being a smoker, she enlisted some friends to help her practice smoking. During a meeting with Wes Anderson, Karan casually tossed a cigarette into her mouth and started smoking: "I am sure it must have looked really spontaneous." Anderson did not waste any time before asking her if she would come aboard.

13. The character that Owen Wilson plays in the film is suspected of an abortive suicide attempt. Ironically, when the film was released, Wilson pulled out of all press duties following a real-life suicide attempt.

14. Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman organically wrote the screenplay as they traveled around India together.

After completing the screenplay's first draft, they all visited India together to see if the fictional world they'd created meshed with the real thing. Although the changes made subsequently were relatively minor, much of the dialog was excised from the later passages of the film as Wes Anderson wanted India's only natural beauty to speak for itself.

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