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20 Outstanding Facts About Wes Anderson's 'Rushmore'

Maybe I'm spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays. I should probably be trying harder to score chicks.

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3. When Ms. Cross and Max feed the fish and talk about deaths of loved ones, Jason Schwartzman (Max) had to stand on boxes so he could be the same height as Olivia Williams (Ms. Cross).

8. In a shot of Max's petition to save Latin, the names of Jason Schwartzman's band mates from Phantom Planet, as well as the name of the band's manager (Dan Field) can be seen in the middle of the left column.

10. Bill Murray genuinely found the Keith McCawley and Ronnie McCawley who play his sons and were very much like their screen characters, annoying, and many of the scenes where he lashes out at them and insults them were improvised.

11. A shot of Max Fischer sitting on a go-kart wearing a pair of goggles is a recreation of a photograph taken in 1909 by French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue, a child prodigy who started taking photographs at the age of 6.

The two people go carting in the background are director Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson.

12. In the geometry class Max dreams about during the school chapel/assembly, he solves a problem on the board - this problem is to derive the area of an ellipse by integrating its equation.

Not a high school problem, but definitely not the hardest geometry problem in the world.

14. The speech about privilege that Bill Murray gives at the beginning of the film was inspired by an actual speech once given by Robert Wilson, father of Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson.

19. The book Max is reading at the beginning of the movie is "Diving for Sunken Treasure" by Jacques-Yves Cousteau who was the main inspiration for Wes Anderson's later film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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