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Most of Chelsea Handler's lines were ad-libbed, including the mention of Cheetos and Mike and Ike.
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Sam Worthington, Colin Farrell, Justin Timberlake, and Seth Rogen were considered for the lead roles, but eventually in the end, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were cast.
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The bachelor pad of FDR (Chris Pine) had to reflect his expensive and exotic tastes, so the production found a converted penthouse with a swimming pool in the ceiling of the apartment in the Chinatown district of Vancouver, British Columbia. The pool had a glass bottom, making the pool visible from the downstairs dining room. When Production Designer Martin Laing showed the apartment to Director McG, the latter looked up and was astonished to see the pool, and a beautiful girl in a bikini doing laps, which Laing had prearranged.
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The movie store scene took place at HMV on Robson Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. The HMV stores are now closed.
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FDR (Chris Pine) calls Tuck (Tom Hardy) about a CHiPs (1977) marathon. Chris Pine's father, Robert, was a cast member on CHiPs (1977).
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The skyline city in the opening scene is not Hong Kong, but Shanghai.
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Both guys, on the singles website on each side of Tuck's picture, are crew members of the movie. They also show up in the video store database as FDR is searching for Lauren's information. The members were Jay Mitchell (Set Design) and Peter Stratford (Assistant Art Director).
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Bradley Cooper was cast but, dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts.
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Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) and Tuck Hansen (Tom Hardy) first meet at The Blarney Stone, which is a real pub located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. It is known to be one of the busiest gastropubs in town.
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When the film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America, the film was given an "R" rating, due to some racy dialogue spoken by Chelsea Handler's character. It was later edited and given a "PG-13" rating for "sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language" for the theatrical release.
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Director McG revealed during the DVD commentary that Tuck's nickname comes from the character's love of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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Making FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) believable as C.I.A. Agents was tasked to Paul Maurice, a military advisor with extensive wartime experience, who serves as the film's C.I.A. Technical Advisor. Maurice worked closely with Pine and Hardy to give them a high proficiency in weapons-handling and hand-to-hand combat.
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Chris Pine and Tom Hardy have both appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)-related films. Hardy played Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), while Pine played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016).
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Tom Hardy and Chris Pine have gone on to be in film adaptions of Tom Clancy's work. Hardy played Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell and Pine played the title spy character in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
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The scene where Trish (Chelsea Handler) and Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) are shopping for laundry detergent, near the beginning of the film, was shot at a Canadian Tire store.
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The U.S. theatrical version was cut for some sex jokes to achieve a PG-13 rating. International theatrical versions were released uncut. However, the cut version was used for home video releases worldwide.
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The nickname of Franklin Foster (Chris Pine) was "FDR", which is the same nickname of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's grandmother reveals his real name to be Franklin. Former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was commonly known by his initials, "FDR", and this is where the character gets his name. When they are introduced, FDR's grandmother asks Lauren (Reese Witherspoon): "So you're the girl who's keeping Franklin (FDR) busy?" The ending credits list FDR's surname as Foster.
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Tuck's real name is listed as "John Harrison" on the dating site. That makes this the first time that Chris Pine clashes with a character called John Harrison in a movie. Pine played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), where he battled with Khan Noonien Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch), who used the alias John Harrison.
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In one scene, FDR (Chris Pine) asks Tuck (Tom Hardy): "What are you, Garry Kasparov?" Garry Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players of all time but there is another chess reference in the movie as one of the criminals is named Ivan Sokolov. Ivan Sokolov is a chess grandmaster from Netherlands (born in Bosnia and Herzegovina) who was Kasparov's teammate when Chess Club Bosna Sarajevo won the European title.
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During the opening scene, one of the ladies asks Franklin "FDR" Foster (Chris Pine): "Permission to come aboard, Captain?" Pine played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016).
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After principal photography had wrapped, Director McG and his teams went to work film editing, music scoring, sound mixing, and putting the finishing touches on the movie's visual effects. Later, during this post-production period, they showed the movie to select audiences to gauge reactions and fine-tune the film. The screenings yielded outstanding scores, which revealed that the movie played to men, women, singles, and couples. This, and the ensuing positive word of mouth, led the Twentieth Century Fox movie studio to pick the unexpected 2012 year release date of Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14, which was a Tuesday. Most films debut in the U.S. on a Friday, in time for the weekend. But for McG, the holiday release seemed perfect. He pointed out: "After all, everyone needs a little action on Valentine's Day!"
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The Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" appropriately features throughout the film whenever the two main characters are sabotaging each other's dates. This is the second of three films starring Chris Pine to use the song as its marquee track: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Beyond (2016) featured the song prominently as a sort of theme for Pine's Captain Kirk.
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Jenny Slate and Tom Hardy are also in Venom
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Trish (Chelsea Handler) calls Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) from a children's play center, which is a real place called "Crash Crawly's". It is located near a freeway, which can be seen through the windows.
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Director McG said: It will come as no surprise that Pine and Hardy handled the high-octane spy action and stunts with skill and daring. But This Means War (2012) audiences will see a movie "first": Reese Witherspoon mixing it up with the boys in full throttle action mode. Not only does she get to drive at excessive speeds on a military racetrack in a drop-head coupe, she flew on a swinging trapeze, and donned a mask and firearm for an intense, ruthless game of paintball. "By the end of the movie, Reese is at the center of the action."
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This spy film inverted a common paradigm of the James Bond movie franchise where the character frequently had two significant relationships with two Bond Girls in many Bond movies. This was commonly reflected in movie posters for Bond films where the tuxedo clad character would be seen positioned between a Bond Girl on either side. This movie reversed this methodology by having a character, a non-spy, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), who is the equivalent of a Bond Girl, and dates in the movie two secret agents, and in film posters for the movie was seen positioned standing in the middle between the two attractive male spies.
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Production Designer Martin Laing and his team upped the spy-against-spy action by devising gadgets utilized by FDR and Tuck as they wage war against one another. Laing's team researched C.I.A. weapons and surveillance techniques and made them even more high tech and fantastic.
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The home address of Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) according to the character's tax return seen in the movie was 6226 Placido Drive, Pasadena, California, 91105.
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Tom Hardy portrayed a character, Tuck Harrison, who had the same "T.H." initials as his own.
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Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine appeared in A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
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Director McG previously helmed the espionage-action-comedy movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and also helmed the action-spy-thriller-drama 3 Days to Kill (2014). As such, McG has directed four spy movies (to date, September 2018).
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This movie features the game of Paintball, which was utilized in a training exercise at the start of the James Bond movie The Living Daylights (1987). This movie premiered in theaters in the 25th Anniversary year of The Living Daylights (1987).
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Actress Chelsea Handler (Trish, the good friend of Lauren (Reese Witherspoon)), has a last surname which is a spy term. A "handler" in the secret spy world, as defined by the Spy Museum's Language of Espionage, is "a case officer who is responsible for handling agents in operations."
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Intelligence agencies referenced and/or featured in the film include the C.I.A., Interpol, Special Ops, the Mexico Sniper Squad, and the Mexican D.F.S. (Dirección Federal de Seguridad a.k.a. the Federal Security Directorate).
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The name of the company, for which Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) worked, was "Smart Consumer, Inc.", which was located in Los Angeles, California
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In one scene, FDR is watching the 1997 film Titanic. The director of photography of this film, Russell Carpenter, was also the director of photography on Titanic, and he won an Oscar for Best Cinematography on that film. Also, this film was released in the year 2012, and the 1997 film was re-released in theaters in 3D this same year to commemorate the centennial of the Titanic's sinking in 1912.
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An alternate ending was shot with Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) ending up with Tuck Hansen (Tom Hardy).
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Another alternate ending was shot where Tuck and FDR are holding one another while Lauren is by herself on the uncompleted freeway.
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