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Evan Rachel Wood broke the capillaries around her eyes while filming an intensely emotional scene.
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Ellen Page was inspired to make the film after coming across the book written by Jean Hegland while browsing through a small store in her native Halifax. It was suggested to her by the woman working there and after she read it, she decided to produce a movie-version of the story.
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Ellen and Evan spent a great deal of time together to make their onscreen sibling relationship seem authentic. However, Ellen explained that it wasn't just method-acting, they genuinely experienced a deep and unique connection.
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Although Ellen Page had not met Evan Rachel Wood prior to casting her in this movie, Max Minghella has been a long time friend of Ellen's and had worked with Evan a few years prior in Ides of March. The three bonded during filming.
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Ellen Page is 6 1/2 months older than the actress, Evan Rachel Wood, who played her older sister. Though they both played teenagers in the film, at the date of release they were 29 and 28, respectively.
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Eva and Nell are shortened derivatives of the actors' real names.
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Movie contains Ellen Page's first on screen nude scene.
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The pig butchering scene was real. Ellen Page learned the process specifically to include in this film. She's quoted explaining how it was difficult and upsetting.
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In the film, the house begins to decay and is eventually burned down. In actuality, the crew and production designer were able to achieve those visuals without leaving a mark on the beloved building designed by modern architect, Frederick Hollingsworth.
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