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  • Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried previously starred alongside each other in A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).
  • Charlize Theron and Sharlto Copley are both from South Africa.
  • This was the film debut of Paris Jackson.
  • Director Nash Edgerton is the brother of star Joel Edgerton.
  • The character of Harold was rewritten to have a Nigerian background after David Oyelowo was cast. Oyelowo pitched director Nash Edgerton on the earnest naivety that such a character could bring.
  • At the beginning of the film, David Oyelowo's character sings "Getting Jiggy With It" by Will Smith. Smith starred in Bright (2017) with Joel Edgerton.
  • The language spoken by Harold Soyinka in the movie is the Yoruba language from Nigeria.
  • Thandie Newton, who played the wife of Harold Soyinka, was born in 1972. David Oyelowo was born in 1976, which makes Newton older than him by four years.
  • Amanda Seyfried asked David Oyelowo about his accent during filming and stated that she had an encounter once with a Nigerian prince. Oyelowo is a Nigerian yoruba prince.
  • After Harold is told two allegorical stories about gorillas, one by his wife and one by his boss, he asks why everyone is suddenly talking about the animal. He is later told a story about a black bear by Mitch Rusk, which closely resembles the attack by Travis the chimpanzee on Charla Nash in 2009. This would make the third story about great apes that appears in the film.


  • The movie contained several references to Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," most obviously when David Oyelowo grabs a copy of the book as he quickly packs to leave the St. Regis hotel room. Also, Theron's character discards a framed photo of Joel Edgerton's character participating at the running of the bulls in San Fermin (made famous by the novel). Furthermore, the movie's plot generally relates to the novel's, in that it follows an American man's journey in a Spanish-speaking country. Finally, though more of a reference to Hemingway generally, Oyelowo's character opens a "Harry's Bar," a reference to the real-life Manhattan and Venice bar that Hemingway often frequented and wrote about.
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