And this 2011 film directed by Glenn Ficarra definitely did that, and Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Kevin Bacon all delivered memorable roles. Carell also produced the project which grossed over $142 million on a $50 million budget.
1. What got Emma the role was the fact that she couldn’t care less about Ryan
Other actresses were nervous alongside the main star, but Stone wasn’t phased. She even poked fun at him when he fluffed a line during his audition.
2. The filmmakers had a hard time figuring out a name for the movie. In the end, they decided to give away an iPad to whoever could come up with the best title
3. There are a couple of easter eggs in the film
Robbie’s class studying The Scarlet Letter is a little inside joke as a reference to Emma Stone’s previous movie, Easy A
4. Another one is a reference to The Office, where Carell delivered one of his most famous roles
Emily Weaver’s title is “Associate to the Vice President”, instead of just “Associate Vice President”
5. A third one is when Robbie is deleting Jessica’s number from his phone
You can see another contact: Joey K, which is a wink and nod to Joey King – the actress that plays Robbie’s younger sister, Molly
6. Ryan and Steve’s characters talk about getting “Mr. Miyagi’d” after which Ryan gives Steve’s nose a ‘honk’ – a cute reference to The Karate Kid, Part II
7. Ryan said that he had wanted to work with Steve for ages
When he was 17, Gosling had the chance to watch Carell on set once. The Office star was so hilarious that it actually caused problems on set by making everyone laugh and ruining takes.
8. The scene where they talk all night in the bedroom was unscripted
The directors basically plopped them in a bed together, poured a couple of drinks, and let the actors improvise the whole thing.
9. The scene with the Dirty Dancing-esque moves was Gosling’s idea
10. Ryan was confident in it because he has been trained in ballet, although Stone was terrified he was going to drop her
11. The film was shipped to theaters under the code name “First Date”
12. Three out of the four actors in the leading roles were up for Oscars in 2015: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone
13. Ryan was told he would have to make drinks in the movie so he learned how
14. The Canadian said that once Stone signed on, he knew the movie would be really good
“The whole thing really hinges on her character; my character has to give it all up for her and that has to make sense. Show me a man who wouldn’t give it all up for Emma Stone and I’ll show you a liar,” he said.