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The real Stephen Glass was offered a role. He declined.
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Many members of the test audience didn't believe the story was true. They thought no real-life magazine would have so many journalists in their early to mid 20s, even though the New Republic did. A place card added to the opening of the film stated that the median age of journalists working for the New Republic was 26.
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Melanie Lynskey had no costume changes. She wore the same outfit throughout the movie.
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According to Charles Lane, the scene in which Lane confronts Stephen Glass in front of The New Republic magazine covers was an almost exact retelling of the actual events.
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Charles Lane, who was the real-life editor of The New Republic, was invited by writer/director Billy Ray to observe filming of some of the movie's scenes. The one scene shot while he was in attendance was the one where the TNR writers bad-mouth Lane behind his back.
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Billy Ray initially had a very hard time convincing the real-life Michael Kelly to assist in the production of the movie. Kelly was editor of the New Republic when many of Stephen Glass' fraudulent articles were published, and he was very embarrassed about them. Ray eventually persuaded Kelly to help him by telling him that he was approaching this story as a journalist who wanted the script to be as factually accurate as possible.
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Hanna Rosin, a real life journalist who was a colleague of both Stephen Glass and Charles Lane, worked as an adviser to writer/director Billy Ray. The character of Catlin Avery was based loosely on Hanna Rosin.
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In the DVD commentary director Billy Ray says that when Stephen Glass is talking to the class, the text on the blackboard says: "Thought for the day: Experience is the toughest teacher, because she gives the test first and the lesson after".
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The students in the class Stephen Glass speaks to were played by French Canadians from Montreal. None of the students speak because most of the extras didn't speak English.
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When David shows up late in the office to give Stephen Glass some coffee, Stephen's computer screen shows him building a website for "Jukt Micronics." In the DVD commentary, Billy Ray and Charles Lane said he was building the website to cover his tracks for the next day.
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According to The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007), Billy Ray first came to this project when HBO hired him to adapt Buzz Bissinger's article about the Stephen Glass debacle into a screenplay. While he was writing it, certain HBO executives were fired. By the time he handed in the script, there was a new administration at HBO who "hadn't ordered the script and didn't particularly care about it. So it sat for two years." As Ray continued writing scripts, he eventually decided "it was time to find out if I was grown up enough to be a director." He thought that his adaptation of the Bissinger article would be "a good launching point for me because I knew there was nothing in there that was so craft-dependent that my lack of experience was going to hang me."
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The real-life Adam L. Penenberg is now a tenured journalism professor at New York University, the assistant director of the Business & Economic Program and heads the department's ethics committee. He is also an editor at www.pandodaily.com
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In the 1998 'Vanity Fair' article that inspired the film, Buzz Bissinger wrote that Stephen Glass "established himself as the Darth Vader of Detail" as a fact checker. Hayden Christensen made this film between the two Star Wars films in which he portrays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
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After test screenings, an off-screen voice was added to clarify a plot point. The voice is that of the film's editor.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal was originally cast as Amy Brand. She left the project because of scheduling conflicts.
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Originally, Greg Kinnear was to play Charles Lane.
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Peter Sarsgaard and Chloë Sevigny previously appeared in Boys Don't Cry (1999), another film based on real events.
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In The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007), Billy Ray said that his adaptation of Buzz Bissinger's article built on his experience working on a draft of an adaptation of another Bissinger book, Friday Night Lights (2004). Ray did not receive a writing credit for that film.
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The picture that appears on the upper half of the main poster for the film, (Stephen Glass having news reporters holding microphones up to him) doesn't actually happen in the movie.
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In the DVD commentary, the real Charles Lane talks about confronting Stephen Glass in front of a restaurant in which Glass claims to have had dinner with people he featured in a dubious article. Lane's comments occur as this confrontation is dramatized in an exterior shot filmed at the actual location of the restaurant in Bethesda, Md. Lane's comments identify the restaurant as "the Original House of Pancakes." But in the shot, a sign inside the restaurant that is visible through the glass front door shows a logo (a chef flipping a very large pancake above a frying pan) and name which correctly identifies the restaurant as part of the national breakfast-and-lunch franchise, "The Original Pancake House".
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Steve Zahn contacted the real Adam Penenberg to get details on his character. This led to a comedic moment when Penenberg visited the set and found that he and Zahn were dressed identically.
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The real Adam Penenberg and his eight-month pregnant wife, Charlotte, attended the premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. When he got tongue tied trying to explain to the paparazzi why they were there, his wife chimed in "Steve Zahn plays him".
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Rosario Dawson's character of Andy Fox was loosely based on Om Malik, a male reporter from New Dehli, India. Malik covered semiconductors for Forbes and would later go on to write for Business 2.0 before starting a blog covering broadband called GigaOM.
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The film gives the impression that Michael Kelly's clashes with boss Marty Peretz at The New Republic (leading to his replacement by Charles Lane) were owing to Kelly's firm support for journalists against Peretz's interference. Partisan politics were at least as big a factor: against the grain of TNR's largely liberal politics, Kelly made repeated and strong attacks on the Clinton White House, and Peretz was a personal friend of Al Gore.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In 2004 Glass relocated to California after being told that the New York State Bar Association would never approve him to practice law. Glass passed the California State Bar exam but in 2009 the bar examiners rejected his license application on character grounds. In 2012 his petition to have the rejection overruled was taken to the California Supreme Court where in 2014 they ruled to uphold the decision, barring Glass from practicing law in the state. During this time Glass had been working in a law firm in Beverly Hills, CA where he eventually gained the title of Director of Special Projects and Trial Team Coordinator. At this time he is still not licensed to practice law in either California or New York.
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Glass received a reported $190,000 advance for his novel "The Fabulist". However, despite heavy promotion, it was a commercial failure, selling less than 5,000 copies by 2014.
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