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Keira Knightley had to learn play guitar for the role. Her husband, musician James Righton, offered his help. According to Knightley, his lessons were disastrous, and almost led to "divorce and murder".
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The house that is given to Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine) in New York City, is the real house of Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo.
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Some of the dialogue is improvised, particularly from Mark Ruffalo and James Corden.
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Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role in early stages of production, but dropped out.
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Dan's last name is Mulligan. In golf, a mulligan is a free shot, or a second chance, for a golfer to replay his or her last swing. The surname choice may be a reference Dan's "second chance" at having a successful career.
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The red electric guitar Adam Levine (Dave) plays at the end of the movie is his actual guitar that he plays at concert; it's his personal favorite.
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The Electric Lady recording studio was also featured in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008).
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Former Boyzone vocalist Ronan Keating vied unsuccessfully for the part of Dave.
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The original working title of the film was "Can a Song Save Your Life?"
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Director John Carney told Variety in an interview, that he considered casting a pop singer as Gretta James, including Adele and Florence Welch.
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Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley spent a couple of weeks hanging out with each other before production began, to build their chemistry and their characters, and to work on their improvisations.
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Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo were nominated for Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role in 87th Academy Awards, but not for these roles.
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In May 2016, John Carney told the Independent, that while he considered Mark Ruffalo a great actor, and Adam Levine a joy, with whom to work, he didn't like Keira Knightley's performance in this film under his direction. Carney said "It's not like I hate the Hollywood thing, but I like to work with curious, proper film actors, as opposed to movie stars", and "I learned that I'll never make a film with supermodels again." He later apologized and recanted his statement.
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In the film, Dave Kohl's debut album is titled "Jane's Last Day". The title of the album parodies the debut album "Songs About Jane" by Adam Levine's band Maroon 5.
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Adam Levine and CeeLo Green were judges on The Voice (2011) together.
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Dan's Jaguar has New York license plates, but no New York registration or inspection sticker on its windshield.
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Hailee Steinfeld and Yasiin Bey (Yasiin Bey) share the same birthday, December 11.
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Cameo 

Sharman Macdonald: A customer seated behind Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo) in a small café, just before Dan storms out.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When they record the first live song outside, one of the children playing in the alley is Mark Ruffalo's son, Keen.
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When Dan and Gretta release her debut album online, her full name on the album cover is revealed to be "Gretta James", which takes inspiration and eerie similarity from the R&B singer Etta James. Despite her last name being shown on the album (and on her credit card during her failed attempt to leave New York City), she is still credited only as "Gretta".
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The album Gretta releases at the end of the film is titled, "The Great Outdoors".
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