Serious actor's funny first role
Michael Shannon, the super-intense Oscar-nominate actor ("Revolutionary Road," 2008) and soon-to-be General Zod, Superman's nemesis in this summer's "Man of Steel," had his first movie role as Fred, one of the newlyweds Phil helps out. He's the guy that gets overly excited when Phil gives them Wrestlemania tickets as a wedding gift.
Sonny and Cher song, explained
Every time Phil's alarm clock goes off, "I Got You, Babe" by Sonny and Cher plays. It is said to have been in Rubin's script from the very beginning. Here's why, according to him: "If you listen to the recording at the very end it sort of winds down with a big slow 'I got yououououou baaaaaaaabe.' You think it's over, then it creeps back in: 'I got you babe! I got you babe! etc.' I thought this repetition was perfect. The timing never worked out for them to use it in the movie that way, but I guess because it's a love song and because even though it's catchy it would drive you crazy after a while, it was always a good idea."