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  • Adam McKay wanted to make this a drama, not a comedy.
  • The George W. Bush quote displayed at the beginning of the movie is: "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."
  • Shipped to some theaters under the name "The Insane Team".
  • Adam McKay:  One of the bosses that interviews Dale and Brennan.
  • The drum set that band Uptown Girl uses at the party is the same drum set that belongs to Dale.
  • The name of the high school which Brennan performs during the talent show and gets made fun of by Derek is "Great Valley High School" which is the name of the actual high school director Adam McKay attended.
  • Jon Hamm and Thomas Lennon both auditioned for the role of Derek.
  • "Por Ti Volare", the song Will Ferrell's character sings at the Catalina Wine Mixer, is a Spanish version of Andrea Bocelli's Con te partiro.
  • Playground bully Chris Gardocki is named after an NFL punter who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Brennan says he smoked pot with Johnny Hopkins and Sloan Kettering. There is a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York which is also mentioned in the lyrics to the opening song "A-Punk" by the New York band Vampire Weekend. And although it's not exactly called "Johnny," the famous Johns Hopkins hospital is in Baltimore.
  • Will Ferrell does his own singing and John C. Reilly does his own drumming.
  • In the scene where Brennan and Dale are in their room showing each other their night vision goggles and autographed sword, the camera pans around while the characters are walking, and you can see a Hugalo's Pizza car light on top of the chest of drawers in the room. Will Ferrell worked for Hugalo's Pizza in "Talladega Nights" (which starred both Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) after he lost his job as a race car driver.
  • Mary Steenburgen played Will Ferrell's step mother in the Christmas film Elf (2003). In this film Mary plays Will's actual mother.
  • Director Cameo: (Adam McKay) One of the bosses that interviews Dale and Brennan.
  • At one point, Will Ferrell's character disguises himself as a Nazi to scare away possible buyers of their house. In the remake of The Producers (2005), he played a fugitive Nazi.
  • The name of the high school which Brennan preforms during the talent show and gets made fun of by Derek is "Great Valley High School" which is the name of the actual high school director Adam McKay attended.
  • Shipped to some theaters under the name "The Insane Team".
  • The fake testicles that Will Ferrell used were worth around $20,000 and presented to him as a wrap present.
  • In Dale's bedroom there is a sign for Hugalo's Pizza, the same pizza place that 'Will Farrell' worked for in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006).
  • * * The song that Brennan sings with Dale is the the song which is "Por Ti Volare" which is featured as the opening song for Will Ferrell's movie Blades of Glory (2007). Will Ferrell is actually singing and John C. Reilly is actually playing drums.
  • The name of the bully in the playground is Chris Gardocki, which is the same name as a NFL punter who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Mary Steenburgen played Will Ferrell's step mother in the Christmas film Elf (2003). In this film Mary plays Will's actual mother.
  • Director Adam McKay states on the commentary that they originally went to the island of Catalina for location searches and discovered that he did not really like the island. They instead shot on the coast and during several shots, the island of Catalina can be seen. McKay chose not to have it digitally edited out as a joke.
  • he song that Will Ferrell's character (Brennan Huff) sings during the Catalina Wine Mixer "Por Ti Volaire", can also be heard as the first song that Jon Heder's character (Jimmy MacElroy) in the film Blades of Glory (2007) skates to at the beginning while wearing the Peacock outfit. Will Ferrell was also in Blades of Glory as Chazz Michael Michaels.
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