Read them here: 1. The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Adam McKay.
2. It is based on the non-fiction 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 2007–2008, which was triggered by the build-up of the housing market and the credit bubble.
3. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.
4. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film began a limited release in the US on December 11, 2015, followed by a wide release on December 23, 2015.
5. The film is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Bale, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
6. On January 13, 2015, Variety reported that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling were set to star in the film, with Pitt producing the film along with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Plan B Entertainment would finance, with Paramount handling the distribution rights. Before this, Pitt had already starred in the adaptation of the author’s Moneyball, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.[
7. As of January 24, 2016, The Big Short has grossed $56.7 million in North America and $30.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $87.4 million, against a budget of $28 million.
8. Principal photography on the film began on March 18, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. On March 25, filming was taking place on General De Gaulle Boulevard in the Algiers section of New Orleans.
9. After meeting with Dr. Michael Burry, the character he would play in the movie, Christian Bale asked to have Burry’s cargo shorts and T-shirt, which he then wore in the movie. Bale later said he hoped Burry would make it to the L.A. premiere, “because I really want to sit next to him and see if he’s going to punch me in the fucking face.”
10. The quotation that appears on screen, “‘Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry.’ -Overheard at a Washington, D.C. bar” was in fact written by director and co-writer Adam McKay after unsuccessfully searching for the perfect quotation to use for that segment of the film.
11. The character Mark Baum (Carrell) is based on the real-life money manager Steve Eisman. Jared Vennett (Gosling) is based on real-life trader Greg Lippmann. Ben Rickert (Pitt) is based on Ben Hockett. Charlie Gellar and Jamie Shipley (John Magaro and Finn Wittrock) are based on Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai.
12. Second Michael Lewis book Brad Pitt has produced and appeared in, the other being Moneyball.
13. Co-writer and director Adam McKay said the studio was worried that the “heroes” of Michael Lewis’s book were flawed: “The studio was like, ‘Shouldn’t they be more likable?’ It’s like, ‘No, heroes are dirty. Martin Luther King had affairs. Gandhi was a bit of a horndog. We’re all dicks. Let them be dicks.’ ”
14. When Michael Burry (Bale) is looking at his email account after informing his clients that they can no longer make withdrawals from the fund a number of emails from Adam McKay can be seen.
15. Adam McKay’s dramatic directorial debut.
16. Ryan Gosling’s first appearance in a film after announcing his “break” from acting in March of 2013.
17. The production crew recreated the offices of failed investment firm Lehman Brothers in the lobby of the New York State Department of Financial Services in Manhattan.
18. During the end of the Las Vegas trip, the transition scene cheekily and coincidentally ends overlooking a highway with a giant billboard of Martin Short; literally a “Big Short”.
19. Christian Bale does not share screen time with any of the other top-billed cast members.
20. At the end of the Vegas segment with the overhead shot of the freeway, you can see a homeless camp beneath the overpass as though it was an indicator of the future.
21. Margot Robbie, who plays herself explaining mortgage securities, starred in another financial-themed film “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
22. This will be the second Plan B project starring Jeremy Strong. The first project was Selma (2014).
23. According to Adam McKay just prior to the start of filming Christian Bale badly injured his knee. Due to the injury and doctors’ advice McKay wanted to use a double for Bale’s drumming and swimming scenes but the actor still insisted on doing the scenes himself. Eventually the director agreed but for the recording of the drumming scenes he decided to bring in two doctors who, for the duration of the shoot, were in their surgical scrubs ready to perform in case anything happened to Bale.
24. The cast includes three Oscar winners (Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Marisa Tomei), and three Oscar nominees (Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt). Pitt has an Oscar as a producer, but not as an actor.
25. Second collaboration between Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Steve Carell. The three first starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011).