FILM 1371: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
TRIVIA: The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that "There are like eight people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, he only sees eight different people.
As of 2014, Papa John's has no restaurants in Iceland. A bakery in the West Iceland town of Borgarnes was converted into Papa John's for the movie.
"LIFE" was an American photojournalism magazine. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special from 1972 to 1978, and monthly from 1978 to 2000. From 2004 to 2007, it was a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time Inc. In its heyday, it occupied five floors of the Time & Life Building in Midtown Manhattan. George Story appeared as a baby in the first picture in the first issue of Life, published November 23, 1936. He died April 4, 2000, days after LIFE announced it would no longer be published as a monthly.
Local Icelandic media reported on the willingness of residents and municipalities to assist in the film production. A townhouse in Stykkishólmur, on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the west, was painted black. The inhabitants in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland agreed to keep a low profile for a day.
Sean O'Connell's camera has its Nikon logo blacked out. The movie's producers may not have had Nikon's permission to use their name. However, many real-life professional photographers cover their camera's logos to avoid questions from lay photographers, or to avoid advertising their gear choices.
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available, because a group of "horny Chileans" want to take the bicycle to a strip club. Iceland's parliament banned strip clubs in 2010. The law made stripteases illegal and banned any club from making a profit based on an employee's nudity.
Actors Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all considered for the role of Walter Mitty during the development of this film.
In January 2014, a screener copy of the film was leaked to the web bearing the caption "Property of Fox" at the top and "'Ellen Degeneres' 11/26/13" at the bottom. Degeneres' production company was forced to issue a statement regarding the issue.
Shirley MacLaine, appeared on the cover of Life magazine four times. The first time was with her daughter, Sachi Parker, in the February 9, 1959 issue. The second time was to promote My Geisha (1962) in the February 19, 1961 issue. The third time was to promote The Children's Hour (1961) in the February 23, 1962 issue. The fourth time was to promote Irma la Douce (1963) in the June 21, 1963 issue.