FILM 1505: THAT THING YOU DO!
TRIVIA: Tom Hanks's writer-directorial film debut.
The four actors playing The Wonders rehearsed as a band for eight weeks to get the feel of performing - but most of their performances in the film were dubbed by other musicians.
Film debut of Tom Everett Scott. Tom Hanks was initially opposed to hiring Scott because of Scott's strong resemblance to a younger Hanks. He was finally convinced by his wife, Rita Wilson, who thought Scott was cute.
Adam Schlesinger, the bassist of Fountains of Wayne, penned the title song in response to a contest being held by the studio. Their song won, being used in the movie. The movie was released shortly after their first album.
Tom Hanks claimed that he wrote the script while on the promotional tour for Forrest Gump (1994) due to his boredom doing non-stop interviews.
Including full versions, alternative versions, live versions and snippets, the song "That Thing You Do" is heard eleven times in the movie.
Frequent Tom Hanks collaborator, Ron Howard's, brother plays a DJ in the film. It's Howard's director hallmark to feature his brother in his work.