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James Gandolfini was only 10 years older than Christina Applegate, who plays his daughter in the film. (

Jon Favreau was offered a chance to direct, but made Elf (2003) instead. (

The original Christmas 2003 release date was pushed back ten months, to avoid competing with another Ben Affleck film, Paycheck (2003). Because of this, there's a 2003 calendar hanging in Brian's bedroom, near the door. (

The production was shot without a completed script. As a result, there were many delays and arguments over what to shoot. Actor James Gandolfini admitted in behind the scenes interview that most of the film was "improvised". (

Released to DVD just nine weeks after it opened in theaters. (

Filming did not take place in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) because the weather was too cold. (

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