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Trivia: The Sator Square dates back to Pompeii and is a square of 5 Latin words making a palindrome: Sator, Arepo, Tenet, Opera, and Rotas. Whichever orientation the square is in the words line up in both directions. Each word features in the film - Kenneth Branagh's character is named Sator, the forger mentioned near the start is Arepo, the title is of course Tenet, the opening sequence takes place in an Opera, and the Ukranian special forces who arrive in that sequence have badges on their arms with "Rotas" on them.

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Trivia: Director Jason Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, director of the original "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II." As a child, Jason actually had a cameo in "Ghostbusters II" during the birthday party in the beginning. (He's the kid who tells Ray he heard the Ghostbusters were "full of crap").


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Trivia: The password at Adrian's door is 1933, the year the original film was released.


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Trivia: Panning around Diana's apartment, the camera briefly lingers on a photo of her with an elderly lady, with no elaboration of its significance. But look closely and you'll realise the woman in the photo is Etta from the first movie, again played by Lucy Davis, just made up to look 67 years older.

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Trivia: When Barley and Ian are paying their toll at the "troll bridge", look on the right hand side and you can see the Pizza Planet Truck.

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Trivia: The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. He previously directed "Saw II," "Saw III" and "Saw IV," before taking a step back from the series to work on other projects. He decided to return to the series to direct this entry.


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Trivia: This is the third film in the X-Men franchise to make reference to the villain Mr. Sinister, following X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool 2, by way of the Essex Corporation (Nathaniel Essex being Mr. Sinister's real name). The logo for the Essex Corporation is a diamond, similar to the ones Mr. Sinister has on his forehead and chest in the comics. Unfortunately, since this is the final film in the Fox X-Men franchise, Mr. Sinister himself never made a physical appearance in any of the films.

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Trivia: Liu Yifei did 90% of her own stunts in this movie.

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Trivia: Dylan's mom's story about the Florida man who was in bed when a sinkhole opened up under him actually happened to Jeffrey Bush on 2/28/13 in Seffner, Fl (Tampa suburb). He (along with his bedroom furniture) was entombed. Brother Jeremy heard him scream, jumped in with a shovel and tried to dig him out, but Jeffrey's body was never recovered. The house was razed and the sinkhole filled in but it re-opened 2+ years later on 8/20/15. Sinkholes are common in FL and 6 states - AL, KY, MS, PA, TN, TX. (01:26:35)


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Trivia: The language Sacha Baron Cohen speaks is actually Hebrew. His daughter, played by Maria Bakalova, speaks Bulgarian, the actress' native language.

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Trivia: When Fletcher is pitching his story to the guy at Miramax, The Man from UNCLE poster is in the background. Guy Ritchie also directed that movie, and both movies feature Hugh Grant.

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Trivia: Chloe Zhao won the Academy Award for Best Director for this movie. Zhao became the first Asian woman and the first woman of colour to win the Award.

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Trivia: Sir Anthony Hopkins won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role of Anthony in this movie. At the age of 83, Hopkins is the oldest winner in any acting category.

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Trivia: In order to help promote the film, Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi filmed themselves reacting to the trailer in character as Deadpool and Korg from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, respectively.

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Suggested correction: This isn't trivia, especially since it stars the main cast of characters and is based on the sequel to the book.


Arguably, EVERYTHING is trivia.


No, anything obvious, common knowledge, or easily seen by viewers is NOT trivia. Also, things unrelated to the film or those involved is not trivia.


The "easily seen by viewers" is a bit of a grey area, because people (well, I) do read trivia listings before seeing a movie just for background info. But I agree that not everything can be trivia - it needs to be broadly of note, although granted that's highly subjective!

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