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Steve Carell consulted with his father, a WWII veteran, to prepare for his role.
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The film is a spiritual sequel to The Last Detail (1973).
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Sal was originally written as an Italian-American with a heavy Queens accent. Bryan Cranston suggested, with Linklater's blessing, to perform the character as half-Irish.
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Laurence Fishburne was the only actor Richard Linklater had in mind for the role of Mueller.
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Filmed in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Bryan Cranston was initially reluctant to accept the role of Sal, since his busy schedule had him juggling a TV series, multiple movies, a Broadway play, and a book tour. He was persuaded to take the part after being impressed by the story and the caliber of the cast.
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The novel which inspired the movie is a sequel to The Last Detail, also written by Darryl Ponicsan, which was similarly adapted to film in 1973. The Last Flag Flying's director, Richard Linklater, has stated that the two films, however, are not connected.
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Principal photography took 32 days to complete, with most of the filming taking place in Pittsburgh.
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A Pennsylvania Airport Hanger was used to film the scenes taking place within the Dover Air Force Base.
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The film's editor, Sandra Adair, suggested to use Bob Dylan's song, Not Dark Yet, to play over the end credits.
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In the novel, which is an actual sequel to The Last Detail, the renamed character played by Laurence Fishburne is a minister. And the actor who played the original character from the 1973 film The Last Detail, Otis Young, also became an ordained minister in his later years.
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Richard Linklater wanted actors who could not only handle the film's dramatic elements but also that could add a humorous touch for the more light-hearted moments.
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Richard Linklater first attempted to adapt Darryl Ponicsan's novel in 2006, but held off claiming "the timing wasn't right."
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Cinematographer Shane Kelly filmed the movie using a Panasonic VeriCam. He worked with Richard Linklater to give bleaker and more somber tone compared to their previous collaborations with a darker hue and muted colors.
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Both Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston starred in another road trip film, Little Miss Sunshine (2006), even though they didn't share any scenes together. Also, both Laurence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson starred in Hoodlum (1997).
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Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston had previously worked together on the 2011 film Contagion.
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Steve Carell's character served in Vietnam, but in real life he was just becoming a teenager by the time the Vietnam War was over.
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The link to the Vietnam war of which the three main characters are veterans is more evident in the filmography of Lawrence Fishburne who played Tyrone 'Clean' Miller in Apocalypse Now (1979). The 'Disneyland' sequence told by those veterans is reminiscent of the Playmate visit in the Coppola movie.
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