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Serena Van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl (2007) makes a cameo as a player's avatar who gets points for brutality. The player was played by Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds' real-life wife.
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Ryan Reynolds personally talked to Mariah Carey for the rights to use her song "Fantasy" in the film.
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Shortly after Guy dons the sunglasses, over his shoulder you can see a power-up on the floor titled "Blatant Product Placement", which appears in the shape of a gin bottle. This is likely a reference to Aviation American Gin, which Ryan Reynolds (who plays Guy) had a stake in and maintains an ongoing ownership interest.
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Jodie Comer admitted that the hardest part for her was to pretend to hate Taika Waititi, because they got along very well on the set.
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The high-end sports cars, tanks, helicopters, motorcycles, etc., in the various strongholds are all real and had to be carefully protected from typical film crew wear and tear. At the end of filming the helicopter flew away directly from the studio.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson voiced a robber, and Tina Fey voiced Revenjamin's mother.
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Despite Jodie Comer's character using an English accent for her in-game character, it is very different from her accent in real life: the accent she uses is from the general London area whereas in real life she has a distinctive Liverpudlian accent.
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Included in the 2016 Black List of "most liked" scripts.
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The fictional 'Free City' is based on Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto III (2001) and Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) games. In turn, Liberty City was inspired by the real-life New York.
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Second video game-themed film to be written by Zak Penn, following Ready Player One (2018).
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In one of the scenes in Millie's apartment, there are blocks on her coffee table spelling out "ANORAK". Anorak is the name of James Halliday's avatar in the story Ready Player One, a videogame-centered book written by Ernest Cline in 2011. The movie version of Ready Player One (2018) was written by Zak Penn, who also worked as a writer for Free Guy. According to Wikipedia, "anorak" is British slang for a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. It is used synonymously with "geek" and "nerd" and "IT professional", of which there are many in Free Guy.
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The interior of the Stash House, with its glowing stone walls, is based on the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft. The wall panels are thin enough to allow some natural light to pass through them, while preventing any direct light into the interior, which would damage the books.
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While fighting enemies off in the gamer's stash house Guy uses a Mega Buster which is the primary weapon of Mega Man from the assorted video games in that series by Capcom. Mega Man is the main hero of the eponymous franchise, known for stealing the weapons of enemies he defeats much like Guy.
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Millie has an N7 sticker on her laptop a reference to the Mass Effect game series.
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Shawn Levy originally read the script in 2016 - and passed on it. He was persuaded to reconsider by his friend, Ryan Reynolds.
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Shawn Levy's daughter Sophie Levy appears as an NPC, credited as Big City Dreamer.
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The film was originally scheduled to release on July 3rd, 2020 but was delayed to December 11th, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On November 5th, 2020 the film was postponed indefinitely, before being rescheduled for May 21st, 2021. The film was eventually released on August 13th, 2021 in the United States.
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During one of the bank robbery scenes, the bank robber in armor helms a 'biohazard' symbol on his arm and a 'RPD' symbol on his chest. A reference to the 'Resident Evil' games, also know as 'Biohazard' in Japan.
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Filmed in Boston, MA, from May-July, 2019.
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Some of the tanks seen in the streets of Free City are Scorpion tanks from the Halo game franchise.
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The name of Antwan's company is Soonami. This is likely in reference to the real-life worldwide videogame company Konami, as well as Blizzard Entertainment, which created the MMORPG franchises World of Warcraft and Overwatch. Soonami's logo appears with a very similar styling to that of Blizzard's.
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The movie is set in a fictional, intra-video-game locale called Free City. Its teaser trailer opens with an establishing shot of what is visibly Pittsburgh, however, and its remainder appears to have been filmed in the Boston area. Local landmarks such as Faneuil Hall and the 75 State Street complex are clearly visible.
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The scenes in the real world are shot with anamorphic lenses, while the scenes in the game are shot with standard spherical lenses. However, the entire film is presented at 2.39:1.
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Four lines into her audition, Shawn Levy knew that Jodie Comer was the perfect choice for Millie/ Molotov Girl.
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Initially developed under the 20th Century Fox banner, the film was released by 20th Century Studios following Disney's purchase of the company in 2019.
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You can see a bottle of gin labelled "Subtle Product Placement". This is actually a bottle of Aviation Gin, a brand which is partially owned by Ryan Reynolds.
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A Deadpool poster can be seen on the wall behind the gamer using the Channing Tatum avatar played by Matty Cardarople. This is not an accident, as Ryan Reynolds is known for playing Wade Wilson/Deadpool in a number of movies, shorts and assorted live-action appearances.
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The Free City logo seen in the movie mimics the logo of the real-life video game franchise Far Cry and the battle royale MMORPG game Free Fire.
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Matt Lieberman wrote the first draft of his spec script in just three weeks.
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The calendar on the wall by the TV set, while Guy is eating breakfast, has the number 4 missing.
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Although the city in the film is CGI and otherwise unidentifiable, the opening shot of the film shows an aerial shot of Pittsburgh, PA as the city the unnamed "hero" is gliding into.
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Taika Watiti is wearing the insignia of a Navy Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd class, and the UIM says USS Damato. Damato (DD-871) was a Gearing class destroyer, and served from 1945 to 1980.
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The "Bombshell" character, in response to Blue Shirt Guy, says 'Maybe I don't have to be with any guy.' Then she writes a 'blistering indictment of gender roles and the patriarchy'. In subsequent scenes she is often with the "Barista" and hugs her twice. Then in the final look at Guy's NPC friends, the Bombshell and Barista are embraced. Apparently the Bombshell did indeed give up men to be with a woman.
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The film has similarities to They Live. In They Live our world is not what it seems. It is controlled by beings from another world. You can only see the truth by wearing special sunglasses. At one point the hero tries to make his friend wear the glasses to see the truth. In Free Guy the world is virtual and run by people from the real world. You can only see the truth via sunglasses which the hero tries to make his friend wear.
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In the gaming office there is a figurine of Deadpool in the kitchen area. Ryan Reynolds (Guy) plays Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the Deadpool movies.
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Antwan's cloaked costume is a reference to the main characters from the Assassin's Creed games.
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Game elements of the film have similarities with the Grand Theft Auto games and Fortnite (2017).
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Director Shawn Levy's first movie to be filmed in Panavision (anamorphic).
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In the final scene, one of the cars parked by the curb is the Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept and another one is the Infiniti Prototype 10 concept car.
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The theme score 'Ice Cream' is exactly the same as the score for the Disney short 'Paperman' (2012).
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At the 55 minute mark, when Guy is talking to Phyllis, he says that her cat's aren't forming a tower and jimmying the locks, "because they have no thumbs! NO THUMBS." This hearkens back to Ryan Reynolds' 2014 film The Voices in which, at 15:44, Mr. Whiskers says, "Cat food's in the kitchen, Jer. I can't open the can- I don't have thumbs."
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Guy's ATM pin number is "1111" (you can see it around 14:06 into the movie.)
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This is Ryan Reynolds' third film where he plays a character named "Guy", after The Croods (2013) and The Croods: A New Age (2020). He also plays the boyfriend of a character named Guy in Ted.
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This was the first film by Disney to be released during the pandemic with a theatrical 45 day window before its debut on Disney+.
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In the final scene of the movie, a 3 wheel car can be seen in the background. The 3 wheeled car is a Vanderhall Venice made by Vanderhall motors.
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The term Free Guy was used in video games as the more commonly know now of a 1-Up. An extra life your character can obtain to complete the game
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In the movie Millie (Jodie Comer) is an American and her game character Molotovgirl uses an English accent. In reality Jodie Comer is British and using an American accent in the film to play Millie.
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The pistol used by Molotov Girl is a Walther PPQ augmented with a golden slide, which is much more recognizable and aesthetic. The unique PPQ grip pattern can be seen when Molotov Girl first shows up and gets the disk from the masked player in the alley.
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Mouse yells to Guy "Get over here" a likely reference to Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.
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Mouser has a Public Enemy sticker on his laptop.
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Jodie Comers character carries a red Atari bag with the Japanese logo around 1hr and 11 minutes in.
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Lara Spencer's debut.
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Premiered at the 74th Locarno Film Festival.
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Reminiscent of Sword Art Online, Ready Player One, Grand Theft Auto and Other First Person Games.
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Though the establishing shot of Free City is Pittsburgh, and the movie was largely filmed in Boston (a stand-in for Free City), in later scenes when Taikia Waititi is standing in his office, the background is noticeably the Seattle skyline, albeit from an angle where no such high-rise currently exists.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ryan Reynolds realized that Chris Evans was in Boston filming for Apple's Defending Jacob (2020) and texted him to see if he would make a guest appearance in the film. According to director Shawn Levy, Evans said yes but only if he could "be in and out in ten minutes". "He was incredibly kind and gracious," Reynolds says. "I told him exactly what was happening and we were 100% ready for him before he ever even got close to set. He was in and out in about seven minutes."
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MolotovGirl gets a map from a masked figure in an alley. The masked figure is played by Hugh Jackman. Just his voice though.
Alex Trebek's final cameo in a movie.
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In his climactic fight against Dude, Guy uses multiple weapons from other movies and video games, including: Captain America's shield, Hulk's fist, the Gravity Gun from Half Life 2, the Portal Gun from Portal, the Rainbow Smash Pickaxe from Fortnite, and Star Wars' Lightsaber.
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In the final 'real world' scene, Keys is wearing a blue shirt, making him literally 'blue shirt guy'
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Dude (Ryan Reynolds) is played by Aaron W Reed with Ryan's face composited onto Aaron's body.
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The scene where Guy discovers the 'edge of the game' at the water is a clear reference to The Truman Show (1998) where Truman (Jim Carrey) also discovers the edge. In both movies the characters can't see the edge, but feel it with their hands. Also in both movies the final scene requires the character to cross the water. More similarities: stopping the show for Truman, freezing the game for Guy. Truman getting help from actors vs Guy getting help from programmers. While Truman is a real person in a fake life, Guy is a fake person experiencing a real life. Both have a relationship with someone from the outside.
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When Keys asks Mouser about his bunny costume when they're facing Guy for the first time, Mouser turns his head slowly to Keys. This is a reference to the cult film Donnie Darko (2001).
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Chris Evans: himself.
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Music from The Avengers and Star Wars can be heard during the Dude/Guy fighting scene. Both franchises are now owned by Disney.
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Dude was added as a playable character in Fortnite on August 12th, 2021. There are 6 in-game missions to complete to unlock the very first speaking emote in Fortnite featuring Guy/Ryan Reynolds. In addition, the Llama Rainbow Smasher harvesting tool was a featured endgame weapon. Channing Tatum also performs the legendary Floss dance.
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Jodie Comer performs a cover of a Mariah Carey's song during one of the final scenes. Carey's 1995 hit; "Fantasy" is one of the main songs of the movie, accurately addressing the idea of living in a fantasy world. Some viewers will recognize the song's hook which was sampled from Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love."
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Famous YouTube gamer celebrities make cameo roles in this film. Gamer stars like Tyler Blevins (nickname Ninja), Imane 'Pokimane' Anys, Lannan Eacott (LazarBeam), Seán McLoughlin (Jacksepticeye) and Daniel Middleton (Dan TDM).
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WILHELM SCREAM: the Wilhelm scream can be heard after MolotovGirl logs in to the "Free Life", when she sees dinosaurs on the street in the game. The sound clip appears at around 1h 40 mins into the movie.
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During the fight with Dude, Guy (Ryan Reynolds) uses the Captain America shield for a brief moment, to which Captain America actor Chris Evans exclaims "What the Shit!?". In the Marvel comics Deadpool uses the shield in multiple instances. Reynolds is known for playing Deadpool in 20th Century Fox's X-Men series and is signed on to reprise his character in the MCU.
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When Guy is battling the Dude and generates the Captain America shield, Chris Evans says "What the shit?". Captain America, played by Evans in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, berates Ironman for using the same curse word.
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Dude is the second super strong secondary villain that Ryan Reynolds voiced and fought in the finale of a film after Juggernaut in Deadpool 2 (2018).
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