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Mark Felt did not choose Bob Woodward at random from the Washington Post's roster of reporters. Felt and Woodward had known each other for a few years with the two having initially met one another while Woodward was serving in the U.S. Navy as an Admiral's aide. In fact Woodward had sought out Felt's advice on his future when his discharge from the Navy was approaching.
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Apparently much of Diane Lane's 'electric performance' was cut due to running time constraints. At a press conference director Peter Landesman and Liam Neeson both championed Lane's performance saying how devastated they all were (especially Lane herself) that so much of her superb performance was left on the cutting room floor. There were hints that these scenes may be included as 'deleted scenes' or as an 'extended cut' on the home video release of the film.
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Two of the most famous figures in the exposure of the Watergate scandal, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, are not at all important characters in this movie (Woodward, played by Julian Morris, appears only briefly, and Bernstein doesn't appear at all). Writer / director Peter Landesman told Time Magazine that this was a deliberate decision because he wanted to vary from the "prevailing Watergate narrative." Although Landesman did not mention this during his promotion of the film, his decision to omit any depiction of Bernstein may have also been influenced by the fact that Bernstein has in the past been notoriously difficult to deal with regarding his own portrayals in movies. In a March 2016 interview in Collider, Jacob Bernstein (a son of Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron) said that the most challenging aspect of making Everything Is Copy, the 2015 documentary about Ephron, was the protracted negotiation with his own father about Bernstein's appearance in the film. And in that movie itself, Jacob Bernstein also says that his parents' divorce stretched on for years and was a great deal more complicated than most divorces in part because of his father's insistence on negotiating on the content of another movie, the film adaptation of Nora Ephron's roman a clef account of their breakup, Heartburn (in which Jack Nicholson played a thinly veiled version of Bernstein).
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Jason Bateman was going to play Charlie Bates but left to work on Ozark (2017) before Josh Lucas took over the role.
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Previously titled as "Felt" and "The Silent Man."
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Although Attorney General Richard Kleindienst is portrayed in this film by Darryl Cox, the actual Richard Kleindienst can be seen at around 47 and a half minutes into the film. He is being interviewed by Dick Cavett on a TV broadcast Mark Felt is watching.
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Kate Walsh and Brian D'Arcy who star in this film also star in 13 Reasons Why as husband and wife respectively.
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Both Tony Goldwyn and Bruce Greenwood have played fictional Presidents (Goldwyn for Scandal (2009), Greenwood for National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007))
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This is the second film Tony Goldwyn has starred in that involved President Richard Nixon. He previously appeared in Nixon (1995).
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Both Bruce Greenwood and Michael C. Hall have voiced Batman. Greenwood voiced Batman in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) and Hall voiced the character in Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015).
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This is the second time Peter Landesman has worked with either Scott Free or Playtone productions. The other Playtone movie Landesman directed was Parkland (2013) and the other Scott Free movie was Concussion (2015).
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Although it is not mentioned in the closing credits one of the main reasons Felt 'outed' himself as Deep Throat was that he was in the early stages of dementia (Felt was 91 at the time) and wanted to discuss the matter while he was still able to recall the details of the Watergate scandal.
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