Although he is known as a fashion designer, director Tom Ford chose to leave the costuming in the film strictly to the costume designer. Not a single Tom Ford product appears in the film, as Ford "didn't want a commercial."
Focus Features paid $20 million for global distribution rights after a heavy bidding battle in Cannes. This is the highest amount ever paid for a film at a festival.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was cast as Ray Marcus after Tom Ford had dined with Aaron and his wife and longtime Ford friend Sam Taylor-Johnson. Aaron did not think he'd be suitable for the part at all, but over the course of dinner Ford saw a glimmer of something that he found intriguing in Aaron's facial expressions as he recounted a story at the dinner table. He then won a Golden Globe Award for his performance.
Tom Ford personally groomed Aaron Taylor-Johnson's facial hair for his creepy Ray Marcus character.
Laura Linney plays Susan's mother in a flashback scene when Susan was a college student. In real life, she is only ten years older than Amy Adams who portrays Susan.
Based on the book: "Tony and Susan". The book that Edward Sheffield writes in the book is called "Nocturnal Animals" (so the writer chose that title).
Most of the film takes place through the point-of-view of Susan. This includes her physical perception of the characters in Edward's novel while reading it. This would explain why the character of Tony looks like Edward himself which is due to Susan mentally casting Edward's likeness onto Tony.
Tom Ford edited this film at his London design studio where he would bide his time between his fashion fittings and editing for 4-5 hours daily.
With Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Golden Globe win for this movie, it marked the first time in more than 40 years that a Golden Globe winner in the Best Supporting Actor category hasn't secured an Oscar nomination (however, Taylor-Johnson's co-star Michael Shannon managed to get the nomination). The last time this happened was with Richard Benjamin's win for The Sunshine Boys (1975). Benjamin's co-star George Burns also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, which he ultimately won.
Originally, Tom Ford intended to make two films based on Austin Wright's source material novel: one which departed from the source's original story, and another which stuck to it.
Joaquin Phoenix was considered for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's role, but eventually dropped out.
Art references in the film include; a Jeff Koons 'balloon dog' sculpture, a Richard Misrach photograph, a Mark Bradford piece (custom made for the film), an Aaron Curry sculpture and an Alexander Calder 'mobile' all in Susan's home; a John Currin painting in Susan's gallery office. Much of the work came from the director's private collection.
Tom Ford was looking forward to making a comedy before this film, but he has revealed it was so inappropriate that it's possible it will never be made.
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal have been cast in another project called 'Ezekiel Moss' which would have been directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, the project was scrapped after Hoffman's death in 2014.
At the art show opening, when the plus-size nude models are shown lying face-down, the first one lies in a pose reminiscent of "Benefits Supervisor Resting", a famous nude painting of a similar sized woman, by British artist Lucian Freud.
Michael Shannon's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Laura Linney. Shannon was nominated once before, but was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film.
Both female leads in the movie are older than Jake Gyllenhaal who was born in 1980 (Amy Adams was born in 1974 and Isla Fisher was born in 1976).
Director of Photography Seamus McGarvey stated that this film is his favorite project he's ever worked on.
Unlike the film, in the novel, Susan doesn't cast Edward's likeness onto Tony when she's reading his book.
In the film, the story takes place in Los Angeles. In the novel, the story takes place in Chicago.
Susan and Edward were both from Hastings, Texas. Edward would later give Tony, Laura, and India the town's name that he and Susan were raised in as their surname in his novel.
Some parts of the musical score were clearly inspired in Philip Glass and Bernard Herrmann's style.
When Susan accidentally cuts her finger when she opens the package from Edward containing his manuscript, it's foreshadowing how Edward's novel will ultimately cut deep into her.
This film is the second film written and directed by fashion designer Tom Ford after A Single Man (2009).
In Edward's novel in the film, Tony's daughter's name is India. In the book, Tony's daughter's name is Helen.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone both starred in Donnie Darko (2001), though they share no scenes in this film.
As opposed to being an art gallery owner in the film, in the original book, Susan was a teacher.
In the film, Susan's second husband's name is Hutton. In the book, his name is Arnold.
Though they share no scenes, This is the third film Amy Adams and Michael Shannon have worked in together (following Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)).
Even though they don't share any scenes, this film is the first film that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Zawe Ashton. The second film is Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw (2019). Gyllenhaal and Ashton share scenes in that film and similar to this film, Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) also involves the art world.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Graham Beckel previously appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
Though, their characters, Susan and Edward are around the same age in this film, respectively, Amy Adams is actually six years older than Jake Gyllenhaal.
This is Amy Adams' third film released in 2016. The first two films are Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Arrival (2016), respectively.
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon starred in comic book films. Adams and Shannon starred in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) together, and Adams went on to star in Justice League (2017). Taylor-Johnson starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Gyllenhaal starred in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
Amy Adams' character, Susan, has a daughter (played by Bobbi Salvör Menuez) named Samantha. Coincidentally, in the book-within-the-movie, the fictional version of Adams' character (played by Isla Fisher) has a daughter named India.
The film was released 23 years after "Tony and Susan", the novel the film is based on, was published. The novel was published in 1993.
In the novel, Susan had two children with her second husband. In this film, she had one child.
In the original novel, "Tony and Susan", Susan and Edward had been divorced for 25 years. In the film, they've been divorced for 19 years.
Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, both of whom portray Jake Gyllenhaal's characters' love interests in this film, previously starred as zany characters in wedding-themed films. Adams starred in The Wedding Date (2005) and Fisher starred in Wedding Crashers (2005). Interestingly, both films were also released in 2005.