15 years ago, "Lost in Translation" hit theaters and forever changed the careers of director Sofia Coppola and stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Celebrate the anniversary of this Oscar-winning indie with a few interesting facts about "Lost in Translation."
1. Coppola was dead-set on having Murray star in the film, which caused some major tension after she began to doubt he'd actually show up in Tokyo. Fortunately, Murray arrived a week before filming commenced.
2. It's just as well Murray accepted the part, as he later revealed that "Lost in Translation" was his favorite film that he's worked on.
3. The strained relationship between Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi's characters was inspired by Coppola's marriage to then-husband Spike Jonze, whom she divorced around the same time the film was released.
5. Coppola specifically wanted to shoot at the Park Hyatt Tokyo after the filmmaker stayed there while promoting 1999's "The Virgin Suicides." Unfortunately, the hotel staff were reluctant to allow the crew to shoot there, which is why so many scenes take place at night or in empty corridors.
6. Murray and Johansson don't have any dialogue together until a full 32 minutes into the film, and their characters never actually introduce themselves to each other.
7. For the Suntory whiskey commercial, Coppola was partly inspired by a similar experience her father had while he made a commercial with acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
8. Catherine Lambert played the lounge singer in the film. She wasn't a professional actress, but actually a lounge singer working at the Park Hyatt during filming.
9. To this day, fans still disagree what exactly Bob whispered into Charlotte's ear in the film's final scene. A 2009 YouTube video presented a digitally enhanced version of that scene, concluding that Murray said, "When John is ready for his next business trip, go up to that man and tell him the truth, okay?"
10. According to the script, however, Bob says, “I know, I’m going to miss you, too.” But given Murray's penchant for improvisation, it's entirely possible he ad-libbed a different line.
11. "Lost in Translation" grossed nearly $120 million worldwide on a mere $4 million budget. It also won Coppola the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.