Check out this interesting interview with Lasse Hallstrom –
Box Office Mojo: When we first encounter Arnie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gilbert, portrayed by Johnny Depp, we hear but do not see them. Why?
Hallstrom: To start with as little information as possible to peak one’s curiosity. I didn’t want to give away too much information—so one can become active in putting the pieces together.
Box Office Mojo: Is the movie’s title intended to include a question mark?
Hallstrom: Without a question mark is correct. That was important to the writer Peter Hedges.
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