Cast, Crew and Movie Trivia for Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
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* Director James Mangold does not stick to one genre. His movies are:
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- 3:10 To Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale- which is a western thriller and is rated 7.9 on IMDB.
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- He directed Walk the Line in 2005. The movie is about the life of famous singer Johnny Cash and his wife, based on the book by Johnny Cash. It stars Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix . Reese Witherspoon won Oscar for Best Actress and Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for Best Actor.
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- In 2003, he directed John Cusack and Amanda Peet in Identity, a thriller with a surprising end. It is rated at 7.3.
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- In 2001, he directed Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan in Kate and Leopold- a romantic comedy rated at 6.2. The movie tells the story of a noble man who time-travels by accident and falls for a girl in present time New York.
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- In 1999, he directed Girl, Interrupted- a biography/drama starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder. Angelina Jolie won Best Supporting Actress Oscar with this role.
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- His debut film Heavy- written by James Mangold himself-stars Liv Tyler and tells the romantic story between an overweight guy and a waitress.
* Screenwriter Patrick O’Neill is also an actor and a producer, although he doesn’t have a role in Knight and Day and he is not one of the producers. This is his first movie screenplay. He previously wrote some of the episodes of the TV show Dead Last (2001). His acting credits include the films Say Anything and Gross Pointe Blank and both these films star John Cusack. 1989’s Say Anything was written and directed by Cameron Crowe, who directed Knight and Day leading man Tom Cruise in two films: Jerry Maguire and Vanilla Sky. Both movies were written by Crowe.
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Above: Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe,2001.
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Above: Jerry Maguire starring Tom Cruise. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe.
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* Marc Blucas plays Rodney, firefighter and Cameron Diaz’ ex. You might remember Marc Blucas from his recurring role in Buffy The Vampire Slayer as Riley Finn, Buffy’s boyfriend and a special agent trained to fight demons and monsters. His role lasted for 31 episodes. His TV credits include an episode of popular ABC show Castle and an episode of House. One of his more memorable roles is in The Jane Austen Book Club, where he plays Emily Blunt’s husband.
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* Peter Saarsgard plays the FBI agent Fitzgerald that Tom Cruise’s Roy Miller claims to have gone rogue. Fitzgerald claims Roy is the rogue one. Peter is good friends with Jarhead co-star Jake Gyllenhaal, who also happens to be his brother-in-law. Peter married Jake’s sister Maggie in 2009. They have a child together.
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* This is the second time Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are in a film together. They previously appeared in Vanilla Sky. Tom played a young, rich businessman who saw Diaz’s character merely as a bed buddy until he met the love of his life, Sophia (Penelope Cruz). In Knight and Day, the romance is all between Cameron’s Julie and Tom’s Roy.
Cameron Diaz got popular as an actress with her role in The Mask opposite Jim Carrey. In addition to Tom and Jim, Cameron has also made movies with Keanu Reeves, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ewan McGregor, Daniel Day Lewis, Edward Burns, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon.
Cameron with co-star Jim Carrey in 1994's The Mask. Yes, Jim Carrey is "the mask".
Her ex-boyfriends include actors Matt Dillon and Jared Leto and singer Justin Timberlake.
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* The story has scenes in USA, Spain and Austria.