"Being John Malkovich" is a surreal comedy-drama film that had everyone saying "Malkovich!" Get inside the mind of the one and only John Malkovich with this HowStuffWorks quiz.
The film takes place in New York City. All of the characters live and work in the city. The entrance to the portal is in the city as well, and the exit is near the New Jersey Turnpike.
Craig Schwartz is a struggling puppeteer. He eventually steals John Malkovich and lives his world-class puppeteer fantasies through him.
In the film Charlie Sheen plays the role of himself. He is John Malkovich's best friend.
Cameron Diaz was almost unrecognizable as Lotte Schwartz. Since the character's look wasn't described in the script, some crew members initially thought she was a stranger.
The film was directed by Spike Jonze. He also directed the "Jackass" films, "Her" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
As a street puppeteer, Craig puts on dark shows with tortured and odd puppets. They fail to draw people in.
John Cusack plays the role of narcissistic street puppeteer gone mad, Craig Schwartz. He initially took the role because he thought the entire film was crazy.
Craig Schwartz is hired as a file clerk at LesterCorp. This is how he comes to discover the portal.
Floor 7 1/2 has incredibly low ceilings. It also has no designated elevator button. The floor can only be reached by pressing the emergency stop between floors 7 and 8 and prying the doors open with a crowbar.
In "Being John Malkovich" Cameron Diaz plays the animal hoarding Lotte Schwartz. She was nominated for several awards for her performance in the film, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award.
The portal allows people to enter John Malkovich's mind for 15-minute intervals. It then spits people out in a ditch near the New Jersey Turnpike.
Craig and Lotte both desire Craig's co-worker at LesterCorp, Maxine Lund. They both end up using John Malkovich to sleep with her.
After reluctantly getting a job at LesterCorp, he finds the door hidden behind a filing cabinet. It is on the famously odd Floor 7 1/2, which has incredibly low ceilings.
Critics raved about "Being John Malkovich." It was nominated for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar awards, as well as dozens of other awards, in a variety of categories.
At the end of the film an older John Malkovich, while occupied by Lester and his friends, tells Charlie Sheen that they will continue to prolong their lives using John Malkovich's daughter, Emily. Emily is being raised by Lotte and Maxine.
Catherine Keener starred in both films. She played Maxine Lund in "Being John Malkovich" and Trish Piedmont in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
After discovering the portal, he tells Maxine Lund, the co-worker he is attracted to. Together they turn it into a business and start charging people to use it.
Maxine and Craig create a thriving business. They charge people $200 a pop for access to the mind and life of John Malkovich.
Dr. Lester and his friends have been using the portal to prolong their lives. It switches hosts every 44 years.
Lotte becomes obsessed with the portal because it allows her to experience being a man. While using it, she also realizes that she is attracted to women and is trans.
After realizing he can control John Malkovich indefinitely, Craig marries Maxine. He pursues his dream by using John Malkovich to become a master puppeteer.
At the end of the film Maxine and Lotte are an item. They raise their daughter Emily together.
Craig is trapped permanently in the portal after controlling John Malkovich for 8 months. He watches Maxine and Lotte's lives through the eyes of their daughter, Emily.
The film was written by Charlie Kaufman. He also wrote "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Craig says that if he guesses Maxine's name in three tries, she has to come get a drink with him. He does it in one try, mostly by awkwardly making noises. She agrees to meet him.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman decided on John Malkovich from the very beginning. He said this was partially because of how well the sound of his name worked when repeated.
In a shocking twist, Maxine reveals that she conceived while Lotte was inside John Malkovich's mind, even though she has been married to a Craig-controlled Malkovich. Maxine says that this makes the baby theirs, and they raise her together at the end of the film.
The film was shot mostly in Los Angeles, California. The state's schools are routinely used for filming, and the University of Southern California was one shooting location for "Being John Malkovich."
John Malkovich enters the portal. He discovers a world where everyone is a copy of him and can't say anything except "Malkovich."
"Being John Malkovich" was the first feature film directed by Spike Jonze. It was also a first for screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
After reading the script, John Malkovich wondered if he had somehow offended screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the past, even though they had never met before. He thought they should have found a different actor to play the part at first, but eventually accepted.
A scene in the film is set during a run through of Shakespeare's "Richard III." Malkovich plays Richard III while wearing a hump.
Craig initially discovers that people can stay inside the mind of John Malkovich for about 15 minutes. Later in the film he takes over his body for 8 months.
Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M., executive produced the film. He was also a producer on several other films, including the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon."
Ebert loved the film. He called it rich and inventive and gave it four stars.