Abigail Breslin played wannabe pageant queen Olive Hoover in "Little Miss Sunshine." She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role, making her one of the youngest actresses to ever be nominated.
Which "Breaking Bad" actor has a role in "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Bryan Cranston, of Walter White fame, plays Stan Grossman in the film. Richard Hoover considers Grossman key to his motivational speaking career. Stan ignores Richard's calls, only to later tell him that he's a complete failure.
After spending most of the film under a vow of silence until he becomes a pilot, Dwayne realizes that he is color blind. He breaks his silence and screams at his family, knowing that attaining his dream is now impossible.
Does Olive win the title of "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Olive's dance horrifies everyone at the pageant. The family is escorted out by security and only allowed to go on the condition that they never enter a beauty pageant in the State of California ever again.
Which "X-Files" actor was considered for the role of Richard Hoover?
"Little Miss Sunshine" was in production for so long that a number of other actors were considered for different roles. Both Robin Williams and David Duchovny were originally considered for the role of Richard Hoover, but ultimately Greg Kinnear played the part.
The directors of the film had previously directed:
Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had never directed a film before "Little Miss Sunshine." They had directed music videos for artists like The Smashing Pumpkins and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
How does Olive react to being so unprepared for the pageant?
When faced with all of the other well-groomed and prepared contestants, Olive doesn't even seem to notice how unprepared she is. She performs her dance happily and without shame, even though the audience and judges are horrified.
"Little Miss Sunshine" was rated R for language, drugs and sexual content. Alan Arkin, who played Edwin Hoover, didn't want the young Abigail Breslin to hear his foul lines, so she really was blasting music in her headphones during some of the scenes they shared.
Which now-famous actor was an unknown when cast in "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Steve Carell was cast in this film before his breakthrough performance as Andy Stitzer in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which was a massively popular film. The producers initially worried that he didn't have enough star power or experience for the role of Frank Ginsberg.