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Trivia for Just Mercy

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  • Based on the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.
  • This is Brie Larson and Destin Daniel Creston's third collaboration together after The Glass Castle (2017) and Short Term 12 (2013).
  • Some scenes were filmed in Montgomery, Alabama, during mid-2018.
  • This film marks the third collaboration between Tim Blake Nelson and Brie Larson. They previously starred in Hoot (2006) and Don Jon (2013).
  • In a November 21, 2018, interview with Michael B. Jordan on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Jordan said that Just Mercy was the first movie he had made with an Inclusion Rider. He said, "It looked and felt like a set that I've always wanted to have."
  • The roadblock scene was not intended to be a night scene. The film crew was delayed for almost 4 hours due to storms and it pushed the filming back to nighttime.
  • Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson have appeared in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael B. Jordan appeared in Black Panther (2018). Brie Larson appeared in Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In addition, Destin Daniel Cretton's next film he will be directing is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). Tim Blake Nelson also appeared in the MCU in the Incredible Hulk (2008).
  • Monroeville boasts that it was the hometown of Harper Lee and inspiration for the fictional town in To Kill a Mockingbird. In that book, the sheriff's name is Heck Tate. In Monroeville, it is Tom Tate.
  • The original Woody Allen/Johnny D/Hard Choices (1992) show, seen reenacted here, was first broadcast on 22nd November 1992 with the header: Woody Allen/Johnny D/Hard Choices.
  • When Stevenson first arrives in Alabama to set up his office, the song Don't Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes is playing in the background.
  • In one scene, Bryan and Eva are sitting on the banks of the Alabama River watching a recreation of a nineteenth-century riverboat (the Harriott) sail by. Bryan says to Eva, "Nobody wants to remember that this is where thousands of enslaved people were shipped in and paraded up the street to be sold. Ten miles from here, black people were pulled from their homes and lynched and nobody talks about it. " This is a nod to the fact that years after this movie takes place, during the 2000s, Stevenson's organization the Equal Justice Initiative expanded its mission; although it continues to provide legal defense and advocacy for prisoners on death row, children in adult prisons, people who have been wrongfully convicted, and others in need of defense, they also started to memorialize the history of slavery and lynching in America. In April 2018, EJI opened two new facilities. One was the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, a museum located in a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The other was National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people and people terrorized and murdered by lynching. EJI also works with communities to install historical markers that acknowledge lynchings in those cities' pasts.
  • Bryan G. Stevenson plays his own father Howard Stevenson Jr in the movie.
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