Trivia / In the Name of the Father
Creator Backlash: Despite his executive producer credit, Gabriel Byrne distanced himself from the project, chiefly due to the liberties taken with the details of the story.
Dawson Casting: Beatie Edney played 17-year-old Carol Richardson while being at least 30 at the time of filming herself (although she's later aged up as her character spends 15 years in prison).
Deleted Role: Paul O'Grady played a prisoner but was mostly cut from the final print. He does appear in one scene blowing a kiss to Gerry.
Dyeing for Your Art: Daniel Day-Lewis lost thirty pounds for his role.
Fake Irish: Mostly averted, except for Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite and Mark Sheppard. However, Day-Lewis's father was Irish, he got Irish citizenship and lives there, while Sheppard also has some Irish heritage. All of them put on good accents too.
Method Acting: Daniel Day-Lewis spent nights in the jail cell on the set as crew members threw water and verbal abuse at him. He also kept the Irish accent on and off the set for the entire shooting schedule.
What Could Have Been:
Bono was offered the role of Paul Hill. U2's busy touring schedule prevented him from accepting.
Gerry Conlon had befriended Johnny Depp during the summer of 1990, and was keen for Depp to play him in a film. Depp would later provide the forewood for Gerry Conlon's biography.