Trivia / O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: George Clooney was so eager to work with The Coen Brothers, he signed on without having read the script.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" was a minor radio hit.
  • The Cast Showoff: Real-life blues singer Chris Thomas King plays Tommy, and at one point gets to sing (in his own voice) a rendition of Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues." Also, that's really Tim Blake Nelson singing the lead vocal on "In The Jailhouse Now".
  • Defictionalization: The Soggy Bottom Boys.
  • Half-Remembered Homage: Though they based the story off The Odyssey, The Coen Brothers admitted to having never read it, instead basing the script on adaptations they read or saw as kids, particularly the 1954 movie version starring Kirk Douglas.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Dan Tyminski, a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, provided Everett's singing voice as George Clooney proved not to be up to the task. Reportedly extremely humiliating for Clooney, as he's from a line of well-known singers.
    • Clooney did work really hard on practicing the song with a vocal coach and reportedly wasn't terrible. It just wasn't good enough for the movie and it was dubbed over.
      • Dan Tyminski had worked with Clooney on the latter's singing voice, and reportedly remarked that the little time they had available for voice training, wasn't enough to get Clooney's singing voice to the standard required for a #1 hit.
  • Production Posse: This was the first time the Coens collaborated with George Clooney.
  • What Could Have Been: J. K. Simmons was offered a role, but he thought it was too similar to his role on Oz and turned it down. He would work with the Coens many times down the line.
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