Trivia / Philadelphia

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains:
    • #49 Hero, Andrew Beckett
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Songs:
    • #68, "Streets Of Philadelphia"
  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: #20
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Tom Hanks had to starve himself during the film's entire production to appear as though he were waisting away from AIDS. Denzel Washington, on the other hand, was encouraged to gain weight to give the impression of someone who lived much more comfortably.
  • Executive Meddling: Several scenes depicting a more intimate relationship between Andrew and Miguel were chopped out by the studio. They also attempted to block the casting of the HIV-positive Ron Vawternote , until director Jonathan Demme pointed out how hypocritical this would be in the face of the film's message.
  • What Could Have Been: Daniel Day-Lewis was Jonathan Demme's first choice to play Andrew Beckett. This has led to a rather tasteless joke in regards to Lewis'd intense Method Acting, saying that, had he been casted, he'd have actually contracted AIDS for the role.