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We also see what T-Dog was doing before heading for Atlanta.
What Could Have Been: The producers were so intent on casting Julia Roberts as Leigh Anne Tuohy that if they couldn't get her they would either rewrite the film as a father-son story or scrap it altogether. Fortunately Sandra Bullock was up to the challenge.
Write Who You Know: Michael Lewis was initially reluctant to mine his friends' story for a book; he had been close to Sean for many years as a child, though at the time of the book they hadn't seen each other in a quarter-century.