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* ReleaseDateChange: The film was riginally set for a Christmas, award-contention release until Creator/SamMendes asked for more time. Instead, it was released in the summer of 2002 in the middle of blockbuster season.

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* ReleaseDateChange: The film was riginally set for a Christmas, award-contention 2001 release until Creator/SamMendes asked for more time. Instead, it was released in the summer of 2002 in the middle of blockbuster season.


* DeletedRole: Creator/AnthonyLaPagila filmed a single scene as UsefulNotes/AlCapone and it was cut out. However, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Creator/AlfredMolina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts with ''Film/{{Frida}}''.

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* DeletedRole: Creator/AnthonyLaPagila filmed a single scene as UsefulNotes/AlCapone and it was cut out. However, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Creator/AlfredMolina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts with ''Film/{{Frida}}''. Creator/TomSizemore was also considered.


** In the original screenplay, as in the graphic novel, Rooney’s death takes place in a boxing ring in front of thousands of people.

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** In the original screenplay, as in the graphic novel, Rooney’s death takes place in a boxing ring in front of thousands of people.

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* SelfAdaptation: Max Allan Collins wrote the {{Novelization}} of the film which itself is based on his comicbook. He also wanted to write the adapted screenplay but was not given the opportunity.


** The scene where Michael confronts Rooney at the church originally also featured two bodyguards on either side of the aged gangster. Michael initially had a line of dialogue he said to these men. Creator/SamMendes decided to make the scene only about the two, central characters, used a much closer shot that only featured Creator/TomHanks and Creator/PaulNewman, and CGed Hank’s mouth to make it appear closed instead of delivering the dialogue to the bodyguards.

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** The scene where Michael confronts Rooney at the church originally also featured two bodyguards on either side of the aged gangster. Michael initially had a line of dialogue he said to these men. Creator/SamMendes decided to make the scene only about the two, central characters, used a much closer shot that only featured Creator/TomHanks and Creator/PaulNewman, and CGed [=CG=]ed Hank’s mouth to make it appear closed instead of delivering the dialogue to the bodyguards.



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* DeletedRole: Creator/AnthonyLaPagila filmed a single scene as UsefulNots/AlCapone and it was cut out. However, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Creator/AlfredMolina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts.

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* ActorInspiredElement: The moment where Michael puts his Tommy gun together to take on Rooney was at one point the sequence that started the film. This sequence and the moment where Sullivan leaves his sleeping son a goodbye letter were originally reversed, the letter-giving scene coming before he puts his gun together. It was Creator/TomHanks’ idea to switch these scenes to how they are now.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Due to stereotyping issues, Creator/StanleyTucci generally avoided roles in gangster movies. However, the prospect of working with Creator/SamMendes was enough for him to reconsider his stance.
* TheCastShowoff:
** The piano piece that Sullivan and Rooney play at the opening funeral was performed by Creator/TomHanks and Creator/PaulNewman.
** Creator/SamMendes claimed that Hanks performed the scene in which Sullivan outdraws the gun at the speakeasy without any StuntDouble, and he was very impressed with his deftness.
* DeletedRole: Creator/AnthonyLaPagila filmed a single scene as UsefulNots/AlCapone UsefulNotes/AlCapone and it was cut out. However, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Creator/AlfredMolina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts.conflicts with ''Film/{{Frida}}''.



* TomHanksSyndrome: One of the notable examples, which stars Hanks as a gangster with a dead wife and kid.

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* RealLifeRelative: Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh (Annie Sullivan) is the half-sister of Mina Badie, who plays the waitress serving the father and son in the movie.
* ReleaseDateChange: The film was riginally set for a Christmas, award-contention release until Creator/SamMendes asked for more time. Instead, it was released in the summer of 2002 in the middle of blockbuster season.
* ThrowItIn: The scene where Rooney slams his hand down on the table in anger was an improvisation from Creator/PaulNewman during a read-through. The scene where Rooney beats on Connor came out of rehearsals with Newman wanting to show a moment where the character beats up then embraces his son. That and he also wanted to hug Creator/DanielCraig.
* TomHanksSyndrome: One of the notable examples, which stars Hanks as a gangster with a dead wife and kid.kid.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/TomHanks and cinematographer Conrad L. Hall asked Creator/SamMendes to tone down the violent excesses of the screenplay.
* WhatCouldHavBeen:
** This was originally a Creator/StevenSpielberg property, though Spielberg never actively pursued it as a definite project due to his full slate.
** The scene where John Rooney and Michael Sullivan are playing the piano together was originally supposed to be an Irish dance sequence shared between the two of them.
** The scene where Michael confronts Rooney at the church originally also featured two bodyguards on either side of the aged gangster. Michael initially had a line of dialogue he said to these men. Creator/SamMendes decided to make the scene only about the two, central characters, used a much closer shot that only featured Creator/TomHanks and Creator/PaulNewman, and CGed Hank’s mouth to make it appear closed instead of delivering the dialogue to the bodyguards.
** In the original screenplay, as in the graphic novel, Rooney’s death takes place in a boxing ring in front of thousands of people.
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Physically, Tom Hanks bears very little resemblance to the protagonist of the graphic novel. After seeing him get into the part, though, you probably won't care.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Physically, Tom Hanks Creator/TomHanks bears very little resemblance to the protagonist of the graphic novel. After seeing him get into the part, though, you probably won't care.care.
* DeletedRole: Creator/AnthonyLaPagila filmed a single scene as UsefulNots/AlCapone and it was cut out. However, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Creator/AlfredMolina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts.



* PlayingAgainstType - Daniel Craig is a whiny PsychopathicManchild, Jude Law is a sleazy, amoral ProfessionalKiller, and Tom Hanks is a grim, stoic mob enforcer.

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* PlayingAgainstType - Daniel Craig InMemoriam: Post-theatrical release versions include a dedication to cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, who died after the film opened.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/DanielCraig
is a whiny PsychopathicManchild, Jude Law Creator/JudeLaw is a sleazy, amoral ProfessionalKiller, and Tom Hanks is a grim, stoic mob enforcer.


* FakeAmerican: British actors Creator/DanielCraig and Creator/JudeLaw as Americans Connor Rooney and Harlen Maguire.

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* FakeAmerican: British actors Creator/DanielCraig and Creator/JudeLaw as Irish Americans Connor Rooney and Harlen Maguire.

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* FakeAmerican: British actors Creator/DanielCraig and Creator/JudeLaw as Americans Connor Rooney and Harlen Maguire.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Physically, Tom Hanks bears very little resemblance to the protagonist of the graphic novel. After seeing him get into the part, though, you probably won't care.

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* PlayingAgainstType - Daniel Craig is a whiny PsychopathicManchild, Jude Law is a sleazy, amoral ProfessionalKiller, and Tom Hanks is a grim, stoic mob enforcer.
* TomHanksSyndrome: One of the notable examples, which stars Hanks as a gangster with a dead wife and kid.

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