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Trivia / In the Name of the Father

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  • Blooper: Giuseppe's name is mispelled in the closing credits.
  • 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.
  • The Danza: Though Saffron Burrows is credited as "Girl in Commune", a character calls her "Saffron" at one point (though that could just be the Hippie Name she gave herself).
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  • 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: Emma Thompson had actively campaigned on behalf of the Guilford Four in real life.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Daniel Day-Lewis lost thirty pounds for his role.
  • Fake Brit: There were several Irish actors playing members of the British legal profession, notably both the trial and appeal judges and the trial defence counsel.
  • 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.
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  • 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 it.
    • 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 foreword for Gerry Conlon's biography.