The Shawshank Redemption was the most beloved movie and one of the acclaimed film ever made. It is the number one top movie, often sitting at the full 250 movies of all time, which outranked The Godfather, Schindler’s List, and The Dark knight. This movie talks about hope. This is the creation of an unexperienced director Darabont. Some of the unknown truths and facts are as given below, so let’s explore something untold and not heard by all of us.
Stephen King’s Novels
Out of the dozens of books and stories written by Stephen king that turned into succeeding movies and tv miniseries, this one is most different from them as it is not of the horror genre. It is based on the 1982 collection of Different Seasons, taking into account Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank is one of the projects whose promotion wasn’t much prominent. Also, the movie banner had a tiny cover to Stephen King’s name to avoid the perception of the movie to be a King horror movie.
Relations between Frank and Stephen
The author of these renowned stories was never a fan of adaptions of his creation to be an adaption made by filmmakers. Nevertheless, he used to encourage new directors to take the rights of his short stories for adaptations for just one dollar. Bolstered’s success in the business made Darabont approach King asking for Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Since King enjoyed Darabont’s take on “The woman in the room,” so he sold him rights of Shawshank for $1000. However, he didn’t cash the check provided to him.
Direction by Rob Reiner
The screenplay was sent to Castle Rock Entertainment, run by Rob Reiner. He loved the adaption made by Darabont and called it the best script ever. Darabont did not accept Rob’s offer. The success of Shawshank was indeed an indication that he made the right choice.
Tom and the role of Andy
Although Tom Cruise worked almost in all Rob’s films. He didn’t want to continue with an inexperienced director like Darabont. He said that he would only take part if Reiner runs the show, which was denied. Eventually, all the other offers were also rejected by the actors, so Tim Robbins finally accepted the role. Another star that appeared on the screen in a supporting role was Gil Bellows.
Role of red written for a white actor
Since in the novella, the character of the red guy was an American with reddish-gray hair. So Darabont decided on the two actors, namely Gene and Robert, for the role, but neither accepted. He decided to go around a joke to explain Freeman as his actor.