In the Name of the Father (1993) Poster


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In preparation for his role, Daniel Day-Lewis lost 30 pounds and spent nights in the jail cell on the set as crew members threw water and verbal abuse at him.
In real life, Gerry and Giuseppe did not share a prison cell.
Daniel Day-Lewis kept his Northern Irish accent on and off the set for the entire shooting schedule.
Despite playing father and son, Pete Postlethwaite was only 11 years older than Daniel Day-Lewis.
Despite his executive producer credit, Gabriel Byrne distanced himself from the project, chiefly due to the liberties taken with the details of the story.
Director Jim Sheridan was heavily criticized for fictionalizing much of the story. For example, The Guildford 4 and the Maguire family were tried separately. Joe McAndrew, the IRA man who befriends Gerry Conlon in prison, is entirely fictional. Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon were in different prisons for most of their sentences. Although solicitor Gareth Pierce was instrumental in investigating and preparing Gerry Conlon's case for the High Court of Appeal, she could not present the case in court because she was not a trial barrister. MIchael Mansfield, a barrister and Q.C. (Queens Council) presented the case. Pierce never represented or met Giuseppe Conlon, who died in 1980, nine years before the appeal.
Gabriel Byrne had purchased the rights to Gerry Conlon's book "Proved Innocent." He'd intended to play Gerry, but decided to serve as executive producer instead and let Daniel Day-Lewis play the part.
The character of Inspector Dixon is a combination of several police officers connected to the case.
Bono was offered the role of Paul Hill. U2s busy touring schedule prevented him from accepting.
Paul O'Grady played a prisoner but was mostly cut from the final print. He does appear in one scene blowing a kiss to Daniel Day-Lewis.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite also appeared in The Last of the Mohicans (1992) together.
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When lawyer Gareth Peirce (Emma Thompson) gets her hands on Gerry Conlon's case files, some of the file folders have writing on their spines. One of the folders has name Crowley written on it. Another "Guildford Four" member, Paddy Armstrong, is played by Mark Sheppard, who would later play Crowley on Supernatural (2005).
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