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The Client (1994) Poster

(1994)

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At the time of filming, author John Grisham had casting approval over all film adaptations of his work and specified that "no professional child actors in Hollywood" be cast as Mark Sway. He felt that the film wouldn't work with a well-known child actor (sporting a phony accent) in the role and that by casting an unknown in the part (preferably from the Memphis area where the story is set) the film's credibility wouldn't be compromised. Brad Renfro, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee beat out thousands of actors for the role including Macaulay Culkin.
At the time of the film, the only prior acting experience Brad Renfro had was a school production about D.A.R.E (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education). Renfro was arrested and convicted several times for drugs possession prior to his death in 2008.
Joel Schumacher proposed "movie marriage" to Susan Sarandon in the middle of a crowded New York City restaurant during the summer of 1993 in order to convince her to do the movie. She agreed to make the film a few days later.
This was Brad Renfro's film debut.
Micole Mercurio was only eight years older than her screen daughter Susan Sarandon.
The Elvis PEZ dispenser was designed specifically for this movie, by the props department, and has never been made by PEZ.
Polly Holliday appears in archival footage as Mark watches TV in a hospital waiting area. Holliday later played "Momma Love" in the TV series adapted from "The Client."
Anthony Edwards and William H. Macy both appeared together in ER (1994) later in 1994. Susan Sarandon would also later make a guest appearance. That series would also prove to be the breakout role for George Clooney, who would work with director Joel Schumacher in Batman & Robin (1997).

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