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Kevin Costner was considered for the role of Jake Brigance, but wanted complete control of the project. Author John Grisham objected and Costner passed on the project.
Matthew McConaughey was originally cast as Freddie Lee Cobb. After reading the script, he preferred the role of Jake Brigance. He went to director Joel Schumacher, who granted him a private screen test.
Woody Harrelson wanted to play Jake Brigance, but author John Grisham objected to his casting.
Donald Sutherland reportedly wanted Lucien Wilbanks to be much more of a radical drunkard. Joel Schumacher wanted a mostly serious drama, and said it would be too much comic relief.
Among the numerous actors considered for the lead were Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, Bill Paxton, Ralph Fiennes and Aidan Quinn.
Joel Schumacher originally offered the lead role to Val Kilmer during the production of Batman Forever (1995), but Kilmer declined.
Paul Newman turned down the role of Lucien Wilbanks because he found the film's message distasteful.
Film debut of Octavia Spencer.
Bruce Dern was the original choice for the role of Judge Noose, but he had other commitments.
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Both cast members Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey share the same birthday, July 26th.
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Samuel L. Jackson and Kiefer Sutherland share the same birthday, December 21st.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Like John Grisham's novel, the movie was very controversial, and was widely accused of condoning murder.
Soon after the murders, Jake is tormented by guilt. He admits to Carla that he didn't tell anyone about Carl Lee's plans, because he didn't believe Carl Lee would go through with them. In the book, he does tell the Sheriff, but the Sheriff is the one who downplays the potential danger.

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