Antwone Fisher (2002) Poster


De'aundre Bonds was initially given a role in the film. On the night that he learned he was awarded the role, he attended a family celebration, and was involved in an altercation with his aunt's boyfriend. The altercation ended with Bonds stabbing the man to death. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison.
Denzel Washington agreed to star in the movie mainly because he knew it was the only way it would get financed.
Antwone Fisher was working as a security guard at Sony Studios. Studio executives began hearing about his life story and offered to buy the rights. But Fisher refused, insisting that he write the screenplay himself. Fisher wrote 41 drafts, until he sold it to 20th Century Fox.
Derek Luke was working at the Sony Studios gift shop, when he met Antwone Fisher, who was working on the lot as a security guard. When Fisher's screenplay was bought by Fox Searchlight, Luke asked Fisher for a copy of the script. He went to the casting director unannounced and asked to audition. He has since admitted "I was so terrible, I started crying" but Luke was invited to audition again. Denzel Washington came to the gift shop to tell Luke that he got the part.
Many extras in the film were active duty U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel from various commands within the southern California area.
Denzel Washington's debut as a movie director.
Cuba Gooding Jr., Mekhi Phifer, Ja Rule and Will Smith expressed interest in the lead role. Denzel Washington didn't want a star, and cast newcomer Derek Luke.
Denzel Washington would later direct and star with Viola Davis in Fences (2016).
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