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As part of his research for the film, director Marc Forster actually sat in an electric chair and was horrified to see the nail marks that the electrocuted prisoners had involuntarily scratched into the wood.
In a 2009 interview with Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels, he revealed that Wes Bentley did not actually turn down the role of Sonny Grotowski, as was reported at the time. What actually happened was that Bentley committed to the role but then pulled out at the very last minute, and Lionsgate gave them only 48 hours to find a replacement (who turned out to be Heath Ledger). In 2010, Bentley admitted that his erratic, unpredictable, and unreliable behavior throughout much of the 2000s had been caused by a longstanding addiction to heroin.
(at around 30 mins) The execution of character Lawrence Musgrove was filmed using the actual retired Louisiana electric chair in the very room where it was used.
Vanessa Williams was offered the role of Leticia, but turned it down because of the full frontal nudity.
The French title of this movie literally translates as 'In the shadow of hate'.
In the rockumentary Lemmy (2010), during a conversation in a bar with Motörhead lead singer Lemmy, Billy Bob Thornton states that he was paid half a million dollars to appear in this movie, and after it became a big box office success, he subsequently received a check in the mail for a further 2 million dollars.
Angela Bassett purportedly turned down the role of Leticia, stating "I wasn't going to be a prostitute on film..." However, Lions Gate Production President Michael Paseornek and the film's producer Lee Daniels rebut Bassett stating that she was never even offered the role, and was already committed to another film.
The part ultimately played by Sean Combs was initially offered to Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle.
The movie was named as one of "The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time" by Premiere.
Queen Latifah was considered for the role of Leticia.
The movie was floating around the studio for six years, and at one time Sean Penn was set to direct with Robert De Niro to star.
In August 2014, Mr. Skin placed Halle Berry's nudity from the movie at #2 on their list of "The Top 150 Greatest Celebrity Nude Scenes of All Time".
Clements is the actual name of the gas station Billy Bob Thornton buys. It's located on Airline Hwy. in Laplace, La.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, and Heath Ledger; and two Oscar nominees: Milo Addica and Will Rokos.
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(at around 58 mins) The landlord on Leticia's eviction notice is Rob Ortiz. Robert Ortiz is the production manager for the film.
Jennifer Lopez was considered the role to play as Leticia.
The gas station Hank buys is initially called Clement's and he tells Leticia it is on Prospect Street. Clements and Prospect are two neighboring streets in North Vancouver, BC Canada, where Lions Gate Studios are located.
This film features three Oscar winners; Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, and Billy Bob Thornton. And, two Oscar nominees; Milo Addica, and Will Rokos (the two screenplay writers for/of this movie).
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Milo Addica: (writer) (at around 19 mins) the prison guard Tommy, who leads the group in prayer and tells the others that Lawrence Musgrove likes to draw because it calms him down.
Will Rokos: (screenwriter) (at around 47 mins) prison's warden.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the main sex scene between Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. If you look closely when Berry rides Thornton, you can see Thornton's genitals.

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