Capote (2005) Poster



Philip Seymour Hoffman lost 40 pounds for his role.
The James Baldwin "problem novel" mentioned by Capote in the opening party scene is called "Another Country".
Shot in 36 days.
The film opened on 30 September 2005, Truman Capote's 81st birthday.
In the movie The Big Lebowski (1998), the photo that the PI shows the Dude of Bunny Lebowski's farm is the photo of the real Clutter home, where the murder chronicled in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" took place. Two "Lebowski" actors went on to appear in Capote (2005): Philip Seymour Hoffman (Brandt in "Lebowski"), plays Truman Capote, and Mark Pellegrino, (Blond Treehorn Thug in "Lebowski"), plays Dick Hickock (one of the murderers of that farm's inhabitants).
Photographer Richard Avedon is played by the film's cinematographer, Adam Kimmel.
Sandra Bullock was considered for the role of Harper Lee. She played Harper Lee in another Truman Capote film, Infamous (2006).
In The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006), Philip Seymour Hoffman, nominated for portraying a famous person was in competition with two other actors who played famous people: Joaquin Phoenix for Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (2005) and David Strathairn for Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).
Michael J. Burg plays Capote's cousin, playwright Tennessee Williams. He has also played Truman Capote himself in two other films: The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000), and The Hoax (2006).
The boy known as Danny Burke in the movie was actually Bobby Rupp in Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood, while the girl called Laura Kinney in the film is actually Susan Kidwell. The names were probably changed for legal reasons.
The film gives the impression that Capote and Alvin Dewey had a bitter falling-out about Capote's involvement in the Clutter case: "If those boys get off, I'm coming to Brooklyn to hunt you down!" In fact the two remained very much in touch after the publication of In Cold Blood: Dewey was a high-profile guest at the famous Black and White Ball that Capote threw to celebrate its success in 1966. Evidence that has surfaced after Capote's death about his looseness with facts in In Cold Blood shows him several times reworking events in Dewey's favor.
Some of the prison guards in this movie are real correctional officers from Headingley Correctional Center & Correctional Service of Canada's Stony Mountain Institution.
The director, Bennett Miller, and Philip Seymour Hoffman were both graduates of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, in the Film program and Acting program, respectively, who collaborated together on projects during those years.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Cooper; and three Oscar nominees: Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan and Bob Balaban.
Jack Dunphy (1914-1992) and Truman Capote had a long-term relationship. Dunphy was 10 years older than Capote. They met in 1948 and stayed together until Capote's death in 1984. Capote's will named Dunphy as the chief beneficiary. Dunphy died of cancer 8 years after Capote's death.
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