Seven Pounds (2008) Poster



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Will Smith's character stays at the Travel Inn in Los Angeles, CA. The same hotel was used in Memento (2000).
Woody Harrelson's character is named Ezra, which in Hebrew means 'help' or 'assistance', hinting to the events at the end of the movie.
The film enabled Will Smith to tackle a subject which has always fascinated him from a different perspective: how do men overcome their traumas? How do they continue to live when everything is going wrong?
Director Gabriele Muccino was attracted to the story because it tells of a mysterious personal journey that is, in fact, a true declaration of love. He feels it tells the story of a man consumed by remorse and the pain of having lost a loved one, who finds himself face-to-face with the one thing he expected the least, the opportunity to start again, to live a new life, and that the story is thought-provoking, bold, touching and full of emotion. As such he believes only Will Smith could have been capable of giving the film so much strength.
Will Smith feels that the movie is a modern love story unlike any other, and praised director Gabriele Muccino for being a master of human relationships.
Michael Ealy was chosen to play Will Smith's character's brother in the film by Smith himself.
This marks the reunion between director Gabriele Muccino and star/producer Will Smith, two years after The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). The reunion could have happened even earlier as Muccino was under consideration to direct Hancock (2008).
Will Smith and Rosario Dawson had previously co-starred in Men in Black II (2002) six years before (or seven, if one goes by filming dates), where they also played each other's love-interest.
Woody Harrelson plays Ezra Turner, a meat salesman. He played another meat salesman, Mickey Knox, in Natural Born Killers (1994).
For his work on this film, production designer J. Michael Riva drew inspiration from the "beauty" and "lyricism" of the films The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) and The Things of Life (1970).
Will Smith joined the project as star and producer in June 2006, while director Gabriele Muccino followed more than a year later in September 2007. As for Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson, they both came on board in December 2007.
In addition to sharing director Gabriele Muccino and star/producer Will Smith, this film and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) have no less than thirty other cast and crew members in common, many of them in key positions (such as casting, editing, costume design, production design, etc...).
Grant Nieporte's first produced feature film screenplay. He had previously worked on several tv shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) and 8 Simple Rules (2002).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The title of the movie is a reference to William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice", in which the merchant Antonio agrees to give the moneylender Shylock a pound of his flesh if his debt is not paid in time. Seven, therefore, is the number of "debts" in the plot. With the exception of Connie, all these "debts" literally get paid in flesh.
Seven is the number of people Ben helps directly: his brother, Holly, George, Connie, young Nicholas, Ezra and Emily. However, the number is actually eight if you count Inez, the old woman Ben orders to be washed. Nevertheless, she wasn't part of Ben's plan and her name was not on his list.
Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise plays a younger version of Ben Thomas.

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