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(2008)

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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).
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 (I)' chose Michael Ealy to play Tim's brother, Ben.
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.
'Tom Hanks' auditioned for the role of Ben.
Woody Harrelson's character is named Ezra, which in Hebrew means 'help' or 'assistance', hinting to the events at the end of the movie.
Woody Harrelson''s character, Ezra, is vegan. Harrelson is a real-life vegan.
Grant Nieporte's first produced feature film screenplay.
Woody Harrelson plays Ezra Turner, a meat salesman. He played another meat salesman, Mickey Knox, in Natural Born Killers (1994).
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.
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).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The title 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 on time. Seven is the number of "debts" in the plot. With the exception of Connie, all of the "debts" are literally paid in flesh.
Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise plays a younger version of Ben Thomas.
Banana peel makes good fertilizer because it's rich in potassium. The box jellyfish kills by flooding the victim's blood with potassium.
Ben helps seven people directly: Tim, Holly, George, Connie, young Nicholas, Ezra and Emily. If you count Inez, the old woman Ben orders to be washed, he helps with people. She wasn't part of Ben's plan, and her name was not on his list.
The bathtub note reads, "Do not touch the jellyfish! Get me to the hospital immediately!"

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