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Large portions of the film's dialogue are taken directly from transcripts of the trial.
Very little is known of the real Frederic Aiken. No photographs of him exist.
Mary Surratt's house remains as a historic museum in what was then Surrattsville, Maryland. The U.S. Post Office soon renamed the town Robeysville, due to the notoriety of the Surratt name. In 1879, Robeysville was renamed to Clinton, Maryland.
James McAvoy is allergic to horses so could never film for too long in close proximity to the animals before he started sneezing.
The wiring around Secretary of State Seward's face is the result of a recent carriage accident.
The Surratt boarding house still stands in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Robert Redford always had James McAvoy in mind for the part of Frederic Aiken.
The debut film from The American Film Company; their mission is to make historically accurate films about America's past.
Robert Redford insisted that the actors stay in costume as much as possible so that the clothes would start to feel natural to them. Most of the actors complained about this at some point or other as the locations were unbearably hot.
The look of the film was influenced by early photographs of the period, many of which tried to introduce elements of color over sepia. Director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel attempted to emulate that look whilst restricting the use of bright, artificial light.
One of the Generals in the court martial commission was one Major General Lew Wallace. He was the author of the often-filmed novel "Ben Hur: a Tale of the Christ"
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Robin Wright was initially unavailable to make the film due to personal commitments. But because Robert Redford really wanted her for the female lead, he briefly delayed production.
The extra who played Abraham Lincoln would constantly fall asleep on set in between takes.
Danny Huston's grandfather, Walter Huston, played the title role in Abraham Lincoln (1930).
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Marking Justin Long's first dramatic role, Robert Redford was reportedly displeased with Long's constant improvisation. Redford preferred that he stick to the script.
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Robert Redford was keen to cast Evan Rachel Wood in the film, having been particularly impressed by her performance in Thirteen (2003), a film he premiered at his Sundance Film Festival.
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Norman Reedus was reported to be the most sociable of the actors on set. He was constantly spotted engaging with extras.
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Both Jonathan Groff and Stephen Root had only one day to film their whole scenes.
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On his last day of filming, Stephen Root autographed staplers for the crew. An homage to his career-defining role in Office Space.
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On the last day of filming when the final scene was shot, James McAvoy immediately walked off set to the makeup trailer to shave off his beard.
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John Cullum had virtually no time to prepare for his one scene as it had only been written a day and a half before it was filmed. Indeed it was shot in just a couple of hours and edited that very same day.
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Marcus Hester and Norman Reedus would eventually both star together in AMC's The Walking Dead.
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During one day of shooting, Norman Reedus reportedly went around snapping photos of the tops of people's heads with his iPhone.
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Toby Kebbell plays John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Kebbell is no stranger to this kind of role. He previously played Pausanias, who assassinated Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) in Alexander (2004).
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It was relatively simple for the Extras Casting Coordinator to find bearded male extras, as Savannah, GA is home to the Savannah College of Art & Design. An art school that has a large populace of bearded students. Many of them served as extras on the film.
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The rock used to break the glass window that flies at James McAvoy and Evan Rachel Wood was real. During one take, the rock was thrown too hard and too far it almost hit Robert Redford.
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Evan Rachel Wood would always listen to her iPod to prepare for her more emotional scenes.
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James MacAvoy's double makes an appearance as one of the frightened couple in the audience during the assassination scene. Both the audience's reactions and the play itself were filmed almost three months apart on different sets.
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Many onlookers, mostly women, disrupted filming just to catch a glimpse of Robert Redford and would reportedly scream at Production Assistants who blocked their view of him.
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The greens man had to remove all the Spanish moss from the oak trees as the moss is not indigenous to Washington, DC.
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Justin Long halted filming for several hours over a dispute with the producers. When he refused to show up on set, a double had to fill in for him until Long eventually arrived to shoot his scenes.
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While set in DC, it was actually filmed in Savannah, GA. All Washington landmarks were inserted with the use of CG.
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Woody Harrelson and Drew Barrymore were both spotted on set during various stages of production. Harrelson was in town for a film festival and Barrymore was dating Long at the time.
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Nicole Kidman and Susan Sarandon were at one point in talks for the role of Mary Surratt.
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The shots involving the audience watching the play were not filmed on the same day as the shots of the play itself but months later. The audience's reactions were shot on the same stage as the court room. The extras watched a little TV monitor of the play, while Robert Redford directed them, and a double stood in for Booth. The double split his pants when he fell from the "box window", and the footage of the extras laughing were a result of that.
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Much of the same crew worked on The Last Song (2010) which completed filming only a few months before the start of production.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mary Suratt was the first American woman ever executed by the Federal government.
The hanging scene was performed so realistically by the stunt team, many of the extras actually cried because it felt so real.
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