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Very little is known about the real Frederic Aiken. No photographs of him exist.
Large portions of the film's dialogue are directly from the trial transcripts.
The American Film Company's first film. Their mission is to make historically accurate films about America's past.
The Surratt boarding house still stands in Washington, DC's Chinatown.
Mary Surratt's house is now a museum in what was then Surrattsville, Maryland. The U.S. Post Office renamed the town Robeysville, due to the notoriety of the Surratt name. In 1879, Robeysville was renamed Clinton.
James McAvoy is allergic to horses. He couldn't film for too long near the animals before he started sneezing.
The extra who played Abraham Lincoln constantly fell asleep on set between takes.
Robert Redford wrote the part of Frederic Aiken with James McAvoy in mind.
The wiring around Seward's face is the result of a recent carriage accident.
Major General Lew Wallace was one of the Generals in the court martial commission. He wrote "Ben Hur: a Tale of the Christ."
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 at some point because the filming locations were unbearably hot.
Robin Wright was initially unavailable to make the film due to personal commitments. Robert Redford delayed production briefly because he really wanted her for the female lead.
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 while restricting the use of bright, artificial light.
Norman Reedus was constantly spotted engaging with extras.
On his last day of filming, Stephen Root autographed staplers for the crew, an homage to his career-defining role in Office Space (1999).
Justin Long's first dramatic role. Robert Redford was reportedly unhappy with Long's constant improvisation, preferred that Long stick to the script.
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Robert Redford wanted to cast Evan Rachel Wood because he was impressed by her performance in Thirteen (2003), a film he premiered at his Sundance Film Festival.
On the last day of filming, after the final scene was shot, James McAvoy immediately walked to the makeup trailer to shave off his beard.
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Jonathan Groff and Stephen Root filmed their scenes in 1 day.
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Most of the male extras were from Savannah College of Art & Design, which has a higher than average number of bearded males.
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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, almost hitting Robert Redford.
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During one day of shooting, Norman Reedus reportedly went around taking photos of the tops of people's heads with his iPhone.
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Many onlookers, mostly women, disrupted filming to catch a glimpse of Robert Redford, and screamed at Production Assistants who blocked their view of him.
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John Cullum's scene was written a day and a half before it was filmed. It was shot in a few hours and edited the same day.
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Filmed in Savannah, GA. All Washington landmarks were inserted with the use of CG. Spanish moss had to be removed from oak trees in the area because the moss is not found in Washington, DC.
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On the day that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated he had established the secret service unfortunately the secret service did not come into full service until 1902
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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 until Long eventually arrived to shoot his scenes.
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Toby Kebbell plays John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. He previously played Pausanias, who assassinated Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) in Alexander (2004).
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Evan Rachel Wood listened to her iPod to prepare for her more emotional scenes.
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Woody Harrelson and Drew Barrymore were seen on-set during various stages of production. Harrelson was in town for a film festival, and Barrymore was dating Justin Long at the time.
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James McAvoy's stunt double plays half of the frightened couple in the audience during the assassination scene.
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Nicole Kidman and Susan Sarandon were considered for the role of Mary Surratt.
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Shots of the audience watching the play were filmed months after shots of the play. The audience's reactions were shot on the same stage as the court room. The extras watched the play on a small TV monitor while Robert Redford directed them. The double who stood in for Booth split his pants when he fell from the "box window", and the footage of the extras laughing was the result.
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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 executed by the Federal government.
The stunt team performed the hanging scene so realistically that many of the extras cried.
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