The Help (2011) Poster



Kathryn Stockett's book on which this film is based was rejected 60 times before it was eventually published.
Director Tate Taylor and the author of the book, Kathryn Stockett, were childhood friends in Jackson, Mississippi.
Although it's never mentioned in the movie how Eugenia got the nickname "Skeeter," it's revealed in the book that when she was born, her thin, leggy appearance caused her older brother to remark that she looked like a "skeeter" (mosquito).
Jessica Chastain, a vegan, ate soy ice cream melted in the microwave to gain weight for the role of Celia Foote.
Minny was played by Octavia Spencer, who also provided narration for the audiobook adaptation.
The author of The Help, Kathryn Stockett, makes a brief appearance in this film as one of the ladies sitting in Hilly Holbrooks meeting at roughly 53 mins through.
Skeeter's bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
Katy Perry was almost cast in "a small role" but had to turn the role down due to scheduling conflicts with the release of her album "Teenage Dream."
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen and Sissy Spacek; and four Oscar nominees: Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson and Emma Stone.
The film takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963. This is when and where Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. Real life national news headlines of the assassination are used in the film at about an hour and 20 minutes into the film.
Hilly's house is actually a residential property and the featured cream couch was already part of it.
When Skeeter is writing at her desk, one of the books on her shelf is Richard Wright's novel "Native Son." Towards the beginning of the movie, Skeeter's naiveté is exhibited through her well-intended but potentially harmful acts of kindness towards and interactions with black people in her community. This is very reminiscent of Mary Dalton's treatment towards Bigger Thomas in Wright's novel.
The painting above Celia's fireplace was found in the basement of a hospital, while the two armchairs from that scene were found in a second-hand store.
Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook) and Emma Stone (Skeeter Phelan) have both played Gwen Stacy in "Spider-Man" fans: Howard in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
Allison Janney watched Eyes on the Prize (1987) to prepare for her role.
Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Jessica Chastain also appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Chastain also starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life (2011).
Bryce Dallas Howard, who played Hilly, was pregnant during the filming of this movie. She is also the daughter of former child actor and Oscar-winning director, Ron Howard.
Minny Jackson is played by Octavia Spencer. In the novel, Minny's sister is called Octavia.
The book store in the film, Avent & Clark Booksellers, was named after Avent Clark, a production assistant on the film from Greenwood, MS.
The Help features the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners of 1980: Sissy Spacek won Best Actress for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and Mary Steenburgen won Best Supporting Actress for Melvin and Howard.
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Allison Janney and Brian Kerwin are married in this film. In The West Wing (1999) Janney's character dated a park ranger played by Kerwin.
There are 2 cast members from "True Blood". Nelsan Ellis "Lafayette" and Anna Camp "Sarah Newlin".
Award nominations: Hublot d'Or de la meilleure adaptation (Tate Taylor), Prix du Jeune Public de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor) et Coup de Coeur du Hury de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor)au Festival de la Page à l'Image, France)
Melissa Molinaro auditioned for the role of Celia Foote.
Award: Prix Lumière sur... Kinépolis 2011 (Tate Taylor).
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Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek appears in The Help (2011) and in JFK (1991). Both films are based in the 60's during the time when president JFK was murdered. Both films were critically acclaimed and both nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Spacek won the Oscar for Best Leading Actress in 1981 for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).
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