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(2012)

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John Hawkes placed a cushion under one side of his back to achieve the look of Mark O'Brien's distorted spine.
The movie is based on the article "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate", by 'Mark O'Brien (III)', from the May 1990 issue of The Sun magazine.
John Hawkes avoided exercising before and during filming.
John Hawkes plays a 38-year-old man. When the movie was released to theaters in 2012, Hawkes was 53.
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This the second movie in which Helen Hunt plays a married woman involved in an extramarital sexual relationship with a paralyzed man. The first one was The Waterdance (1992).
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The same story was chronicled in Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (1996) which won that year's Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
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Mark O'Brien died in 1999 at the age of 49.
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Writer-director Ben Lewin is a polio victim himself. He was researching a semi-autobiographical sitcom when he stumbled on the internet on the story of Mark O'Brien and sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene.
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To emulate the curvature of Mark O'Brien's spine, John Hawkes lay on a soccer-ball shaped piece of foam. This actually proved to be injurious to Hawkes' own spine.
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Ben Lewin met with several disabled actors but didn't feel any of them were right for the part.
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To prepare for his role, John Hawkes read every word written by Mark O'Brien.
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The Spanish language version of the film is called "Six Sessions of Sex".
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Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival under the title "The Surrogate", before changing its name briefly to "Six Sessions".
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In real life, Cheryl Cohen Greene was 42 when she met Mark O'Brien. Helen Hunt was 48 when she made the film.
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