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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.
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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John Hawkes plays a 38-year-old man. When the movie was released to theaters in 2012, Hawkes was 53.
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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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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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Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival under the title "The Surrogate", before changing its name briefly to "Six Sessions".
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