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(2012)

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Around half the crew were Arkansas residents. In addition, the production hired over 400 locals as extras.
Writer/director Jeff Nichols was desperate to cast his Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011) lead Michael Shannon in the film, but Shannon's participation in Man of Steel (2013) almost made it impossible. He was eventually able to clear out a few days to film the role of Galen.
Jeff Nichols wrote the part of Tom Blankenship specifically for Sam Shepard.
At the time of shooting, this film was the largest production ever to be filmed in Arkansas.
Chris Pine was in talks for the title role in May 2011. Despite this, Matthew McConaughey was always writer/director Jeff Nichols's first choice, ever since seeing him in Lone Star (1996).
Prior to shooting, writer/director Jeff Nichols described the film as Sam Peckinpah directing a short story by Mark Twain.
Over 2000 boys auditioned for the role of Neckbone.
The island in the film is located outside the city of Eudora in Arkansas.
Tom Blankenship's name came from a real person that Mark Twain based his character, Huckleberry Finn, on. Blankenship, in real life, is rumored to later became a judge, but no one knows for sure his fate.
Writer/director Jeff Nichols came up with the concept for the film in the 1990s.
A major character trait for Mud is his emotional and superstitious attachment to his shirt. Ironically, Matthew McConaughey has been widely mocked in real life for his habit of going shirtless.
Filming lasted eight weeks.
Reese Witherspoon and writer/director Jeff Nichols share the same representation, which allowed Nichols to approach the actress with the role more easily.

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