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(2003)

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Aileen Wuornos, a notoriously uncooperative person, gave Writer and Director Patty Jenkins access to hundreds of letters she had written and received in order to gain insight into Aileen's life.
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Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for playing Aileen Wuornos on February 29, 2004, Wuornos' birthday.
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Charlize Theron ad-libbed the memorable line "Fuck you, Leslie!"
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Charlize Theron gained thirty pounds for her role in the film.
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Patty Jenkins has said that she knew Charlize Theron was perfect for the role of Aileen Wuornos, when she awoke to a scene of The Devil's Advocate (1997) on television. Jenkins, at the time, was writing this film. She said that an actress that would allow a close-up of her nose running, as Theron did, would be open enough to pull off the challenging role of Wuornos.
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According to Patty Jenkins, the movie was shot in twenty-eight days. As many as four scenes, or nine pages of script, were shot in one day.
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Steve Perry, former lead singer of the band Journey, was the Music Consultant.
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Aileen Wuornos used a storage facility, like the one seen after she leaves Selby's house the morning, after they first met. Although it's shown only before the killing spree, she actually kept some of her victims' belongings there. She sold others to pawn shops, which eventually led to her thumbprint identification, and subsequent arrest.
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Selby is based on Tyria Moore, Aileen Wuornos's real-life girlfriend at the time of the murders.
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When Lee is first shown interacting with a john, she shows him a photo of two young children, saying they're her children, and she needs some cash to get to them. According to Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992), the real Aileen Wuornos actually used this method to lure her johns into paying for sexual favors because her physical appearance was starting to degrade quickly due to her wild lifestyle. She showed photos of her adoptive sister's children, claiming they were her own children. Wuornos' grandparents legally adopted her as an infant after her biological mother abandoned her.
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Patty Jenkins wrote the screenplay in seven weeks. Production was set up in two months.
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Scott Wilson turned down the small role of Horton several times before finally agreeing to play it. He thought to play the part correctly, he would have to go to a place emotionally that he didn't think he was prepared to go as an actor.
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"Fuck", and its permutations, is spoken one hundred eighty-nine times.
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The biker bar scenes were filmed at The Last Resort, a bar frequented by the real-life Aileen Wuornos, and the place where she was arrested. The owner, who capitalized on Wuornos' infamy by hanging a sign in front advertising "cool beer and killer women", has a cameo as the bartender who threatens to cut off Wuornos for being over her tab limit.
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At the beginning of the film, Lee tells Selby that she has a "pressure cleaning" business. The real Aileen Wuornos mentions in Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992) that she bought an expensive pressure cleaning kit for her former lover. She left Wuornos soon after, and took the expensive kit with her.
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Kate Hudson was originally offered the role of Selby, but turned it down.
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Kate Winslet was the original choice for the role of Aileen Wuornos.
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A Beverly Hills pawn shop sold the gun Charlize Theron used in this movie for four thousand five hundred dollars.
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When out job hunting, Aileen mentions something about "giving the baby up" when she was thirteen. The real-life Aileen Wuornos did indeed get pregnant at the age of thirteen from hooking in her free time outside of school, and was made to give the child, a son, up for adoption immediately afterwards.
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Charlize Theron's Best Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination.
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The roller rink is Semoran Skateway, in Casselberry, Florida. Fun World, where Selby and Aileen Wuornos ride the Ferris wheel, is on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.
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Reese Witherspoon campaigned for the lead role.
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One of the undercover cops that arrests Aileen Wuornos at the end of the film is Kane Hodder. The stuntman is known for playing Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), and Jason X (2001).
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