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(2008)

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  • Seven Pounds is based on an original script by Grant Nieporte.

  • In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice the central character demands the payment of a pound of flesh from those who are in debt to him. The 'pound of flesh' refers to an onerous debt, one that is either unable to be paid (but demanded), one that is far in excess of the amount owed, or one in which the payment is set to adamantly exacting standards. Ben Thomas (Will Smith) has a debt to repay for the seven lives he took in a car accident, and so the phrase is both metaphorical and literal since six of the debts are repaid with his actual "flesh". In some foreign releases, however, the title changes. For example, the French title is Sept vies (Seven lives), because the French for "seven pounds" is identical to "seven books" (both are "sept livres"), which would confuse audiences. In the Italian version, the title was changed into Sette anime (Seven souls).

  • The seven people who receive Ben's donations include: (1) George Ristuccia (Bill Smitrovich), who receives a kidney; (2) Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), who receives Ben's heart; (3) Holly Apelgren (Judyann Elder), who gets part of his liver, (4) Ben's brother (Michael Ealy), who receives one of his lungs; (5) Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson), a blind man who gets Ben's eyes, and (6) Nicholas (Quintin Kelley), a young boy in need of a bone marrow transplant. The seventh person, Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo), does not get a part of Ben's body. Rather, she gets his house as a safe haven from her abusive boyfriend.

  • Not the entire eye, which would require attaching the transplanted eye to the existing optic nerve, which is medically impossible (so far). However, blind is a generic term for not being able to see. There are various conditions that can make a person blind, and some of these are curable through transplants, e.g., corneas.

  • He donates seven pounds of flesh (body parts and his beach house) in order to atone for the seven innocent lives that were lost in an accident that he caused while looking at his cell phone while driving. In the car with him was his fiancée, who was one of the victims. In the van and the other car that he smashed were six others, all of whom were killed.

  • "Do Not Touch The Jellyfish! Get Me To The Hosp Immediately"

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  • Before Seven Pounds was released in December 2008, the studio refused to reveal the details of the movie in the early trailers. Now that the movie is out, it's become common knowledge that Will Smith is playing a man who arranges to donate parts of his body ("seven pounds" of his flesh) to individuals in need of transplants. What still may not be widely known are two other twists, one that should be obvious and one that isn't. (1) Obviously, in order to donate parts of his body, Ben must kill himself, and (2) Will Smith's character, Ben, is not Ben at all. His name is Tim, and Ben is his brother.

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