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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.
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John Hawkes avoided exercising before and during filming.
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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.
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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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To prepare for his role, John Hawkes read every word written by Mark O'Brien.
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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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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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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 Spanish language version of the film is called "Six Sessions of Sex".
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Both John Hawkes and Helen Hunt won Independent Spirit Awards for their performances.
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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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Love Poem to No One in Particular let me touch you with my words for my hands lie limp as empty gloves let my words stroke your hair slide down your back and tickle your belly for my hands, light and free flying as bricks ignore my wishes and stubbornly refuse to carry out my quietest desires let my words enter your mind bearing torches admit them willingly into your being so they may caress you gently within
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