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Daniel Stiepleman - the writer of the film - is Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nephew.
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Realizing that she wanted to have the real life Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear at the end of her film, director Mimi Leder wrote to the Supreme Justice and was delighted when she responded with a yes. Her appearance in the film took three takes (Ginsberg wouldn't allow any more).
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When Ruth Bader Ginsburg is preparing to appear in front of the federal appeals court, she practices in front of a panel of mock judges, including her former professor Gerald Gunther and the legal scholar, civil rights activist, and pioneering Episcopal priest Pauli Murray. During the practice session, Murray assumes the identity of a male judge; in fact, in Rosalind Rosenberg's 2017 biography "Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray," Rosenberg reveals that Murray was, in fact, what we would today characterize as transgender--he identified as male.
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Backers of the film insisted that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband, played in the film by Armie Hammer, should not appear so supportive and be more antagonistic towards his wife's success. Screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman refused to do this.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the film's premiere, along with her friends Gloria Steinem and Hillary Clinton. Days later, she was diagnosed with cancerous nodules on her lungs.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was delighted with the final film, including the sex scene.
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During the opening argument, Felicity Jones in the lead role pauses uncomfortably; the real Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't hesitate during the opening argument.
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Natalie Portman was attached to star as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for at least four years as the project was stuck in development. She eventually dropped out.
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Mimi Leder made a point of her two lead actors, Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer, meeting the Supreme Justice before shooting began. Seemingly, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was very taken with Hammer, who was playing her late husband.
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Although she plays their daughter, Cailee Spaeny is only 13 years younger than Felicity Jones and 11 years younger than Armie Hammer.
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Felicity Jones had some caps fitted to her teeth to make her more physically similar to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 5 feet 1 inch tall. Felicity Jones is 5 feet 3 inches.
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Shot in 34 days - 33 in Montreal and one in Washington DC.
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The first case covered in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's contracts class at Harvard Law School was Hawkins v. McGee (1943). This was also the first case covered in the contracts class in The Paper Chase (1973), also set at Harvard Law School.
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Received 17 votes on 2014's Blacklist competition, which ranks the best unproduced scripts of that year.
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Justin Theroux said he never spoke to Melvin Wulf when preparing for the role. In 2020, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, 93-year old Wulf said that the moot scene from the film never happened in real life, and that his wife wasn't pleased with the film's portrayal of him. He did agree that he had met Ruth Kiki Bader in 1944, when she was twelve years old and he was a sixteen year old waiter at a Jewish girls' camp in the Adirondocks. They didn't meet again until twenty-six years later, when she remembered him from camp and asked his A.C.L.U. (American Civil LIberties Union) office to back her sex discrimination tax case. She won the case, and they continued to work together at ACLU, since she co-founded the Women's Rights Project and served on the Board and as the General Counsel. In 1977, he got caught on the wrong side of internal A.C.L.U. politics, and asked for her help. She told him it wasn't in her political interest to help him. After the breach, the two never spoke again. He went into private practice, while she became a judge just three years later.
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Mimi Leder's first feature film release in 18 years.
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Paul Spera, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's grandson, plays the role of Bennet in the movie.
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Cameo 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She appears as herself at the very end.
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Even though she pleaded with the dean, Ruth Bader Ginsburg went and earned her law degree from Columbia, not Harvard.
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Even though Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated top of her class in Harvard and Columbia, she was unable to obtain a job within a law firm.
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