Read them here: 1. Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara.
2. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman and Michael Stuhlbarg.
3. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and is based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook.
4. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street.
5. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015.
6. The film had a limited release on November 6, 2015 before going wide on November 25.
7. Bryan Cranston received numerous award nominations for his portrayal of Trumbo, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
8. The film depicts actor Edward G. Robinson betraying his friend Dalton Trumbo and others by naming them as communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Robinson did testify four times before the committee and eventually stated that he had been a dupe of communist front organizations. But he never named anyone, friend or foe, as a communist.
9. Edward G. Robinson did, in fact, name names in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee – including his friends like Dalton Trumbo. However, one character mentioned in the movie, Arlen Hird – played by Louis C.K. never actually existed. He is, in fact, an amalgam of several historical blacklisted writers.
10. Jay Roach claimed that many of the scenes featuring Trumbo writing alone at his desk or in the bathtub were improvised by Bryan Cranston while the cameras rolled, and that Cranston was genuinely composing complete sentences on the page.
11. Steve Martin has written that very early in his career his girlfriend and her “different” family introduced him to new ideas and intellectual opportunities. Her father was Dalton Trumbo. Martin had never heard of Dalton Trumbo.
12. Gary Oldman was considered for the role of Dalton Trumbo.
13. The real Otto Preminger was both a director and an actor. His acting credits included Hobbit (1977). Dean O’Gorman appeared in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.
14. Based on a true story.
15. Jay Roach’s first non-comedy feature film.
16. Trumbo’s membership card number in the Communist Party was 47187.
17. In the Trumbo living room, an initiation certificate is hanging from Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In real life, Dalton Trumbo was a member of this fraternity at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
18. Four actors starred in Ben Affleck movies, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, Diane Lane, and Elle Fanning in the upcoming Live by Night (2017).