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Trivia for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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  • In the film there's a visible gap between Denzel Washington's two front teeth. He had the gap fixed with dental caps sometime after high school, but decided to remove them for this role.
  • Both Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo starred in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
  • Originally titled 'Inner City.'
  • After the premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, director Dan Gilroy and Denzel Washington decided to re-structure and re-focus parts of the narrative, which resulted in the removal of 12 minutes of footage. The director said the TIFF premiere served more as "a very high end test screening," because there was no time to do it before, and all involved are now happy with the final cut. [Oct. 2017]
  • Denzel Washington's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
  • At one point Roman mentions to Maya that he was a "forceps baby", to which Maya jokes that she was too, immediately thereafter admitting that she was only kidding. Given what is shown of Roman's social disorders, it is likely that he was not kidding. A forceps birth was one in which the child's body became stuck, for whatever reason, and to assist the birthing process the obstetrician used forceps (something like large clamps) to grip the child by the skull and quite literally yank the child out - albeit one would hope with some finesse and care. The procedure has fallen into disfavor, as some experts say that the use of forceps around a baby's skull can cause brain damage and lead to all manner of psychological or mental disorders.

Spoilers

  • Washington does not appear after the scene when he is apparently shot and killed. However, in the final scene, when Colin Farrell is filing the class action complaint in federal court, Roman Israel's name is the first name listed at the top of the first page of the complaint as one of the plaintiffs' attorneys.
  • Roman claims to be able to use Uber in one scene, which may seem incompatible with the flip phone that he was seen to own previously. But this occurs after his lifestyle change, and the implication is that he has obtained a smart phone -- or at least some means of accessing Uber.
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