Are you now or have you ever been... When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen.
Miscellaneous When the Oscar is presented for Best Screenplay at the 1954 Awards the presenter says, "And the Oscar goes to..." This phrase was not used by presenters until the 1990s. In the '50s the presenter would have said, "And the winner is..." when presenting an Oscar.
Miscellaneous When Trumbo and others leave the courtroom following their conviction for Contempt of Congress in the late 1940s, they're surrounded by reporters, many of whom are using microphones not introduced until the 1970s.
Miscellaneous Three prong outlets throughout Trumbo home are modern and were not in household use at the time.
Character Error In the middle of the movie, Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) is asked how her son is doing in the Navy. She replies that he is a First Lieutenant. The Navy has no such rank; the equivalent to an Army 1LT in the Navy would be a Lieutenant (junior grade), but the Navy also has a Lieutenant rank.
Continuity Dean O'Gorman (playing Kirk Douglas) had Douglas' signature cleft chin in his subsequent scenes but in his first scene with Trumbo, he didn't have a cleft.
Hedda Hopper refers to her son, in the Navy, as a "1st Lieutenant." The Navy has no such rank. Although there may be a position of 1st Lieutenant on board ship, it's not likely that's what the writers were referring to.
Revealing Mistakes When Trumbo is giving the final speech, the net holding the fake sideburns ant the hair at the sides of the forehead is very visible.
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.
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.
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.
Alan Tudyk entertained his on-screen son, Elijah Miskowski, and the other kids on set by performing the voices of King Candy (Wreck-It Ralph (2012)), Duke (Frozen (2013)), and Alister Krei (Big Hero 6 (2014)). The boys were impressed to discover he was also the marine voice from Halo 3 (2007) and it made Alan the "kid magnet" during the early shooting of Trumbo.
Gary Oldman was considered for the role of Dalton Trumbo.
This is the third feature film in four years in which John Goodman played the owner or an important employee of a movie company, following The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012). Interestingly, both prior films won Oscars for Best Picture.
The real Otto Preminger was both a director and an actor. His acting credits included The Hobbit (1977). Dean O'Gorman appeared in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.
Jay Roach's first non-comedy feature film
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.
Based on a true story.
Trumbo's membership card number in the Communist Party was 47187.
Dalton Trumbo went on to write Steven Spielberg's "Always", a film that connects the film "Trumbo" and the real life writer himself as both of these movies star John Goodman, and "Always" also stars Audrey Hepburn who won the Best Actress Oscar for "Roman Holiday", which is famously a screenplay Dalton Trumbo couldn't be credited for writing and for which he won an Oscar he couldn't receive while on the blacklist. A clip of "Roman Holiday" featuring Hepburn is also used in the movie "Trumbo".
Four actors starred in Ben Affleck movies, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman in Argo (2012), Diane Lane in both Hollywoodland (2006) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Elle Fanning in the upcoming Live by Night (2016).
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