Skeeter's bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
When Skeeter is writing at her desk, one of the books on her shelf is Richard Wright's novel "Native Son." Towards the beginning of the movie, Skeeter's naiveté is exhibited through her well-intended but potentially harmful acts of kindness towards and interactions with black people in her community. This is very reminiscent of Mary Dalton's treatment towards Bigger Thomas in Wright's novel.
Kathryn Stockett's book on which this film is based was rejected 60 times before it was eventually published.
Award: Prix Lumière sur... Kinépolis 2011 (Tate Taylor).
Allison Janney and Brian Kerwin are married in this film. In The West Wing (1999) Janney's character dated a park ranger played by Kerwin.
Allison Janney watched Eyes on the Prize (1987) to prepare for her role.
Costars Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard have both played Gwen Stacy in a Spider-Man movie.
Minny was played by Octavia Spencer, who also provided narration for the audiobook adaptation.
Melissa Molinaro auditioned for the role of Celia Foote.
French visa # 131176.
Katy Perry was almost cast as Celia Foote but had to turn the role down due to scheduling conflicts with the release of her album "Teenage Dream."
The book store in the film, Avent & Clark Booksellers, was named after Avent Clark, a production assistant on the film from Greenwood, MS.
Director Tate Taylor and the author of the book, Kathryn Stockett, were childhood friends in Jackson, Mississippi.
Hilly's house is actually a residential property and the featured cream couch was already part of it.
Although it's never mentioned in the movie how Eugenia got the nickname "Skeeter," it's revealed in the book that when she was born, her thin, leggy appearance caused her older brother to remark that she looked like a "skeeter" (mosquito).
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