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Shocking Things You Never Knew About ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ Perhaps the best movie ever created, the Shawshank Redemption is a classic and these secrets have been kept hush for a long time.

Alfonso Freeman is Morgan Freeman’s Son, and He Makes a Cameo

He is the man in the picture that is used for the younger version of Red as his parole request gets repeatedly denied.


The original title of the short story by Stephen King centered on Rita Hayworth

It was entitled, ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. God, we LOVE this movie!


Stephen King allowed himself to be lowballed when it came to selling the rights

He received a mere $5,000 for the rights to do the film, as he had a previous good experience with director Frank Darabont, and he was spot-on to trust the director.


Tim Robbins was suggested for the role of Andy be Morgan Freeman

It is quite the ringing endorsement, and it turned out to be the perfect choice for the falsely imprisoned Andy Dufresne.


‘Red’ was originally a white Irishman

Director Frank Darabont took the liberty of changing the character to a black man, played by Morgan Freeman.


Many of the extras for prison guards were actual prison wardens

The director said some of the guards from the Mansfield, Ohio prison could really act, which is why they got the lines.


This Scene Took 9 Hours to Film

That means Morgan Freeman had to throw the ball for the better part of nine hours, which is actually a pretty impressive athletic feat.




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