Trivia about "Spotlight"
In honor of this wonderful film being on Netflix! If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It's a very important film and it's very well done. Warning: this list has spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.
- •Richard Jenkins voiced the role of Richard Sipe, the ex-priest and psychiatrist, but he wasn't credited for it.
- •Apparently, when the reporters who were depicted in the movie visited the Spotlight set, they immediately went to their "desks" and began to rearrange the items on the desk so that they matched how the items looked when those reporters worked at the Boston Globe.
- •The real Walter Robinson "Robby" said of Michael Keaton's performance: "It is like watching yourself in a mirror, yet having no control of the mirror image."
- •This is the first independent film produced by Open Road Films to win the Best Picture Oscar.
- •The film begins in 1976 and ends by the beginning of 2002.
- •The baseball scene was filmed during a real baseball game between the Rays and the Red Sox in September 2014.
- •This is the second consecutive film starring Michael Keaton to win the Best Picture Oscar, after Birdman in 2015.
- •Michael Keaton was inspired by Jason Robards' performance in All The President's Men (1976).
- •Matt Damon was considered for the role of Michael Rezendes, which went to Mark Ruffalo.Damon went on to star in The Martian, and he and Ruffalo were both nominated for Oscars in 2016.
- •Margot Robbie, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams were all considered for the role of Sacha Pfeiffer, but ultimately Rachel McAdams was cast.
- •Mark Ruffalo said to the real Michael Rezendes, "Can I listen to you yell at someone?"
- •The Boston Globe reporters were very helpful with the movie and approved the costume design, production design, script, and actors.
- •The credits and title cards are typed in Miller, the exact same font that the Boston Globe uses.
- •During breaks, Mark Ruffalo would ask the real Michael Rezendes to say his lines to him.
- •By the time the film was released, Michael Rezendes was the only journalist who was still on the Spotlight team.