'Fences' trivia and fun facts
Amateur and brilliant 'Fences' is the third Denzel Washington's theatrical project in his career as a director.
An story made of gold "Fences" opened on Broadway in 1987, winning the Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actor for James Earl Jones, and Best Featured Actress for Mary Alice. A revival of "Fences" opened in 2010, winning the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor for Denzel Washington, and Best Actress for Viola Davis.
Previously... Denzel Washington and Viola Davis had already worked in 2002. There was in 'Antwone Fisher'; Washington in the director's site and Davis like actress.
The genious behind the screenplay August Wilson was the person in charge who realized the adapted screenplay, and it was the fist screenplay of his movie career. Moreover, Wilson insisted that the film adaptation has to be directed by an African-american.
Eddie as Cory? When Paramount Studios originally acquired the film rights to the play in 1987 with the involvement of Eddie Murphy, it was largely due to Murphy wanting to take on a more "serious" film role: that of the seventeen year-old son Cory. However, in 1987, Murphy was already a full decade older than the character of Cory, and the many filming delays meant that Murphy quickly aged out of eligibility for the role.