What's Left Out of Hilary Swank's Conviction?
The new movie Conviction has Hilary Swank angling for a third Oscar while playing a real-life woman who put herself through law school just to get her brother, who was wrongly convicted, out of prison.
It's a feel-good moment when she does so and you cheer that this poor man has finally been set free thanks to the love exuding from his double-Oscar-winning sister.
But what they leave out is that the brother died from a fall just a few months later!
After all the years of education and begging and finagling to get him out, the guy breathed some fresh air for a few months and dropped dead!
Life is so much more interesting than Hollywood sometimes makes it.
But I guess leaving that in the movie would ruin the happy ending and make it too...you know, real.
PS: They also leave out that he was 250 pounds!
(Still, the film ends with a shot of the real him -- with his real sister -- after their ordeal, and you can see what he looked like. Happy, basically.)