FILM 1326: ERIN BROCKOVICH
TRIVIA: The character George, the biker boyfriend played by Aaron Eckhart, was based on Erin Brockovich-Ellis's Mexican-American biker boyfriend Jorge. Erin and Jorge did break up, but he did not leave her life. He was hired as a full time live-in nanny for Erin's children for several years, paid for by the law firm so that she would have more time to devote to her work.
Julia Roberts received an unprecedented salary for her lead role, making her the first woman to break the $20m barrier.
Julia Roberts won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as Erin Brockovich and famously forgot to thank the real Erin Brockovich-Ellis in her acceptance speech. Afterward she was quoted as saying, "It doesn't bring out the Albert Einstein moment that you hoped it would."
Erin Brockovich-Ellis initially hoped Goldie Hawn would play her in the film, but Ed Masry - the real-life lawyer - thought that Roseanne Barr would be more suitable. Oddly enough, Masry actually stated once that Julia Roberts - who later won an Oscar for the role - would be the least suitable actress for the part, claiming that "..she has no tits and no foul mouth, so it wouldn't work." However, she was cast and Erin and the Academy were delighted with her work.
Erin Brockovich-Ellis: The real Erin Brockovich appears as a waitress named Julia.