Malcolm X:Trivia

In the film's final scene, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela -- recently released after 27 years of political imprisonment -- appears as a schoolteacher in a classroom in Soweto. He recites a portion of one of Malcolm X's most famous speeches, including the following sentence:

"We declare our right on this earthto be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence . . . ."
The final phrase of that sentence is "by any means necessary." Mandela informed Lee that he could not utter this phrase on camera, stating that the South African government would somehow use it against him politically if he did. Lee understandingly obliged, and the final seconds of the film feature black-and-white footage of the real Malcolm X speaking the words "by any means necessary".

This has been the only non-documentary film that has been permitted to film in Mecca, Islam's holiest city.
The title credits of this film include footage of the beating of Rodney King.
Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale and civil rights activist Al Sharpton make cameo appearances as street preachers.
Left-leaning attorney William Kunstler appears as a judge.
Civil rights activist Wyatt Tee Walker appears as a hospital spokesman.
Although Denzel Washington's two Oscars were awarded for other films (Glory and Training Day), his portrayal of Malcolm X in this film is widely regarded as the greatest performance of his career.
The eulogy that Ossie Davis delivers over the documentary footage of Malcolm X's life near the end of the film is excerpted from the one that he wrote and delivered himself at Malcolm's actual funeral in 1965.
The names of the three assassins charged with Malcolm X's murder are listed in the final credits of the film.
After the assassination scene, all footage of Malcolm X is of the real man, most of it in black and white.
The book The Autobiography of Malcolm X details how most Nation of Islam ministers turned against Malcolm at Elijah Muhammad's behest. Among them was Louis X, who is today known as Louis Farrakhan. Some have suggested that Farrakhan was complicit in Malcolm's assassination. But Lee avoids this subject entirely, and Farrakhan is conspicuously absent from the film.
Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, a member of the Nation of Islam in the early to mid 1960s, was a personal friend of Malcolm. However, he also shunned Malcolm after his expulsion from the Nation. These events are also absent from the movie, but director Michael Mann depicts them in the 2001 film Ali, with Will Smith as Ali and Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm.
Baines, portrayed by Albert Hall, is a fictional character. His primary role in the film -- to introduce prison inmate Malcolm Little to the Nation of Islam -- was filled in real life by Malcolm's siblings, and by a fellow inmate named Bimbi.
In the 1979 TV miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, Malcolm was portrayed by Al Freeman, Jr. He portrays Elijah Muhammad in Malcolm X.
In two separate TV movies about the life of Muhammad Ali which aired in 2000, Malcolm was portrayed by Gary Dourdan (King of the World) and Joe Morton (Ali: An American Hero).
Jeff Stetson's 1987 one-act play The Meeting depicts an account of a fictional, clandestine encounter between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, shortly before Malcolm's assassination. In a 1989 American Playhouse production of the play, Jason Bernard portrays Dr. King and Dick Anthony Williams portrays Malcolm.
The late Dr. Betty Shabazz was this film's project consultant.
The last song played during the closing credits is "Revolution" by Arrested Development. The song was the only contemporary song included on the film's soundtrack.
The scenes of the JFK assassination are taken from Oliver Stone's JFK (1991). In this film, Vincent D'Onofrio is credited as playing Bill Newman (a witness to the Kennedy shooting), the same character he played in Stone's film.
Tracy Chapman, Bill Cosby, Janet Jackson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Prince, Oprah Winfrey, and Peggy Cooper Cafritz (co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.) collectively donated approximately $11 million to ensure the completion of the film. Most of these individuals (excluding Prince and Winfrey) are pictured briefly toward the end of the closing credits.
At the age of nine, Denzel Washington's son John David Washington made a cameo appearance in the film as a student in a Harlem classroom. On May 1, 2006, John (age 22) signed with the St. Louis Rams of the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent.

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