9. Voiceovers Are Tricky Business
Originally, all of Morgan Freeman’s voiceover was recorded before any of the film was shot. The fact that much of it syncs up to the onscreen action (see: the scene on the roof where the inmates drink beer) isn’t simple editing. Darabont would playback the recorded voiceover on-set during each take for the actors to specifically play off of the audio. But the audio quality of his voiceover was too poor to include in the movie due to tape hiss, so Freeman had to re-record the entire voiceover in post-production.
10. They Got Lucky with One of the Most Famous Scenes
Every take of the film’s signature shot of Tim Robbins raising his arms outstretched in the rain after Andy breaks out of prison was out of focus except the one in the film. It was the final take shot for that scene.
11. The Prop Guy Was a Jokester
The visual joke of Andy’s rock hammer being tucked into the Bible right after the first page of the Book of Exodus came from the film’s prop master Tom Shaw.
12. None of the Close-up Shots of Andy’s Hands or Feet are Tim Robbins
They’re director Frank Darabont.
13. Stephen King’s Red Was Changed for the Film
In the original novella, Red is described as a middle-aged Irishman.
14. The Mug Shot of Young Red Isn’t Morgan Freeman
It’s actually a photo of his son.
15. The Tree Where Red Finds Andy’s letter Isn’t in Fort Hancock, Texas
It’s in Ohio’s Malabar Farm State Park.