Most of the homeless people shown in the film are actually homeless.
Nathaniel imagines each color associated with a sound during the orchestra's performance of Beethoven. This refers to a neurological phenomenon called "Synesthesia", in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory, or cognitive pathway. It is known to have affected many popular musicians, painters and authors like Stevie Wonder, Van Gogh, and Vladimir Nabokov.
Jamie Foxx, who was already a classically trained pianist, learned to play the cello in preparation for the film.
During the scene where Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) and Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.) attend a rehearsal concert, all the seats are covered with canvas. This was not cinematic imagery. This is actually done in some concert halls during rehearsals, to reflect a more accurate sound, as if the seats were being occupied.
The Soloist 2009
24 Apr 2009 ● English ● 1 hr 57 mins
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