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Aaron Sorkin is a huge fan of courtroom dramas, both as a reader and as a watcher. His first Broadway play was the swashbuckling military justice story, "A Few Good Men," and he's returned with another legal thriller this winter. The legal maneuvering began when Lee's estate complained that the play's script wrongly altered Atticus Finch, the noble attorney at the heart of the novel, and other book characters.Sorkin expects no lingering bitterness, with many of Lee's heirs expected to be at opening night.LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who plays Calpurnia opposite Jeff Daniels' Atticus, said Sorkin examined the subtext and innuendo of her character and built Calpurnia an existence she never had before.As Sorkin wrestled with humanizing this small-town lawyer, events in the real world seeped in.The lawsuit by Lee's estate did lead to a few changes, including Atticus no longer taking the Lord's name in vain or wanting a stiff drink both attempts by Sorkin to make him more accessible.There's more courtroom drama in Sorkin's future when he adapts his "A Few Good Men" for an NBC live telecast and sees "The Trial of the Chicago 7" hit theaters.
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