Stephen King Never Cashed His Shawshank Redemption Check

It’s not an exaggeration to say that famed author Stephen King is an unusual guy. One can see from the content he has created, that his mind works in unique ways. One of King’s stories, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was adapted by director Frank Darabont into The Shawshank Redemption and is considered by many to be one of the best films of all time.

A recent article from the The Wall Street Journal revealed that King never cashed the $5,000 check he was issued by Darabont for the rights to turn the story into a film. King never cashed the check and sent it back to Darabont some years later. Below you can find an excerpt from the article.

“Mr. King never cashed the $5,000 check (director Frank Darabont) sent him for the right to turn his story into a movie. Years after Shawshank came out, the author got the check framed and mailed it back to the director with a note inscribed: In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.”

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While this isn’t the weirdest thing King has ever done (check out the story about the van that hit him and what he wanted done to it.) it is a little out of the ordinary, but a nice gesture as well. The film was nominated for several Oscars but wasn’t able to bring any home. The 1995 Academy Awards was a tough year, and Shawshank went up against such films as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal.

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