Facts About The Notorious Outlaw Jesse James And The Film About His Life

Released in 2007, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a semi-biographical Western film that follows the relationship between the outlaw Jesse James (played by Brad Pitt) and Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), who would eventually take his life. James started off as a guerrilla fighter for the Confederates during the Civil War. After the war, alongside his brother, Frank, he took to a life of crime, establishing several gangs with the most famous being the James-Younger Gang.

Robbing countless banks and stagecoaches over the years, he achieved nationwide fame for his crimes despite the violence that was involved. He was eventually betrayed and assassinated by Robert Ford, a member of his outfit, although his legend did not die with him. Take a look into some interesting facts about the film and the real life of the outlaw Jesse James.

Sam Rockwell Wanted The Role Of Robert Ford

Sam Rockwell as Charley Ford
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Initially, actor Sam Rockwell auditioned for the role of Robert Ford. Instead, he was beaten out by Casey Affleck and moved on from the project. However, he was then offered the role of Charley Ford, Robert’s older brother, although turned it down numerous times.

Brad Pitt then visited Rockwell’s apartment in New York to try and convince him to take the role. After some badgering, Rockwell finally agreed, which was a relief to Pitt, who said he was too good to let go.