To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, who was played by Catherine Keener in ‘Capote,’ apparently didn’t like the movie very much. From the letters column of the current New Yorker:
Of the screenwriter’s many inventions for the film “Capote,” his concept of William Shawn’s activities during the creation of “In Cold Blood” is weirdly off… While his imagination produced a personality unrecognizable to me, I can contribute two small facts about Mr. Shawn’s professional involvement: the film has me talk to Mr. Shawn on the telephone– I didn’t. And, at any time Truman Capote was in Kansas, Mr. Shawn wasn’t.
Of course, to anyone who’s seen more than a couple Hollywood based-on-fact movies, those don’t seem like particularly huge liberties to take in the name of dramatic expediency. On the other hand, there’s a meta-question here in that Philip Semyour Hoffman’s performance was widely praised for its seeming authenticity, and yet, Harper Lee finds his Capote to be ‘unrecognizable.’ Anyway, feh. I still liked the movie.