"There's no letters or diaries. No one kept journals," Bondurant said, explaining the need to weave fact and fiction. "Times were tough. People didn't spend time recording their daily activities. They had other things going on."
Pivotal scenes in the movie are backed up by newspaper accounts, and his late grandfather did reveal an ancient bullet-wound scar, but there was not much else in the way of family lore.
"There was very little said about this kind of thing," Bondurant said. "There was a general notion that my grandfather had been involved in the moonshine trade. If you're involved in moonshine you don't really talk about it. The majority of it came from research."
Speaking of research, we asked the obvious question: Does Bondurant drink moonshine?
"I have sampled it for research," he said. "But the official line is, of course, nobody in my family that I know makes or sells any illegal distilled spirits."
Vince Vaughn's in Atlanta filming a movie called "The Internship" with Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell (in a cameo). Vaughn was at Tomo in Buckhead this week and posed for this nice photo with Q100's Bert Weiss and his wife, Stacey. Thanks to Bert for sending us this photo. He said Vaughn was "super friendly." "Internship" has been filming at Georgia Tech lately, where parts of the campus have been tricked out to look like a Google office.