What's the Difference between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Book and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Movie?

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 1979
Author: Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Released: 2005
Director: Garth Jennings
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In the Book In the Movie
Arthur Dent
Arthur Dent
Portrayed by: Martin Freeman
Ford Prefect
Ford Prefect
Portrayed by: Mos Def
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Portrayed by: Sam Rockwell
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Tricia "Trillian" McMillan
Portrayed by: Zooey Deschanel
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Portrayed by: Warwick Davis/Alan Rickman (voice)
Portrayed by: Bill Nighy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Ford Prefect has red hair and is assumed to be white. He is a black man with black hair.
   Zaphod Beeblebrox sought only fame and riches, of which he believed he would find loads on Magrathea, due to their business of manufacturing custom planets that was so expensive and lucrative that it collapsed the galactic economy, leading Magrathea to close until someone could again afford their services. Zaphod was not interested in riches, but rather in the lasting fame of finding the Ultimate Question.
   Arthur Dent wanted only to return to his home on Earth, and to find a cup of good tea. Arthur has a change of heart and chooses to continue exploring the galaxy, leaving behind a chance to return to Earth.
   Trillian is described as having a vaguely Middle Eastern appearance. She is a white american.
   Ford convinces Prosser to lie in front of the bulldozer in place of Arthur while Ford and Arthur go to the pub. Ford gives the demolition workers beer to distract them from their work.
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