History Trivia / KingdomOfHeaven

16th Jul '17 4:23:35 AM Piterpicher
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** JeremyIrons characterís name went from Raymond to Tiberius to avoid confusion with Brendan Gleesonís Reynauld, [[TropesAreNotBad which may not have been a bad thing]].

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** JeremyIrons Creator/JeremyIrons characterís name went from Raymond to Tiberius to avoid confusion with Brendan Gleesonís Reynauld, [[TropesAreNotBad which may not have been a bad thing]].
24th Jun '17 1:48:25 AM SventheCrusader
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* PlayingAgainstType: Eva Green at the time had played mostly FemmeFatale characters in French films - something which she was reportedly not happy about. Thus DefrostingIceQueen became one of her character types.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Eva Green at the time had played mostly FemmeFatale characters in French films - something which she was reportedly not happy about. Thus DefrostingIceQueen became one of her character types. Likewise, Creator/BrendanGleeson has made a career mostly playing grizzled, no-nonsense, and nonetheless noble law enforcement types. Here, he plays a corrupt, truly monstrous crusader.
25th May '17 4:15:40 PM Darthman616
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* FollowTheLeader: Was a part of a wave of films following-up on the success of Ridley Scott's prior historical battle epic ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', with this film's marketing getting a lot of mileage out of asserting the connection. Then again you can trace back this trend's lineage back to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' and even further if one wishes to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' which led to contemporary interest in Medieval adventure/epic films.

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* FollowTheLeader: Was a part of a wave of films following-up on inspired by the success of Ridley Scott's prior historical battle epic ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', with this film's marketing getting a lot of mileage out of asserting the connection. Then again you can trace back this trend's lineage back to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' and even further if one wishes to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' which led to contemporary interest in Medieval adventure/epic films.
24th May '17 5:25:06 PM Darthman616
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* FollowTheLeader: Was a part of a wave of films following-up on the success of Ridley Scott's prior historical battle epic ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', with this film's marketing getting a lot of mileage out of asserting the connection. Then again you can trace back this trend's lineage back to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' and even further if one wishes to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' which led to contemporary interest in Medieval adventure/epic films.
24th May '17 5:16:21 PM Darthman616
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* DuelingMovies: Came out within a year of three other historical battle epics that were following-up on the success of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. Its competitors being ''Film/{{Troy}}'', ''Film/KingArthur'', and ''Film/{{Alexander}}''.
14th Feb '17 3:14:46 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Huesca, Spain stands for France, Seville stands for Jerusalem, and Morocco stands for any exterior shot in the Holy Land.
26th Dec '16 5:10:16 AM NightShade96
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* PlayingWithCharacterType: Creator/OrlandoBloom as an action hero [[{{Film/Troy}} was]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings nothing]] [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl new]. Here however his character is not happy-go-lucky and is deeply damaged.
* StarMakingRole: The film that brought Eva Green to the attention of Hollywood.

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* PlayingWithCharacterType: Creator/OrlandoBloom as an action hero [[{{Film/Troy}} was]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings nothing]] [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl new]. Here however new]]. Here, however, his character is not happy-go-lucky and is deeply damaged.
* StarMakingRole: The This is the film that brought Eva Green to the attention of Hollywood.
9th Oct '16 7:50:25 AM erforce
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** Liam Neeson plays a knight. [[{{Film/Excalibur}} Where have we]] [[{{Film/ThePhantomMenace}} seen that before?]]
** [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Not the first time]] that Orlando Bloom was working as a blacksmith.

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** Liam Neeson Creator/LiamNeeson plays a knight. [[{{Film/Excalibur}} Where have we]] [[{{Film/ThePhantomMenace}} seen that before?]]
** [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Not the first time]] that Orlando Bloom Creator/OrlandoBloom was working as a blacksmith.



* PlayingWithCharacterType: Orlando Bloom as an action hero [[{{Film/Troy}} was]] [[Film/LordOfTheRings nothing]] [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean new]]. Here however his character is not happy-go-lucky and is deeply damaged.

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* PlayingWithCharacterType: Orlando Bloom Creator/OrlandoBloom as an action hero [[{{Film/Troy}} was]] [[Film/LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings nothing]] [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean new]].[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl new]. Here however his character is not happy-go-lucky and is deeply damaged.
9th Aug '16 4:12:42 PM fearlessnikki
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Orlando Bloom had just finished ''{{Film/Troy}}'' and was reluctant to do another historical epic, but signed on once he heard it was a Ridley Scott film.
* BackedByThePentagon: King Mohammed VI of Morocco, where the movie was filmed, is a good friend of Ridley Scott and personally provided the movie with around 1500 military personnel and equipment.
* CastingGag: At one point, Sibylla describes one of her rings as being from France and says she's never been there. She's played by a French actress.
* CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer: An article incorrectly described the film as pandering to Osama Bin Laden, and it was later found out that the journalist hadn't even seen the screenplay. After the screenplay was leaked, another article claimed that the film depicted Muslims as stereotypically stupid, backwards-thinking and unable to think in complex forms. These allegations made King Mohammed VI of Morocco worry for Ridley Scott's safety and he provided him with four bodyguards. Ironically when the movie was released, Scott received many letters of thanks from Muslim groups for the even-handed depiction of the religion.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The reason the theatrical cut was so much shorter than the Director's Cut. Fox wanted a ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' style action movie with a romance subplot, rather than the political drama Scott and co created. On top of that, they thought audiences wouldn't be able to handle a 3 hour film, disregarding high grossing films like ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. The theater-released version was panned, yet the Director's Cut was critically acclaimed as one of the best movies of the year.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: DyeingForYourArt: Orlando Bloom gained twenty pounds of muscle for his role as Balian.
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The reason the theatrical cut was so much shorter than the Director's Cut. Fox wanted a ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' style action movie with a romance subplot, rather than the political drama Scott and co created. On top of that, they thought audiences wouldn't be able to handle a 3 hour film, disregarding high grossing films like ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. The theater-released version was panned, yet the Director's Cut was critically acclaimed as one of the best movies of the year.



* FakeBrit: The American Edward Norton gives Baldwin a British accent. The Irish Brendan Gleeson does likewise with Reynald.



* ThrowItIn: During filming of the siege scene, one of the towers caught fire for real and burned down. Ridley Scott liked the authentic look of it and left it in the film.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RussellCrowe was supposed to cameo as Richard I.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Creator/RussellCrowe was supposed to cameo as Richard I.I but couldn't make it due to a scheduling conflict. Iain Glen plays him instead.
** Edward Norton was actually the first choice for Guy. Upon reading the script, he asked to play King Baldwin instead.
** The first draft of the script opened directly after the shipwreck. The screenwriter William Monahan had wanted to open with the death of Balian's wife, but feared it would make the movie too long. When Ridley Scott came on board, he told Monahan not to worry about length and thus the film opens with the death.
** Many ideas in the finished film were incorporated from another project Ridley Scott had first put into pre-production called 'Tripoli'. The project was falling apart around the time the Kingdom of Heaven script came along, so Scott opted to work on the latter instead.
** Alternate endings were filmed, two of which featured Balian arriving back in France alone. As noted above, Sibylla's planned fate was to become a nun to atone for her sins of adultery and murder. But the studio insisted she end up with Balian.
6th Jul '16 3:07:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RussellCrowe was supposed to cameo as Richard I.
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