History Trivia / KingdomOfHeaven

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.
4th Jun '16 4:06:09 AM undertroper
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** Creator/RidleyScott used the cue "Valhalla/Viking Victory" from ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' for this film. Slightly controversial, given the director's turbulent relationship with ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'''s composer, Music/JerryGoldsmith when they worked together on ''Film/{{Alien}}'' & ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' that saw Scott cutting off a large part of Goldsmith's music on the former and re-using parts of Goldsmith's earlier score from ''Freud''; while simultaneously throwing out Goldsmith's entire score in favor of Tangerine Dream's music for the latter. Bitter and upset by the rejection, Goldsmith never spoke to Scott again as a a result even unto his passing.
26th May '16 10:06:22 AM omnicritic
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** The film was pretty much it with ExecutiveMeddling from the start, with the execs being very uncomfortable with the length of the script and the subplot of [[Creator/EvaGreen Eva Green’s]] Princess Sybilla’s son, who briefly ruled Jerusalem after King Baldwin (Creator/EdwardNorton) dies. In Scott’s words on the 4 disc DVD set, he mentioned that studio heads said that the plot “went off on a tangent”. The studio demanded Monahan to write two different versions of the script: One with and without the kid. Scott and co. shot the former.

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** The film was pretty much it hit with ExecutiveMeddling from the start, with the execs being very uncomfortable with the length of the script and the subplot of [[Creator/EvaGreen Eva Green’s]] Princess Sybilla’s son, who briefly ruled Jerusalem after King Baldwin (Creator/EdwardNorton) dies. In Scott’s words on the 4 disc DVD set, he mentioned that studio heads said that the plot “went off on a tangent”. The studio demanded Monahan to write two different versions of the script: One with and without the kid. Scott and co. shot the former.



** JeremyIrons character’s name from Raymond to Tiberius to avoid confusion with Brendan Gleeson’s Reynauld, [[TropesAreNotBad which may not have been a bad thing]].

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** JeremyIrons character’s name went from Raymond to Tiberius to avoid confusion with Brendan Gleeson’s Reynauld, [[TropesAreNotBad which may not have been a bad thing]].
15th Apr '16 1:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The gravedigger at the start of the film is played by Martin Hancock, better known as Geoffrey "Spider" Nugent from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' from 1997-2003.
** The man who leads the company to capture Balian after he leaves the village (his cousin, in the Director's Cut) is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, none other than [[GameOfThrones Jaime Lannister]].
*** King Richard is Ser Jorah.
*** Also in the Director's Cut, the Lord of the village is Robert Pugh, aka Craster.
3rd Jul '15 1:03:00 AM erforce
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* 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}}'' 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: 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}}'' ''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.



** When filming wrapped up, Fox was bothered by the length of the cut that Scott had presented them (around 186 minutes) and forced him to cut the film down to a measly 145 running time, exercising the plot about Sybilla’s kid, among many other scenes. Their reasoning was that audiences couldn't handle a three hour film, disregarding successful long movies such as the studio’s own ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. They also [[MisaimedMarketing mismarketed the film]], making it seem more like ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' [[RecycledInSpace set in the Crusades]], rather than the Drama that was made. This backfired, resulting in poor box office returns and mediocre reviews (though it did fare better in international markets).

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** When filming wrapped up, Fox was bothered by the length of the cut that Scott had presented them (around 186 minutes) and forced him to cut the film down to a measly 145 running time, exercising the plot about Sybilla’s kid, among many other scenes. Their reasoning was that audiences couldn't handle a three hour film, disregarding successful long movies such as the studio’s own ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. They also [[MisaimedMarketing mismarketed the film]], making it seem more like ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' [[RecycledInSpace set in the Crusades]], rather than the Drama that was made. This backfired, resulting in poor box office returns and mediocre reviews (though it did fare better in international markets).
24th Nov '14 8:59:45 PM The_J_Hat
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*** King Richard is Ser Jorah.
2nd Sep '14 2:07:21 PM TheBateman
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** The man who leads the company to capture Balian after he leaves the village (his cousin, in the Director's Cut) is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, none other than [[GameOfThrones Jaime Lannister]].
*** Also in the Director's Cut, the Lord of the village is Robert Pugh, aka Craster.
10th Aug '14 3:43:37 PM Infection
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** At the start of the project, ''[=KOH=]'' originally began as a Creator/RussellCrowe vehicle called ''Tripoli'', Screenwriter William Monahan (''Film/TheDeparted'') had a script written, Scott signed on to direct, 20th Century Fox greenlit it, sets and art assets were being made and then things went nowhere. After two tries of getting it off the ground, Monahan began writing ''Heaven'' after ''Tripoli'' fell apart and Scott always wanted to do a movie about the Crusades.

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** At the start of the project, ''[=KOH=]'' originally began as a Creator/RussellCrowe vehicle called ''Tripoli'', ''Tripoli''. Screenwriter William Monahan (''Film/TheDeparted'') had a script written, Scott signed on to direct, 20th Century Fox greenlit it, sets and art assets were being made and then things went nowhere. After two tries of getting it off the ground, Monahan began writing ''Heaven'' after ''Tripoli'' fell apart and Scott always wanted to do a movie about the Crusades.
10th Aug '14 3:42:33 PM Infection
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* Troubled Production: It got its fair share of issues behind the scenes.
** At the start of the project, it originally began as a Creator/RussellCrowe vehicle called ''Tripoli'', Screenwriter William Monahan (''Film/TheDeparted'') had a script written, Scott signed on to direct, 20th Century Fox greenlit it, sets and art assets were being made and then things went nowhere. After two tries of getting it off the ground, Monahan began writing ''Heaven'' after ''Tripoli'' fell apart and Scott always wanted to do a movie about the Crusades.

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* Troubled Production: It got its fair share of issues behind the scenes.
TroubledProduction:
** At the start of the project, it ''[=KOH=]'' originally began as a Creator/RussellCrowe vehicle called ''Tripoli'', Screenwriter William Monahan (''Film/TheDeparted'') had a script written, Scott signed on to direct, 20th Century Fox greenlit it, sets and art assets were being made and then things went nowhere. After two tries of getting it off the ground, Monahan began writing ''Heaven'' after ''Tripoli'' fell apart and Scott always wanted to do a movie about the Crusades.
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