* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The movie is this for many historical figures.
** Creator/WilliamShakespeare was an uncouth, foul, egotiscal buffoon and [[spoiler:murderer of Christopher Marlowe.]]
** Queen Elizabeth I was not the Virgin Queen but a sex-hungry despot who had so many bastard kids she lost track of them [[spoiler:and ended up banging one of them.]]
** Edward de Vere was the true author of Shakespeare's plays, a tortured artist who wrote in secret because of his puritanical family, and [[spoiler:the child and incestuous lover of Queen Elizabeth.]]
** At one point Edward De Vere plucks a red-and-white Tudor rose from a bush and admires its beauty. There is no such thing as a RealLife Tudor rose; it's a heraldic symbol of the unification of England under UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor after [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses the Wars of the Roses.]]
** Anything and everything involving the chronology of the events involved- see ArtisticLicenseHistory.
** In the film, Shakespeare's peers are baffled at the idea of a play written entirely in verse. In that time period, however, ''every'' play was written mostly or entirely in verse, and Shakespeare himself only ever wrote ''one''--''Theatre/RichardII''--that was ''entirely'' in verse.
* GeniusBonus: The film can be pretty hard to understand without some prior knowledge of Shakespeare and his time period, due to the AnachronicOrder of the plot. Granted, the more you know about Shakespeare and Elizabethean England, the more holes you'll see in the film, though that could be considered a genius bonus of a different type.