* 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.
* 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.