Trivia / A Knight's Tale

  • Accidentally Correct Writing: When William notices the Nike logo on the suit of armor that Kate gives him, Kate says it's in case some other knight should admire her handiwork. By the directors' own admission, as stated in their commentary on the DVD, they had no idea at the time that one of the founders of Nike was, in fact, a Knight.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Kate was not written to be Scottish, and Laura Fraser auditioned using an English accent. They instead had her use her natural Scottish accent, the first time she had been able to do so in a film.
  • California Doubling: Well, the Czech Republic, actually.
  • Deleted Role: Olivia Williams filmed some scenes as Geoffrey Chaucer's wife Phillipa, but they were all cut. They're included on the DVD.
  • Fake Brit: Australian Heath Ledger puts in a pretty convincing performance. Alan Tudyk hides his American accent pretty convincingly, to the degree that people for many years thought he was a Fake American. Hawaiian-born Shannyn Sossamon's accent is a little less convincing.
  • Playing Against Type: It's quite surprising that James Purefoy, usually a villain or Jerkass, is the benevolent Prince Edward. He'd later play the loyal Kantos Kan as a One-Scene Wonder in John Carter.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • You know Jocelyn's maid? Believe it or not, but that's actually Berenice Bejo, who would go on to receive major critical praise and recognition for her role in The Artist and be nominated for an Academy Award.
    • Heath Ledger, natch. While some fans remember him for his role as William, he would only get his big break on three subsequent movies (even getting an Academy Award in one of them)... all before biting it midway in production of the last.
    • Also, Mark Addy, more widely known as Bill Miller in Still Standing and as King Robert Baratheon of Game of Thrones.
    • He's not the only Game of Thrones face either. The priest who obliviously takes Jocelyn's deadpan lamentations of So Beautiful, It's a Curse at face value? Mace Tyrell.
    • Chaucer was Paul Bettany's Breakout Role: he didn't start getting juicier parts like JARVIS until after this film.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The "We Will Rock You" opening was filmed by the second unit as a joke, and was kept (along with all the other rock music) because the team wanted to show that back then people thought their music was just as good as we think ours is today.
    • When Will wins his first sword match, the crowd is silent until Roland spurs them on to cheer. As it happens, the extras who composed the audience were Czech and didn't realize they were supposed to cheer when Chaucer finished his speech.
    • According to DVD commentary: Jocelyn's "Oh that is lovely!" in response to a priest's gesture prompting her to kiss his ring was an ad-lib. "Your entrails will become your extrails" was an audition ad-lib that helped Alan Tudyk get the part and made it into the film.
    • The knight that gets knocked off his horse in the opening scene of the film? That's Heath Ledger's stunt double, and the entire scene is actually footage of an accident he had while filming. He was genuinely knocked unconscious.
    • Chaucer kissing Adhemar's herald twice was unscripted. Paul Bettany was told to "surprise him", though how wasn't specified.
  • Typecasting: Rufus Sewell as the evil Romantic False Lead.

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