Trivia / A Knight's Tale

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Type Casting: Rufus Sewell as the evil Romantic False Lead.

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