Trivia: Band of Brothers

Trivia page for the TV series Band of Brothers

In what seems to be a combination of Due to the Dead, The Dead Have Names, Never Speak Ill of the Dead, Shrine to the Fallen, and other remembrance tropes, cable networks show the series without any edits to or censorship of the graphic nature of war or the horrors of the concentration camps.

  • Ability Over Appearance: Damian Lewis said as much in an interview. He talked about going to the audition and how the actor in front of him looked so much like the real Dick Winters. He said he felt for sure that guy was going to get the part. For the record, the real Winters was blond and Lewis is redhead - and he received near universal critical acclaim.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Colonel Robert F. Sink's actor, Captain Dale Dye, is a retired US Marine who fought in the Vietnam war.
    • Ron Livingston is a Yale graduate just like his character, Captain Nixon.
  • Cast the Expert: Dale Dye is an actual retired military man who specializes in training actors for war movies.
  • The Danza: Private James Miller is played by James McAvoy.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Several early-20s characters are played by actors in their early-to-mid 30s (e.g., Bull Randleman, Blithe, Buck Compton, John Martin, Guarnere). Col. Sink, in his late 30s, is played by Dale Dye in his late 50s. Most of the actors are older than their historical counterparts, many of whom turned 20 in 1942.
    • Inverted for Liebgott. Historically, he is supposed to be older than most of the others in Easy Company (he was 32 by the time he was discharged at the end of the war), but he's played by a younger actor.
    • The Dawson Casting even induces a bit of a Tear Jerker because some of the actors were older than the characters they played were when they died. It's also worth pointing out that war does age a person rather strongly.
  • Fake American: A large number of the cast were actually played by British actors.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Interestingly, most examples of this trope were in this show before they became famous for other roles, which makes this more Retroactive Recognition. From the top:
  • Irony as She Is Cast / Casting Gag: Michael Fassbender has a small role as a soldier who it's implied can't speak Germannote  when in real life he's half-German and fluent in the language.
  • Playing with Character Type: Captain Sobel is essentially Ross Geller's negative personality traits (pettiness, refusal to take responsibility for his actions, being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All) taken Up to Eleven with none of his positive traits.