Trivia / Braveheart

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Backed by the Pentagon: Most of the extras in the battle scenes were played by Irish army reservists.
  • California Doubling: Ironically, the movie was filmed in Ireland for tax reasons.
  • Dawson Casting: Although Mel Gibson was nearly 40, his character was supposed to be in his twenties. Gibson also admitted he had always felt he was at least a decade too old to play Wallace.
    • Although playing father and son, James Cosmo and Brendan Gleeson are only seven years apart in age.
  • Directed By Castmember
  • Doing It for the Art
  • Fake Nationality: American/Australian Mel Gibson as William Wallace. American-Irish Patrick McGoohan as Edward the Longshanks and in one of the funnier examples Irishman Brendan Gleeson plays Scotsman Hamish while Scotsman David O'Hara plays Irishman Stephen. However the trope is largely averted with most secondary characters who were actually played by Scots, Frenchwomen and Englishmen. Of course almost all of the extras were Irish.
  • Real-Life Relative: Mel Gibson's brother Donald plays the leader of one of the clans that joins up with William Wallace at the midpoint of the movie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original script had the Irish fighting the Scottish, which is actually historically accurate.
      • Throw It In: The Irish extras ultimately couldn't stand pretending to fight the Scots, so they rewrote it into a Crowning Moment of Funny, as the Scots and Irish happily greet each other.
    • The bridge for the Battle of Stirling was supposed to be featured, but it was scrapped because it was too difficult to work with. A Scottish extra quipped "Aye, that's what the English found."
    • Sean Connery turned down the role of Edward Longshanks due to scheduling conflicts with Just Cause.
    • Randall Wallace initially planned to start the story with William Wallace as an adult and added the prologue of his childhood only as an afterthought. As the sequence was first written, Murron gave William a rose (rather than a thistle) at his father's burial; however, someone who read the script helpfully pointed out that the rose, being a traditional symbol of England, would be (to say the least) somewhat inappropriate as a prominent feature in the story.
    • Brian Cox was first offered a larger role but took the role of Argyle Wallace because he felt it was a better role.
    • Mel Gibson offered Terry Gilliam the director's chair, but he declined. They were supposed to collaborate on an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.
    • Gibson said that Wallace's speech would've been better if Wallace just hit an Englishman in the head. "I would've done it that way if I could do it over."
  • Written-In Infirmity: Tommy Flanagan's scar is real. It's known as a Glaswegian Smile or Glaswegian Grin.
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