Trivia / Elizabeth

  • Actor Allusion:
    • John Gielgud had played the Pope in two other films - The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Scarlet and the Black.
    • Eddie Redmayne has a small role in the sequel as a traitor to Elizabeth. He had played a traitor in another film Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren as the Queen.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Dawson Casting: Elizabeth is twenty-one in the opening, and played by the thirty-year-old Cate Blanchett. Of course the film covers several years and Elizabeth is much older by the end.
  • Fake Brit: Australians Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Abby Cornish as Elizabeth, Walsingham and Bess Throckmorton respectively. Kelly MacDonald hides her Scottish accent under an English one for her small role as Isabel.
  • Fake Scot: The second film has English actress Samantha Morton as Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Daniel Craig has a small role as an assassin monk before his breakthrough role as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006). Likewise Abbie Cornish as Bess in the sequel, before later roles such as Limitless and Sucker Punch. None other than singer Lily Allen is one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, as her father was one of the producers. Eddie Redmayne also has a small role in the sequel, as a would-be assassin to the Queen.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Elizabeth's dress during her coronation is based on her portrait. Wearing her hair completely loose is her way of showing the crowd that she is a virgin.note 
    • Elizabeth wears a pure white gown when she is interrogated in the Tower of London, which is true to historical record.
    • In the sequel, Mary Queen of Scots says "I forgive you with all my heart" to the executioner. Those are rumoured to have been her last words, spoken to the executioner when he asked for forgiveness.
  • Star-Making Role: For Cate Blanchett, who had only done Australian theatre beforehand. This turned her into a star almost overnight.
  • Throw It In: In the sequel when Elizabeth arrives at St Paul's, construction is going on. This is because the cathedral needed repairs in real life, so the director gave the workers period costumes and tools and let them work in the background.

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