Trivia / Hidalgo

  • All-Star Cast: Viggo Mortensen and Omar Sharif in primary roles to name a couple, with Peter Mensah, Malcolm McDowell, and J. K. Simmons in supporting roles.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $100 million. Box office, $67,303,450 (domestic), $108,103,450 (worldwide).
  • Creator Killer: This movie was one of several 2004 bombs that mixed together with Roy E. Disney's second Save Disney campaign and general turmoil at the Walt Disney Company to bring CEO Michael Eisner's 21-year long reign to an end. Eisner was forced out the year after this film's release to allow president Bob Iger to keep Pixar in their family
  • Fake Mixed Race: The leading character is played by Viggo Mortensen.
    • The real Frank Hopkins had his claim of Native American ancestry disputed as well, so YMMV on this one.
    • There appears to be some oral tradition behind the legend. John Fusco did a lot of research trying to verify Hopkins' part-Sioux ancestry and elder Sonny Richards states unequivocally that it's real. The Assiniboine actor who played Black Coyote, David Midthunder, says there are relatives of Hopkins in Montana and South Dakota. Other people have done a lot of research trying to disprove these claims. Maybe we can just say he's adopted until we know for sure.
    • DNA testing later showed the claim to be false.