Trivia / Sharpe

  • Casting Gag: Possibly unintentional, but Sean Bean was cast in the lead role in a Made-for-TV Movie called Bravo Two Zero, based on the questionably accurate memoirs of an SAS veteran whose mission behind enemy lines went horribly wrong. What regiment was said lead character part of before passing Selection? The Royal Green Jackets, a descendant of the 95th Regiment of Foot (Rifles).
  • The Other Darrin: Wellesley is played by David Troughton. His elevation to the peerage not only changes his name to Wellington, but his actor to Hugh Fraser (the one who played Captain Hastings from Poirot).
  • Referenced by...: See ReferencedBy.Sharpe.
  • What Could Have Been: Paul McGann was originally cast as Richard Sharpe, but he broke his leg while playing football only a few days into the shooting of Sharpe's Rifles. Sean Bean was recast in the role and... well, you know the rest.
  • Writer Revolt: An editor told Bernard Cornwell to change a scene where an Ensign died likely because ensigns are frequently young boys or men in their mid to late teens. He resented being told how to write, so he changed it to be more depressing. And in a number of the books since, Cornwell has killed off Ensigns in increasingly worse ways.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Cornwell does plan his novels in advance, but has admitted to changing them up midway through because he thinks it reads better. An example - Frederickson was supposed to marry Lucille in Sharpe's Revenge.

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