Trivia / The Man in the Iron Mask

  • All-Star Cast
  • Fake Nationality: The film features an eclectic array of fake Frenchmen. Most notable were Englishman Jeremy Irons as Aramis, Irishman Gabriel Byrne as D'Artagnan, American John Malkovich as Athos, American Peter Sarsgaard as his son, and American Leonardo DiCaprio as King Louis XIV, none of whom particularly bothered to disguise their country of origin. This was made particularly noticeable by having actual Frenchpeople, Gérard Depardieu and Anne Parillaud, round out the cast as Porthos and Anne of Austria — who, despite her designation, was from Spain. Judith Godreche (Christine) is the only other French actor.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio as the utterly despicable and possibly psychopathic Louis.
    • Jeremy Irons, who normally plays villains, plays a heroic character, and a Musketeer, no less.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Leo as Louis and Philippe.
  • What Could Have Been: It's a shame that an actual Three Musketeers film featuring a younger Byrne, Depardieu, Malkovich and Irons was never made. Such awesomeness would have reached critical mass, likely triggering the apocalypse.