Trivia: The Patriot

  • Enforced Method Acting: Mel Gibson didn't know Jason Isaacs was going to say "Why wait?" in the main page quote. Isaacs went to the filmmakers to say it was too early for the villain to be afraid of the hero. Details can be found here.
  • Fake American:
    • Australian Heath Ledger as Gabriel.
    • Joely Richardson, too. She's a Brit, but plays the sexy sister-in-law/aunt.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Tom Wilkinson hopped sides - here he's the British General Cornwallis, but later in 2008's John Adams, he plays the revolutionary Ben Franklin.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Adam Baldwin as a pro-British anti-American Independence man? Impossible!
    • Lantern-jawed French actor Tchéky Karyo is known in the U.S. mainly for playing icy villains, but here portrays the noble and heroic Major Jean Villeneuve.
  • Rule of Cool: The gallows used part-way through the film, despite being introduced at least thirty years after the film's setting, and the black powder smoke. The director admits the gallows were inaccurate and he thought it "looked cool". He also thought the black powder didn't produce enough smoke, so he had magnesium added to the gunpowder, causing very violent flashes and blue smoke; you can see many extras looking away while firing because of this.