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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Tom Wilkinson hopped sides - here he's the British Admiral 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.
  • Fake American:
    • Australian Heath Ledger as Gabriel.
    • Joely Richardson, too. She's a Brit, but plays the sexy sister-in-law/aunt.