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Actor Allusion: After impressing Angier and Cutter with his ability to mimic the magician, Root delivers the Shakespearian lines My liege, I did deny no prisoners. This is the beginning of Hugh Jackman's go-to soliloquy for when he has to audition for a part.
Dueling Movies: One of two period pieces that focus on magicians to come out in 2006 (along with , which is actually quite different).
The Illusionist Fake American: These too.
Aussie Hugh Jackman as the American Angier. He's actually a
Fake Brit, Lord Caldlow, pretending to be an American. Andy Serkis, a Londoner, plays Alley with an excellent New York accent.
Fake Brit: Lots.
Scarlett Johansson got some criticism for her accent as Olivia Wenscombe. Some theorize that the character is an American poorly faking a British accent, especially since the other actors clearly have had some vocal coaching.
Daniel Davis of , using the exact same accent as he did in said show.
The Nanny Piper Perabo as Angier's wife Julia.
Fake Nationality: David Bowie (British) as Nikola Tesla ( Croatian [ Austrian Empire]-born ethnic Serb and naturalized U.S. citizen).
Hey, It's That Guy!: Gil Chesterton helps Angier find a theater for his final show.
Irony as She Is Cast: Ricky Jay, the film's magic consultant, plays an unremarkable stage magician.