Trivia / The Prestige

  • Acting for Two:
    • Christian Bale portrays both Alfred Borden and his twin, Fallon.
    • Jackman plays both Robert Angier and his double, Root.
  • 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.
  • All-Star Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlet Johanson, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie.
  • Dueling Movies: One of two period pieces that focus on magicians to come out in 2006 (along with The Illusionist, which is actually quite different).
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: Unlike some films which use this trope, the chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale is excellent.
  • 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 The Nanny, using the exact same accent as he did in said show. note 
    • 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).
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Ricky Jay, the film's magic consultant, plays an unremarkable stage magician.
    • Of all people, sex symbol David Bowie plays the celibate Tesla.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Hugh Jackman plays both Angier and Root, who is Angier's double. Christian Bale turns out to be doing this too.
  • Throw It In: Rebecca Hall ad-libbed the "I know what you are" line. She initially felt terrible about it, fearing she was giving away the ending. But the director liked it and left it in.
  • What Could Have Been: Sam Mendes expressed interest in directing. But the original author wanted Christopher Nolan, having loved Following and Memento.

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