Trivia / The Prestige

  • Acting for Two:
    • Christian Bale portrays both Alfred Borden and his twin, as well as Fallon, which is one of the twins in disguise.
    • Jackman plays both Robert Angier and his double, Root. As well as all his clones.
  • 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, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie.
  • California Doubling:
    • For England in most of the scenes set there.
    • A variant in the Angier storyline, as the scenes of Angier's trip to Colorado were actually filmed in Colorado, however, the town of Telluride in southwest Colorado is standing in for Colorado Springs. To be fair, Telluride has more buildings left over from the 1890s time period, compared to Colorado Springs, and it would take less work to disguise the environments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • NB this accent was so good this troper from London initially thought Julia was played by British actress Emilia Clarke
        • Which would have been an impressive trick given that filming finished four years before Clarke graduated from Drama Centre London.
  • 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.
  • Star-Making Role: This film is Rebecca Hall's breakout role.
  • 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.
    • Years later, Mendes would date Rebecca Hall, who played Sarah in the film.


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