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** Helen was actually meant to be TheGhost early in production. WordOfGod is that - due to her status as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman - it would be impossible for anyone to live up to audience's expectations. Producers insisted Helen had to appear in the film, and Creator/KatieHolmes was the leading contender. Creator/HalleBerry, Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/KristinKreuk, Music/JenniferLopez, Creator/SophieMarceau, Creator/ConnieNielsen and Creator/CatherineZetaJones were also considered

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** Helen was actually meant to be TheGhost early in production. WordOfGod is that - due to her status as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman - it would be impossible for anyone to live up to audience's expectations. Producers insisted Helen had to appear in the film, and Creator/KatieHolmes was the leading contender. Creator/HalleBerry, Creator/KeiraKnightley, Creator/KristinKreuk, Music/JenniferLopez, Creator/SophieMarceau, Creator/ConnieNielsen Creator/ConnieNielsen, Creator/NataliePortman and Creator/CatherineZetaJones were also considered


* {{Irony}}: Creator/BradPitt tore his Achilles' tendon on the set, while playing, you know, the mythological character said body part was named after.



* TroubledProduction: Tamer than most examples but still troubled. Filming happened in Morocco at first but had to be moved due to the impending Iraq war. Filming then happened in Mexico, where two hurricanes tore through the sets. Many stagehands also fainted in the intense heat. Peter O'Toole later derisively referred to director Wolfgang Petersen as "that kraut" and said he had no idea what he was doing, while Brad Pitt grew very frustrated at constantly being placed in front-and-center glamour shots, and in 2019 revealed that this combined with the film's tepid reception caused him to totally change career tracks from the blockbusters he'd previously been known for.

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* TroubledProduction: Tamer than most examples but still troubled. Filming happened in Morocco at first but had to be moved due to the impending Iraq war. Filming then happened in Mexico, where two hurricanes tore through the sets. Many stagehands also fainted in the intense heat. Peter O'Toole later derisively referred to director Wolfgang Petersen as "that kraut" and said he had no idea what he was doing, while Brad Pitt Creator/BradPitt grew very frustrated at constantly being placed in front-and-center glamour shots, and in 2019 revealed that this combined with the film's tepid reception caused him to totally change career tracks from the blockbusters he'd previously been known for.


* AllStarCast: Creator/BradPitt, Creator/EricBana, Creator/OrlandoBloom, Creator/DianeKruger, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/RoseByrne and Creator/SeanBean.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/BradPitt, Creator/EricBana, Creator/OrlandoBloom, Creator/DianeKruger, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/RoseByrne Creator/RoseByrne, Creator/BrendanGleeson and Creator/SeanBean.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/BradPitt, Creator/EricBana, Creator/OrlandoBloom, Creator/DianeKruger, Creator/BrianCox, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/RoseByrne and Creator/SeanBean.


* DuelingWorks: With ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', another historical Ancient Greek costume war epic with a big-name cast. While it had mixed reception, ''Troy'' was much more successful grossing over $497 million at the box office unlike ''Alexander'' which bombed with critics and audiences.

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* DuelingWorks: With ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', another historical Ancient Greek costume war epic with a big-name cast. While it had a mixed reception, ''Troy'' was much more successful grossing over $497 million at the box office unlike ''Alexander'' which bombed with critics and audiences.


* DuelingWorks: With ''Film/Alexander'', another historical Ancient Greek costume war epic with a big-name cast. While it had mixed reception, ''Troy'' was much more successful grossing over $497 million at the box office unlike ''Alexander'' which bombed with critics and audiences.

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* DuelingWorks: With ''Film/Alexander'', ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', another historical Ancient Greek costume war epic with a big-name cast. While it had mixed reception, ''Troy'' was much more successful grossing over $497 million at the box office unlike ''Alexander'' which bombed with critics and audiences.


* DuelingWorks: With ''Film/Alexander'', another historical Ancient Greek costume war epic with a big-name cast. While it had mixed reception, ''Troy'' was much more successful grossing over $497 million at the box office unlike ''Alexander'' which bombed with critics and audiences.



* FollowTheLeader: Followed in the wake of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' reviving the SwordAndSandal epic, and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy reinforcing the general trend for epics. The film features ''Lord of the Rings'' alumni Creator/OrlandoBloom and Creator/SeanBean. It was also released in quick succession with other similar films like ''Film/KingArthur'', ''{{Film/Alexander}}'' and ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' (which also starred Orlando Bloom).

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* FollowTheLeader: Followed in the wake of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' reviving the SwordAndSandal epic, and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy reinforcing the general trend for epics. The film features ''Lord of the Rings'' alumni Creator/OrlandoBloom and Creator/SeanBean. It was also released in quick succession with other similar films like ''Film/KingArthur'', ''{{Film/Alexander}}'' the aforementioned ''Alexander'' and ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' (which also starred Orlando Bloom).

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* ContractualObligationProject: Brad Pitt only did the film after he'd dropped out of another, and had to fill a contractual obligation to the studio.

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* {{Irony}}: Creator/BradPitt tore his Achilles' tendon on the set, while playing, you know, the mythological character said body part was named after.


** Creator/BradPitt temporarily quit smoking and trained for six months to get his body in that condition. Creator/GarretHedlund likewise gained 30 lbs. The rest of the male actors all had to shave and wax their chests completely.

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** Creator/BradPitt temporarily quit smoking and trained for six months to get his body in that condition. Creator/GarretHedlund Creator/GarrettHedlund likewise gained 30 lbs. The rest of the male actors all had to shave and wax their chests completely.


** Creator/BradPitt temporarily quit smoking and trained for six months to get his body in that condition. Garret Hedlund likewise gained 30 lbs. The rest of the male actors all had to shave and wax their chests completely.

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** Creator/BradPitt temporarily quit smoking and trained for six months to get his body in that condition. Garret Hedlund Creator/GarretHedlund likewise gained 30 lbs. The rest of the male actors all had to shave and wax their chests completely.


** Composer Gabriel Yared originally worked on the score for over a year, and Tanja Carovska provided vocals on various portions of the music (as she later would on Music/JamesHorner's score). However, reactions to the unfinished score at test screenings were negative, stating that it sounded too "old-fashioned", and in less than a day Yared was off the project without a chance to fix or change his music. James Horner composed a replacement score in about four weeks.

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** Composer Gabriel Yared originally worked on the score for over a year, and Tanja Carovska provided vocals on various portions of the music (as she later would on Music/JamesHorner's score). However, reactions to the unfinished score at test screenings were negative, stating that it sounded too "old-fashioned", and in less than a day Yared was off the project without a chance to fix or change his music. James Horner composed a replacement score in about four weeks. However, Yared's music was later restored for the Director's Cut.


** Creator/AishwaryaRai was offered the role of Briseis, but she declined the part due to her discomfort about the lovemaking scenes included.

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** Creator/AishwaryaRai was offered the role of Briseis, but she declined the part due to her discomfort about because she felt uncomfortable with doing the lovemaking scenes included.


** Creator/AishwaryaRai was offered the role of Briseis, but she declined the part due to her discomfort for the love scenes involved.

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** Creator/AishwaryaRai was offered the role of Briseis, but she declined the part due to her discomfort for about the love lovemaking scenes involved.included.

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** Creator/AishwaryaRai was offered the role of Briseis, but she declined the part due to her discomfort for the love scenes involved.

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