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Trivia / Tristan and Isolde

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2006 movie

  • All-Star Cast: To just mention it briefly, there is James Franco, Doctor Who's Sophia Myles and Dark City's Rufus Sewell as the main cast of intertwined lovers, plus Mark Strong and a pre-Man of Steel Henry Cavill.
  • California Doubling: Some parts of the film was shot in Prague, though others were shot in Ireland.
  • Development Hell: The film had been in pre-production since the 1970s.
  • Fake Brit: James Franco (American) does a quite decent English accent as Tristan.
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  • Fake Irish: British actress Sophia Myles as the Irish princess Isolde.
  • Follow the Leader: The film was following the likes of Troy and King Arthur, gritty action films applying Demythification to mythology.
  • Old Shame: James Franco called this his most regrettable role. Averted with Sophia Myles who has said she is "very proud of the movie".
  • Prop Recycling: Isolde's wedding gown was re-used from the Arabian Nights miniseries, which coincidentally starred Rufus Sewell.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Sophia Myles had her first romantic lead with this, but the underperformance and mixed reviews hurt her career until Doctor Who provided a Career Resurrection for her.
  • Troubled Production: James Franco recalls doing nine months of training for sword fighting, horse riding and martial arts - only to discover that the script had been changed last minute, and that the epic Braveheart style battles he had been training for were changed to stealthy murders. He also suffered a knee injury on set and was constantly clashing with the director. Overall the film took about eight months to shoot.
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  • Typecasting: Yet another film where Rufus Sewell has played the higher born Romantic False Lead for the heroine.
  • What Could Have Been: Ridley Scott was planning to direct the film back in the 70s. But he opted to make Alien instead.

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