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During one of the fencing scenes between Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, a move was performed incorrectly and Pearce was actually stabbed through the skin on his side. They took him to a hospital, and after he was patched up, he was bragging about the wound proudly, while Caviezel apologized profusely the whole time.
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Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Mondego and Dantes started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a 'buddy' film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable.
The Count of Monte Cristo was one of Mark Twain's favorite books. When Twain toured Europe in 1867, he made a special stop to see the prison, Chateau D'if. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains a humorous spoof of Monte Cristo.
The name that Vampa gives Dantes, Zatarra, means driftwood in Burmese, the language of Myanmar.
Guy Pearce was originally offered the lead role of Edmond Dantes.
A party was held to celebrate Richard Harris's 70th birthday during filming.
Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the role of Edmond Dantes when the film was in early stages of development.
Dagmara Dominczyk (Mercedes) is only seven years older than Henry Cavill who plays her son (Albert).
The scene where Morrell goes to Villefort for Edmond's release has a tragic twist in the book. Edmond is accused of being a Bonapartist, and Morrell is himself a Bonapart supporter. The plea is made during the Hundred Days when Napoleon had returned to power. Thus, with Villefort's encouragement, Morrell is convinced that the best way to secure his release under Napoleon's regime is to claim in a letter that all the charges against Edmond were true, thus making him a loyal servant of the Emperor. Villefort; being a stout Royalist, and far from convinced that Napoleon's return would be permanent; never delivers the letter to Napoleon, instead simply adding them to Edmond's case file, thus essentially proving the state's case against him when King Louis XVIII is restored to power.
When Disney green-lit the film, they were hoping of making a family movie and having it released through their Disney banner.
In the book, the Spada treasure dates from the 15th century, and had been hidden from Pope Alexander VI.
The second film featuring Michael Wincott to be released by the Walt Disney Company and based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas père. He previously played Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (1993).
In the book, Danglars actually got out of the shipping business by speculating with his money, achieved great wealth, and married into nobility.
Even in Edmond's presence, the Abbe Faria mispronounces Villefort's name. He pronounces it "Vill-uh-fort," as one would expect if the name were English. Dantes pronounces it correctly, "Vee-yuh-fore."
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The white polka dot dress with ornate floral pattern on the bodice that Dagmara Dominczyk (Mercedès Iguanada) wears at the office of Monsieur Villefort is the same costume Julia Sawalha (Lydia Bennet) wears while observing Wickham horse riding in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Ruby Bentall (Mary Bennet) wears to the Meryton Assembly Ball in Lost in Austen (2008).
The beige dress with paisley bodice worn by an extra on the Marseilles wharf early in the film is the same costume Sabina Franklyn (Jane Bennet) wears at Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice (1980), Rachel Fielding (Mrs. Benson) wears in Princess Caraboo (1994), Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) wears to read Byron's poetry book in Byron (2003), and Freema Agyeman (Tattycoram) wears on the Marseilles wharf in Little Dorrit (2008). The same costume is also worn by a guest at Fanny's wedding in Miss Austen Regrets (2008).
The red paisley waistcoat Luis Guzmán (Jacopo) wears in the final scene is the same costume Chris Gorell Barnes wears in The Regency House Party (2004), Dan Stevens (Edward Ferrars) wears for Edward's arrival at Norland in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and JJ Feild (Fred Garland) wears in The Shadow in the North (2007).
Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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The green and brown silk gown Helen McCrory (Valentina Villefort) wears to Albert's party is the same gown Natasha Little (Augusta Leigh) wears when Byron escorts her to the ball in Byron (2003), and Victoria Hopkins wears on the lawn with Lisa Braund in The Regency House Party (2004).
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Jim Caviezel and Henry Cavill were both considered for the titular character in "Superman Returns" (2006). Cavill, who plays Albert, was later cast as Superman/Clark Kent in the DCEU movies "Man of Steel" (2013) and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016).
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Jim Caviezel and Dagmara Dominczyk also star together in an episode of Person of Interest (2011) titled "Many Happy Returns". Caviezel's character John Reese aids and protects Dominczyk's character Sarah Jennings, an abused woman on the run from her husband, U.S. Marshal Brad Jennings.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene involving Villefort trying to kill himself and Monte Cristo asking him: "Did you think I'd make it that easy for you?" was shot in two versions. Director Kevin Reynolds thought the other version, where the gun was actually loaded, worked better and put it into the original cut. However, some test audiences, without the knowledge of the existing footage, indicated it would be better if the gun was not loaded, so the scene in the final cut was inserted.
In the book Fernand is publicly humiliated by the exposure of his old crimes and he commits suicide. Villefort is driven insane and Dantes leaves him that way. Danglars loses his wealth, his wife, and his daughter thanks to Dantes.

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