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Brad Pitt and Eric Bana did not use stunt doubles for their epic duel. They made a gentlemen's agreement to pay for every accidental hit; $50 for each light blow and $100 for each hard blow. Pitt ended up paying Bana $750, and Bana didn't owe Pitt anything.
Brad Pitt trained for six months to get a body that looked like that of Greek statues.
Coincidentally Brad Pitt tore his left Achilles tendon during production.
During filming in Mexico, two biologists were employed to protect turtle eggs on the beach.
Garrett Hedlund won the role of Patroclus one month after arriving in Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
As Achilles strolls along the beach, among the unpacking Greeks, he teases Odysseus about being the last one to show up. This is an in-joke for those familiar with the Odyssey. Odysseus was the last Greek to return home from Troy because he clashed with various gods.
Wolfgang Petersen originally didn't want Helen to appear in the movie; he felt an actress couldn't live up to the audience's expectations. The producers insisted, so Petersen cast an unknown actress.
Brad Pitt claimed the filming was torturous for him because he had to quit smoking.
Historians are sharply divided about whether or not the Trojan War actually occurred, and if it did, which archaeological site is actually Troy. Discoveries at the beginning of the 21st century provide new evidence of several armed battles in the right area at the right time, but definitive proof is hard to find, largely due to the historical practice of building one city on the ruins of another. Homer's Illiad (and similar epics depicting the Trojan War) were written hundreds of years after the Trojan War supposedly occurred, and are of little use in determining factual historical events because they include many mythological elements. One theory is that the Troy of Homer's lifetime was destroyed by an earthquake, and that the Illiad is a symbolic reinterpretation of that, since a horse is the symbol of the Greek god of earthquakes. The producers decided to eliminate all mythological elements from the story, giving the film an air of historical authenticity not present in the original works.
After the film was announced, the Turkish government and Ministry of Culture and Tourism contacted the producers and suggested the film be shot in Canakkale, Turkey, site of the real Troy. The Turkish government offered sponsorship if the film premiered in Canakkale. It premiered in Berlin, where most historical Trojan artifacts were displayed after being taken from Anatolia.
The Trojan horse prop made for the movie was given to the Turkish government as a gift. It is now exhibited on the boardwalk of Canakkale, a main seaside city where most visitors to the Troy ruins stay. Canakkale is about an hour's ride to the Troy site. (There is another cruder "Trojan horse" also at the Troy site...but it is not the movie prop.)
All the male cast had to shave or wax their chest. Eric Bana usually has a hairy chest but he had to wax it completely.
Orlando Bloom disliked his character, thinking him a coward and an idiot.
One hurricane tore through the set at night, and wiped out Brad Pitt's house. Pitt woke up at around 4 AM, but he was so tired from the night before that he slept through the hurricane.
Garrett Hedlund gained 30 lbs for his role as Patroclus. He gained an additional 20 lbs for his role in Friday Night Lights (2004) which got him up to 200 pounds; he normally weighs 145.
The impending war in Iraq forced production to move from Morocco to Baja California Sur, Mexico, in February 2003.
Keira Knightley auditioned for the role of Briseis.
EASTER EGG:. On the main menu on the special features disc, keep hitting right on the control until a section of the Trojan Horse on screen lights up green and hit enter to show a series of creative animations related to the movie.
Diane Kruger, a native German speaker, dubbed her own character in the German dubbed version.
Achilles and Patroclus train inside an ancient Maltan "menhir", which could have been built as early as 2000 BC.
Diane Kruger gained 15 lbs for the role of Helen.
Director Wolfgang Petersen left the proposed Batman Vs. Superman project to direct. Brad Pitt left The Fountain (2006), and was replaced by Hugh Jackman.
When the movie was released in Italy, the title was not translated because its Italian/Latin equivalent,"Troia", is Italian slang for "prostitute."
Although Achilles' death is not mentioned in the Iliad, according to The Odyssey he died well before Troy fell; and it was his death that inspired Odysseus (Ulysses to some) to build the Trojan horse.
Many stagehands fainted from the 100 degree weather (38 degrees Celsius) on location.
George Camilleri, a bodybuilder who won the title of Mr. Malta in 1989, broke his leg while filming an action sequence at Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta on 30 May 2003. He had surgery the following day, suffered complications, and died on 17 June 2003.
The Mexican set was hit by two hurricanes in less than a month. The last hurricane hit during the last week of production, when everything was pretty much wrapped.
The character Boagrius does not exist in Greek mythology. Boagrius was a river.
Wolfgang Petersen cast two relative unknowns for two of the central female roles in this film. Troy would end up launching the American careers of both Diane Kruger and Rose Byrne. Within a year, they would also star together in Wicker Park (2004), and Kruger would star in National Treasure (2004).
James Horner composed the score for the movie in less than 6 weeks. Gabriel Yared spent over a year on his version. In the 2007 Director's Cut Edition, Wolfgang Petersen used parts of Yared's score and music from other films, especially from Planet of the Apes (2001), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and Starship Troopers (1997) in the fight scene between Achilles and Hector.
Sean Bean was in awe of Peter O'Toole. "The first time I met him on the set, he was in a robe with a cigarette holder and he said: 'Sean, how are you, dear boy?' He was just how I imagined him to be."
According to the special features DVD, 300 buff Bulgarian male extras were transported to the Mexican shooting location and trained for battle scenes so the Greeks and Trojans would look sufficiently European. They supplemented Euro-looking Mexicans and were used in battle close-ups. "Soldier extras" got instructions in Spanish, Bulgarian, and English.
Terry Gilliam was offered the chance to direct the movie. He read 5 pages of the script and declined.
Christopher Nolan was offered the opportunity to direct the film.
The movie's trailer also contained the shot revealing the entire Greek fleet sailing towards Troy, but it had substantially more ships in it. When it became clear that this would be unrealistic (ships sailing so close to one another would only hinder each other), the number of ships in the shot was drastically reduced in the finished movie.
Early in production the film was titled "Trojan War." This has continued as an alternate title in some non-US markets.
The character of Briseis was first given to Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan but she declined due to being uncomfortable with love making scenes.
Warner Brothers rejected Gabriel Yared's score because it was too old-fashioned.
Sean Bean was Odysseus in this and played Zeus in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).
In the Italian dubbed version, Brad Pitt's voice was changed from his usual one (Sandro Acerbo) to the voice of Loris Loddi, who usually dubs Val Kilmer. Wolfgang Petersen personally chose Loddi.
Wolfgang Petersen dropped various Greek Gods from the storyline, saying they were silly and unnecessary to the plot.
Achilles shouts Hector's name nine times while waiting at the gates of Troy.
In the Iliad, Patroclus was not Achilles's young "cousin" but his lover. In ancient Greek art, Patroclus was traditionally depicted as having a beard while Achilles's cheeks were bare, signifying that Patroclus was the elder of the two, and the dominant partner in their sexual relationship.
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Katie Holmes tested for the role of Helen.
WILHELM SCREAM: Greek soldiers fall to Trojan arrows outside the city walls.
Peter O'Toole claimed to have walked out of the finished film after minutes. He also disliked Wolfgang Petersen.
Nigel Terry plays Archeptolemus - the Oracle who interprets the signs of war for Peter O'Toole's character Priam - previously appeared with O'Toole in 1967's The Lion In Winter. Terry played slow-witted son John to O'Toole's King Henry II.
In an interview with Norman Reedus, Diane Kruger disliked Peter O'Toole, calling him the meanest co-star she ever worked with:

"It kind of sucked. He's dead, so I can say that. But he wasn't the most pleasant person. He was just a drunk, and Peter O'Toole. You know, he had a two-day part, and I played Helen of Troy and he was Peter O'Toole, and he just wanted to make sure that everybody knew that he was Peter O'Toole. And he could barely make it up the stairs. We were on a set that was - you know, you have to climb, like, I don't know, 100 steps to go up."

"He was just - first of all, everybody thought he was gonna die right there and then. Because it was, you know, 120 degrees, and he had to walk up 100 stairs. And he was very old, and very drunk,
At one point, Paris mentions to Hector that they were protected by Poseidon during their journey back home. Wolfgang Petersen follow-up movie after Troy (2004) would be Poseidon (2006).
Many German viewers were annoyed when they realized that, in the German dubbed version, the dubbing voice of Brad Pitt was changed from his usual one (Tobias Meister) to the voice of Martin Kessler, who normally dubs Nicolas Cage. This was done on personal request from director Wolfgang Petersen.
Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana previously appeared together in Black Hawk Down (2001).
The trailers list Gabriel Yared as composer, not James Horner' who composed the score when Yared's was rejected.
The first time we see the main market in Troy, we can see some llamas in the middle of the cattle. Llamas are from Peru.
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Orlando Bloom and Sean Bean were both in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Trevor Eve's part was cut to just two lines: "The best of Greece outnumber the best of Troy two to one," and "My prince, it's a gift to the gods."
Model Charlotte Kemp Muhl was considered for the role of Helen.
Brendan Gleeson starred opposite Orlando Bloom again a year later in Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Again they were enemies.
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This movie contains 4 actors from Game of Thrones (2011), including Sean Bean who plays Ned Stark, James Cosmo who plays Jeor Mormont, Julian Glover who plays Pycelle and Mark Lewis Jones who plays Shagga.
Wolfgang Petersen had been offered the chance to direct Gladiator, but turned it down. His regret at this decision was partly why he agreed to direct this film.
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Brian Cox and Rose Byrne both appear in X-Men movies, although not together.
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Brian Cox said yes to this film because he'd always wanted to be in an epic.
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Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox and James Cosmo previously appeared in Braveheart (1995).
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When Achilles meets Triopas us at the beginning of the film, he asks Achilles who he is. In Greek mythology Peleus is the father of Achilles.
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Diane Kruger (Helen) and Sean Bean (Odysseus), both star in another movie together - National Treasure (2004).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sean Bean is famous for his death scenes in movies. Surprisingly, his character is the only high-ranking Greek commander to survive at the movie's end.
On screen, Achilles kills 33 men.
When Paris is helping the citizens of Troy escape, he hands Priam's sword to a young man named Aeneas and tells him that as long as the sword is in the hands of a son of Troy, the Trojans will survive. This is an obvious reference to Publius Vergilius Maro's (Virgil's) epic poem, The Aeneid, which tells the story of a prince of Troy named Aeneas leading the survivors of Troy through a series of hardships before settling in Italy, where his descendants establish Rome 5 centuries later. According to 'The Iliad', Aeneas was the son of Venus, and the second greatest warrior the Trojans fielded during the war. The man he is assisting must be Anchises, King of Dardania and father of Aeneas. In his youth Anchises had been crippled by a thunderbolt from Zeus. Aeneas escaped the burning Troy while carrying his elderly father on his back.
During the fight when Patroclus dresses up as Achilles, Brad Pitt himself is in the scene. When Hector removes Patroclus' helmet after cutting his throat, Garrett Hedlund is in the costume.
In Homer's time, archers were looked down upon because they did not fight their opponent on equal terms. Paris, the weakest and least brave, is an experienced archer, and kills Achilles with his arrows. Achilles, the best fighter of all, was never beaten in an open duel.
In the original story, Achilles does indeed lash Hector's corpse to his chariot. However, instead of taking it back to the Greek camp as he does in the film, he instead drags it around the walls of Troy for several days in anger.
In the original stories, Agamemnon survived the Trojan War, but was killed by his wife's lover. His son Orestes later avenged his death by killing them both.
There are several differences between Homer's Iliad and this movie. The twelve Greek Gods play a major role in the plot; some side with the Greeks and some with the Trojans, even arguing and physically fighting beside their allies. In the poem, neither Menelaus nor Agamemnon dies. Achilles' death is foretold, but does not occur in the Illiad, which leaves the Trojan War unresolved. He does die in the war in many related works by other authors. Ajax Telamon also survives the Iliad, but in related literature he dies by his own hand shortly after Achilles' death. The war lasts 10 years, and the events depicted in the movie take place during the last few months of the war. A Greek named Filoktitis or Philoctetes kills Paris right after he kills Achilles (not part of the Iliad, but part of the Greek mythology). Overall, the Iliad is an account of the feud between Achilles and Agamemnon; not all the romantic elements are as prominent in the poem as they are in the movie.
When Agamemnon's emissaries are summoning Odysseus for the war, he is sitting with a dog. This is a reference to 'Argos', the dog that according to Homer's Odyssey awaits 20 years for his return, and died the moment he saw his master back.
This film reunites two pairs of actors who have previously played allies, but who are now enemies to one another. Brendan Gleeson formerly allied with James Cosmo as Hamish Cambell and his Father in Braveheart (1995). Sean Bean and Orlando Bloom were allied as Boromir and Legolas in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). Interestingly James Cosmo is the only actor of the four whose characters die in both films.
There are arrows in hidden spots and angles through various scenes in the movie a possibe foreshadowing of Achilles' ultimate demise.

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