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Elizabeth was about 3 years old when her mother was beheaded.
Initially, the movie characterizes Mary as innocent and morally upright. She had spent time in France, and was reputed to have had several affairs. One reason Henry only wanted Mary as a mistress was because he considered her a whore.
Anne Boleyn was hardly the quickly discarded failure that she is portrayed as. She had over 250 personal servants, and a reputation as a lavish spender. Several important people were executed because they didn't like her.
The love letter that Mary reads to herself says, "My heart and I surrender themselves into your hands." This is an actual quote from the real letter, but the letter was to Anne, not Mary.
One month before filming began, Natalie Portman began daily classes to master the English accent under dialect coach Jill McCullough.
Keira Knightley was attached to this project long time. Eventually, she dropped out and Natalie Portman was cast as Anne Boleyn.
Natalie Portman (Anne) and Scarlett Johansson (Mary) say that their costumes were extremely vital to knowing their character. Their dresses gave them good posture, and the colors helped represent their personality. With Anne, her bold and simple colors show that she wants a main goal. Mary's softer and much more complicated dress design shows that she is a more modest person and tries to be herself.
The film never reveals that George Boleyn is a homosexual. In interviews, Jim Sturgess says that George is more like a girl because he is rather catty, and the idea of sleeping with a woman repulsed him. That explains why he was so afraid of sleeping with Anne (besides treachery and incest).
One exterior shot shows Penshurst Place is shown as Anne Boleyn's family home. She actually grew up at Hever Castle in Kent.
The necklace that Anne wears (the string of pearls with a B and 3 tear drops) is the same necklace worn in ABC's hit show, Ugly Betty (2006).
Jessica Biel and Emma Bell auditioned for the role of Mary Boleyn.
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This is TV director Justin Chadwick's first feature film.
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Five of the films actors had either portrayed or went onto portray a comic book character. Eric Bana played the title character in Hulk (2003), Andrew Garfield played Spider-man in the The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Natalie Portman played Jane Foster in both Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), Scarlett Johansson has played Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the titular character in the upcoming film Doctor Strange (2016).
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