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(2011)

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According to director Jonathan English, the bloody hackings of arms and legs were not done with CGI but with old-fashioned prosthetics.
Paul Giamatti filmed his role in 7 days.
After the first attempt by King John's army to take the castle, King John (Paul Giamatti) can be seen eating a peach in his tent. When the real King John died in October 1216, his death was attributed to poisoned ale, poisoned plums, or a "surfeit of peaches".
Brian Cox's line to Paul Giamatti's King John, "You're no more a king than the boil on my arse!" was ad-libbed according to director English.
Although subtitles spell the name of Brian Cox's character as Albany, historians spell it variously as William de Albini and William d'Aubigny. The latter is correct.
According to director Jonathan English, Daniel O'Meara really did eat a beetle during the starvation portion of the siege, but he's not sure the actor swallowed it.
The opening historical background prologue about Prince John and Magna Carta was added as an afterthought by director English. The narration was spoken by Charles Dance.
Richard Attenborough, originally cast as Archbishop Langton, convinced the film's creative team to utilize Wales' Dragon Studios for production. Unfortunately, though, a debilitating fall down the stairs of his home (complications of which led to his death) forced him to terminate his involvement.
Film loosely based on William d'Aubigny who commanded the Rochester garrison. Historians do not agree on the exact number of forces defending the Rochester Castle, with estimates ranging between 95 to 140 knights supported by crossbowmen, sergeants, and auxiliaries. When King John took the castle, most nobles were imprisoned or banished. The French forces did not arrive in England until 6 months after the end of the siege.
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Angus Macfadyen was initially cast in the role of Jedediah Coteral, but dropped out when the project was re-financed. He was replaced with Jamie Foreman.
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Depicted as pagans in the film, the Danes actually were Christianized by that time. The bulk of King John's mercenaries were not Danes but mostly Flemish, Provençals and Aquitainians.
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Megan Fox was rumored for a role.
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Actor James Purefoy's character, Thomas Marshal, is loosely based on medieval knight and statesman William Marshal.
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The closing narration claims this battle was one of the first French victories that ultimately lead to total victory. Nevertheless, after King John's death in 1216, many English rebels preferred the weak English King Henry III rather than a strong and experienced French monarch. This meant many English rebels defected to the Royalist camp and the rebellion was defeated by Royalist forces by 1217.
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William d'Aubigny did command the garrison but historical records show that he was not tortured and killed in the siege, nor was he an ennobled wool merchant.
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Marshal owns and uses two types of sword. This was true of at least some Templars. One was the 'arming sword', the classic knightly single-handed sword worn (as shown) slung from the belt. The other was the much larger 'great sword of war' wielded two-handed, and usually carried strapped to the saddle. Modern tests on pig carcasses (which are similar to human bodies in make-up) have shown that a great sword could indeed - as depicted in the film - cut a person almost in half with a single blow.
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