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In Live with Kelly and Michael: Dwayne Johnson/Sarah McLachlan (2014), Dwayne Johnson revealed that his beard in the movie was made of yak testicle hair.
To prepare for the role, Dwayne Johnson took on a grueling training routine for eight months.
This film is based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".
The character Tydeus was the father of the Greek hero Diomedes, a participant in the Trojan War, written about by Homer in "The Iliad".
According to Greek mythology Autolycus is Odysseus' grandfather.
Except for Dwayne Johnson's American English, all spoken roles are British English, or spoken by actors with English not their native language.
Not screened in advance for critics.
In the movie, the Trojan War is spoken of as being in the past. In the original Trojan War myths, Hercules died before the Trojan War, and is a crucial part of its back-story.
King Rhesus of Thrace was a Trojan ally in Homer's Iliad. His name has been given to a type of monkey from the macaque family, native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Myanmar (aka Burma) and a few neighboring countries.
One of two Hercules movies released in 2014. The other is The Legend of Hercules (2014).
Joseph Fiennes plays King Eurystheus. His older brother Ralph Fiennes played Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010) and Wrath of the Titans (2012) which were based on another iconic Greek hero myth.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During shooting of the scene where Hercules breaks free of his chains, Dwayne Johnson stated that he "blacked out" after every take: "I asked the prop department to lock me in with real steel chains that I couldn't break, so the performance would be real. When Hercules finally accepts his fate of being the son of Zeus, it's the epic moment of the mythology--and our movie. We shot this scene eight times--I blacked out every time. Down to my knees. Well worth the pain . . . this moment is iconic. I'm excited for you to see it."
When King Eurystheus congratulates Hercules for killing the Hydra, he's shown breeding peacocks. This is the sacred animal of the goddess Hera, Hercules' arch-nemesis--possibly a clue to Eurystheus' true intentions.
In the beginning Reece Ritchie's character is strung up by his arms in a seated position over a torture device called the pyramid, which ends in a sharp point just inches away from the victim's posterior. This was a popular method of torture in those days, as gravity would weigh the victim down and eventually impale him.
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