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(2003)

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Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy all previously appeared together in A Knight's Tale (2001). Both movies written and directed by Brian Helgeland.
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Originally scheduled for January 17, 2002, the film's release date was postponed when the visual effects had to be redone because they were thought to be unintentionally funny. According to a anonymous source close to the production quoted by Variety magazine, the special effects depicting sins exiting the human body after death looked like "calamari".
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On the DVD, there's a deleted scene in which Thomas wields a flaming sword - a biblical reference. As Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden Of Eden, God places an angel (some traditions say an archangel called Uriel) at the gates with a flaming sword. He is to make sure that none enter the Garden of Eden unworthy. Thomas thus sees himself as a guardian of Eden, or Paradise.
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Leagh Conwell also portrayed Heath Ledger's younger self in A Kinght's Tale
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According to Brian Helgeland, Peter Weller did extensive research for his role by studying old religious rituals and histrionics.
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Vincent Cassel had originally been cast as William Eden but left the production after three weeks due to "creative differences". He has been replaced by Benno Fürmann.
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Antonio Banderas was set to play the lead when the film was moving forward in 1999, but 20th Century Fox put it into turnaround after the studio wanted to trim the budget and had disputes with Brian Helgeland over casting Banderas' co-stars.
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Both Peter Weller & Heath Ledger have ties to DC Comics film adaptations. Peter Weller voiced Batman in The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1 & 2. Heath Ledger appeared as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
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Brian Helgeland also wrote and directed A Knight's Tale which starred the three main leads of The Order.
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