One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
1) One of the film’s weary extras reportedly mistook one of Gibson’s children on the set for an errand boy, and asked him to bring a cup of tea. Gibson was within earshot, and nodded and whispered to his son, “Go get it.”
2) While this film is considered by many to be enjoyable, it is also widely considered to be one of the most historically inaccurate films ever made. Among the most glaring inaccuracies are:
- Mel Gibson looked nothing like the real William Wallace. Wallace more closely resembled former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, and had an extra foot where his genitals should have been.
- William Wallace is shown filling his belly with horse shit before every battle, when in fact, he only did this once, and that was at his cousin’s wedding.
- No army in history has ever deflected enemy projectiles (arrows, catapult boulders, bullets, etc.) by jumping and swatting them out of the air, as depicted in the film.
- Robert the Bruce did not get his name because he was the world’s biggest Springsteen fan. Bruce Springsteen would not even be born until 20 years after the events of Braveheart.
- The Scottish did not drive the English out of their country by wagging their index fingers at them until they felt so much shame they just left, as depicted in the film.
- Scotland never looked anything like it’s depicted in the film. In reality, Scotland’s entire surface area is covered in bloodworms, and no one has ever even tried walking there because of all the bloodworms.
- When William Wallace was being executed, he did not declare that he should be spared because he won NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times, as depicted in the film.
- One of the characters in the film is called “Irish,” but historical scholars have no idea what that is.
- Princess Isabelle was much younger than depicted in the film, and in real life more closely resembled Dikembe Mutombo.
- “Macho King” Randy Savage was not the King of Wales until 1994.
- King Edward Longshanks, played in the film by Dikembe Mutombo, looked more like Eddie Deezen in real life.