If you keep in mind that historical dramas are often more drama than history, they serve to pique our interest in true stories we didn’t learn in school. The 1995 film Braveheart was lambasted by historians for its inaccuracies, but it still won five Oscars. Even if you know the script by heart, there’s always something new to learn about how a movie was made. Now’s your chance to learn a little more about Braveheart. For instance,
8. Mad Max influenced the battle scenes.
Gibson admits that he borrowed the cinematic techniques for most of the violent shots in the movie—like shooting at different speeds or using jump cuts to emphasize the violence—from his Mad Max director George Miller. He also admittedly borrowed ideas and techniques for more atmospheric shots from director Peter Weir (who directed Gibson in Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously ).
9. Gibson had no choice but to star as William Wallace.
Gibson was relatively new to directing and was known more as an actor when he took on Braveheart – at that point his only directing credit was the small drama The Man Without a Face . Because of his onscreen fame, Paramount Pictures would allegedly only agree to let Gibson direct the movie if he starred in it.
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