The Recasting Couch Ep. 26: A Knight’s Tale

A Knight's Tale

This week’s episode is about one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies; A Knight’s Tale. This movie stars Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, and Shannyn Sossamon, but is really filled out by some great supporting work from Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy and James Purefoy.

A Knight’s Tale was the big coming out party for Heath Ledger as he had really not done much before this other than 10 Things I Hate About You, which seems really strange because what is essentially a sports movie about a sport that hasn’t been seriously played for hundreds of years is not exactly the formula for a break out, but that’s exactly what happened. He’s undeniably charming, his acting is solid, and you can tell that he did a lot of the stunts himself, which definitely adds to the entertainment factor.

During the pod, Mike and I wonder what could possibly cost $65 million for this movie. What we don’t address is how, without single big actor, director, or writer associated with it, did they get that much money to make this movie? Was there some really rich jousting fan that was willing to bankroll it? Ultimately it was a smart investment, but I would love to know what that production process was like. I wonder if they may have had a larger name slated to be in one of the main roles and it fell through for some reason. It’s the main reason why I kept on putting straight A-listers in the lead role, because I couldn’t find a deep-cut guy (which Heath was at the time) that I actually thought could carry it. Check out our social media links below, and thanks for listening!

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