During shooting of the scene where Hercules breaks free of his chains, Dwayne "The Rock" 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."
On Live! with Kelly (1988), season twenty-six, episode two hundred thirty, "Dwayne Johnson/Sarah McLachlan", Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Hercules) revealed that his beard in this movie was made of yak testicle hair.
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 (Burma), and a few neighboring countries.
This was one of two Hercules movies released in 2014. The other was The Legend of Hercules (2014). Unlike the former, this movie experienced moderate worldwide box-office success and was better received critically. The Legend of Hercules (2014) bombed at the box-office and was universally panned by critics.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
When King Eurystheus (Joseph Fiennes) congratulates Hercules (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) for killing the Hydra, he is shown breeding peacocks. This is the sacred animal of the goddess Hera, Hercules' archnemesis, possibly a clue to Eurystheus' true intentions.
In the beginning, Iolaus (Reece Ritchie) is strung up by his arms in a seated position over a torture device called the pyramid, which ends in a sharp point a few inches away from the victim's buttocks. This was a popular method of torture in those days, as gravity would weigh the victim down, and eventually impale him or her.