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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."
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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.
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According to Greek mythology, Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) is Odysseus' grandfather.
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Tydeus (Aksel Hennie) was the father of the Greek hero Diomedes, a participant in the Trojan War, written about by Homer in "The Iliad".
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In this movie, the Trojan War is spoken of as being in the past. In the original Trojan War myths, Hercules died before the Trojan War, and is a crucial part of its backstory.
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This movie was based on the Steve Moore graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".
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To prepare for the role of Hercules, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took on a gruelling training routine for eight months.
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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.
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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.
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This movie was not screened in advance for critics.
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Besides Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's American English, all spoken roles were British English, or spoken by actors and actresses with English not their native language.
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There are two Norwegian actors and one actress in this movie; Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta, and Tobias Santelmann as Rhesus.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's paycheck of twelve million dollars was one thousand times the amount earned by Steve Reeves for his role in Hercules (1958).
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Writer Steve Moore wanted to have his name disassociated from this adaptation of his work.
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Joseph Fiennes played King Eurystheus. His older brother, Ralph Fiennes, played Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010) and Wrath of the Titans (2012), which were also based on Greek mythology.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson earned twelve million dollars for this movie.
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Robert Rodriguez was rumored to direct.
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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.
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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.
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