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How The 'Braveheart' Actors Compare To Their Real Historical Counterparts  

Melissa Sartore
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Braveheart was a huge success at the box office and earned 10 Academy Award nominations after its 1995 release. The movie, despite its historical inaccuracies, went on to win five Academy Awards for its portrayal of William Wallace as the leader of the Scottish resistance to the English Crown.

Mel Gibson's depiction of William Wallace was not without criticism; however, given the difficulty in ascertaining what people in the 13th and 14th centuries looked like, was the casting really that bad? The film also includes a host of fictional characters, which gave the production team a little more creative freedom when it came to casting. History buffs and film fans will enjoy comparing the movie's actors with historical depictions of their real-life counterparts - including the actual Braveheart, Robert the Bruce. How did the filmmakers do?  

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Prince Edward - Peter Hanly
Prince Edward - Peter Hanly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How The 'Braveheart' Actors Compare To Their Real Historical Counterparts
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons/Paramount Pictures
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Princess Isabella Of France - Sophie Marceau
Princess Isabella Of France - ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How The 'Braveheart' Actors Compare To Their Real Historical Counterparts
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King Edward I - Patrick McGoohan 
King Edward I - Patrick McGooh... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How The 'Braveheart' Actors Compare To Their Real Historical Counterparts
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Robert The Bruce - Angus Macfadyen
Robert The Bruce - Angus Macfa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How The 'Braveheart' Actors Compare To Their Real Historical Counterparts
Photo:  Wikimedia Commons/Paramount Pictures
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