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10 Things To Remind You That 'The Man In The Iron Mask' Is The Best Forgotten Film Of The '90s

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1998's The Man In The Iron Mask has just about everything you could want from a great historical fiction movie. It has action, romance, tension, betrayal, and the greatest team of warriors 17th Century France had to offer; The Musketeers. We love it, and we're sure you do too, but we're also willing to bet that you didn't know a few of these facts about the movie.

Sir Anthony Hopkins was the first choice to play Aramis, which ultimately went to Jeremy Irons

Orion Pictures

They also considered Sam Neill and Alan Rickman for the part.

The original story is loosely based on a joke by Voltaire

Encyclopedia Britannica

Alexandre Dumas's original novel was inspired by a real-life prisoner in the Bastille who was forced to wear a leather mask for the two years leading to his execution. However, Voltaire was the one who joked about the man being a royal lookalike, nearly 70 years after the execution.

All four Musketeers are played by actors of different nationalities

United Artists

Jeremy Irons is English, John Malkovich is American, Gérard Depardieu is French, and Gabriel Byrne is Irish.

The "Iron Mask" was actually made of polystyrene

United Artists

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