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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

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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, GĂ©rard Depardieu is French, and Gabriel Byrne is Irish.

The "Iron Mask" was actually made of polystyrene

United Artists

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