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  • By coincidence, Timothée Chalamet's real middle name is also Hal: Timothée Hal Chalamet.
  • This the second time Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn have co-starred in a film by David Michôd; the previous was Animal Kingdom (2010). Robert Pattinson also starred in The Rover (2014), which Michôd directed and Edgerton co-wrote.
  • Timothée Chalamet worked with director Christopher Nolan in Interstellar (2014). Tom Glynn-Carney worked with Nolan in Dunkirk (2017).
  • Lily-Rose Depp and Timothée Chalamet filmed scenes together in June and July 2018, and started dating in September 2018.
  • Ivan Kaye and Sean Harris both starred in all three seasons of The Borgias (2011).
  • Ivan Kaye and Tom Glynn-Carney both worked together with Sam Mendes during consecutive runs of critically acclaimed stage play 'The Ferryman' in London's West End in 2017/2018 before joining the cast of this film. Tom Glynn-Carney resumed his original role for the Broadway transfer of the play in summer 2018 after this film finishing filming.
  • This is David Michôd's second collaboration with Netflix, after War Machine (2017).
  • The Dauphin's heavily French-accented English was intentional, to better insult and disrespect King Henry. David Michôd cast Robert Pattinson very early in the writing process because he needed the Dauphin to "pop out", stating "I love how bold Rob is, I wanted him to go nuts with it. His whole purpose is to be a jerk and to just torment Hal. So I kind of needed him to be a larger-than-life jerk. He needed to be ridiculous. I just knew that he would want to sink his teeth into this character and that he would make it fun."
  • Principal photography took place in England and Hungary from June to August 2018.
  • The screenplay was partly inspired from the plays about Henry V by William Shakespeare, and partly inspired by real events and part fiction.
  • All characters existed in real life, except John Falstaff. In Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, William Shakespeare based Falstaff loosely on the historical Sir John Oldcastle, a companion of Prince Henry. He renamed the character because of Oldcastle's powerful family.
  • The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
  • Timothée Chalamet said that his funniest memory from filming was seeing Robert Pattinson vaping on set, in full armor and make-up.
  • The scene in which The Dauphin wants to fight Hal, but keeps slipping in the mud in his fancy armor was played by Robert Pattinson. A stuntman also did the scene, but Pattinson's take turned out better.
  • The scar on Henry's cheek is historically accurate. The real Henry V was struck in the face by an arrow at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, when he was 16 years old. In the movie, it's the scene in which Henry fights Percy Hotspur. The arrow was removed, but it left a permanent scar.
  • Timothée Chalamet and the cast spent several weeks training in horse-riding and sword-fighting.
  • The battle of Agincourt was filmed in two weeks, with 300 men and 80 horses, in a field in Hungary. To achieve a muddy battlefield, the crew would let horses run over it. The weather was so hot that the mud kept drying up in between takes, so they moved the battlefield to the left and did the same process again.
  • Timothée Chalamet, who's father is French, plays the King of England. Robert Pattinson, who is English, plays a French prince.
  • David Michôd dropped out of making Catch-22 (2019) in order to make this film.
  • Lincoln Cathedral played Westminster Abbey for the coronation sequence.
  • David Michôd sees this as a continuation of the themes he has explored in his previous films, Animal Kingdom (2010), The Rover (2014) and War Machine (2017), of delusional men coming to realize the error of their ways.
  • The idea of doing a more contemporary period adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry plays originated with Joel Edgerton.
  • From the start, David Michôd had Timothée Chalamet in mind to play Henry. Fortunately for him, Chalamet was also very keen to work with Michod.
  • Only one portrait exists of Henry V with a bowl haircut.
  • Joel Edgerton's first role out of drama school in Sydney was Prince Hal.

Spoilers

  • In real life, the Dauphin did not die at the battle of Agincourt.
  • The end of the movie implies that Hal was duped into invading of France by a close personal adviser, who Hal kills once he realizes he has been manipulated. That explanation disregards Hal's second invasion of France two years after Agincourt.
  • In real life, the Dauphin was not even present at the Battle of Agincourt. He is placed there in this film for dramatic effect. The Battle was fought in October of 1415, and the Dauphin died in December of 1415, possibly of dysentery, as recorded by the monk chronicler Michel Pintoin of the Basilica of St Denis.
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