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History vs Braveheart

Did William Wallace really look like the photo above? No, not at all. The 5'11, small statured, clean shaving Mel Gibson doesn't look like the well over 6', large statured and bearded William Wallace of history. Released in 1995, Braveheart brought foward the story of William Wallace to an international noteriety. Starring Mel Gibson as Scotland's greatest ever Patriot hero and written by Randell Wallace, the film did very well, winning 5 Academy Awards including Best picture (1995). I myself enjoyed the film, as a FILM. As a historian, I'm less pleased by it. As usual with Hollywood when portraying the story of a historical character, the film had its innacuracies, some bearable, some ludicrous. Gibsons portrayal was in one way, good, as in he put a lot of effort into it and did portray Wallace's dedicated and patriotic warrior side. However Gibson at times was far too one dimensional and pshycotic, in other words, at several times in the movie, Gibson looked like his Lethal Weapon character Martin Riggs in Drag with his screaching and screaming. Also, would it have killed Mel to grow a beard for the role? Still, the film itself brought William Wallace to international noteriety and resurging many scottish peoples patriotism and rememberence of their Hero. To many that is more than worth it, however many wonder how accurate the film actually was, here are my Braveheart historical innacuracies...

The Historical Innacuracies in Braveheart.........