20 Crazy Details About The Making Of A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale is a difficult movie to define. Is it a period piece or a rock musical? Is it a coming-of-age adventure or a romance? Is it historical fiction or a sports movie? The answer to all these questions is "yes," as writer-director Brian Helgeland made a film that bent every genre it touched.

The film stars Heath Ledger as William Thatcher, a peasant whose father apprentices him to a wandering knight, Sir Ector. When the knight passes away, instead of finding a new job, William and his fellow squires (played by Mark Addy and Alan Tudyk) set up a deception. William pretends to be a knight, using his skills learned from his former master to become the greatest jouster in the land.

Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters including the famous writer Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), the stubborn blacksmith Kate (Laura Fraser), the lovely

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