ACHILLES WAS NOT A HERO: 7 reasons why Brad Pitt’s portrayal in “Troy” is terribly wrong.

Achilles and Patroclus.

Achilles and Patroclus. Source: Wikimedia

Romance in The Iliad and Troy

It’s likely that the director chose to humanize Achilles in order to make him more appealing to the 21st century audience. In 2004, people wanted someone they could relate to, and were unlikely to be interested in watching an epic where a protagonist does nothing but murder and doesn’t have a love interest. Of course, in The Iliad, Achilles and Patroclus were heavily implied to be lovers, whereas in Troy, they were cousins – another major difference.

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