The Patriot's Bad Guy Wasn't A Child-Murdering Psychopath
Presumably, because some studio executive saw Braveheart and realized that America also had a pretty significant gore-filled squabble with the British, Mel Gibson was again enlisted to fight for freedom against the tyranny of those evil limeys -- his third-worst nemesis after highway patrol officers, and his own racist-ass brain.
The Real-Life Inspiration:
Since having Gibson fight an anthropomorphic tea bag with crooked teeth was apparently just a shade too on the nose of this movie, the villain is just a regular old psycho sadist redcoat, played by England's most evil-seeming thespian, Jason Isaacs.
Columbia PicturesBritain's answer to William Fichtner.
You can tell we might be slightly off the beaten track of recorded history here because Isaacs actually plays the role with more over-the-top wickedness than when he portrayed a straight-up evil wizard. Most memorably, in one scene, he orders his men to burn down a church full of women, children, and old people, for no particular reason other than the movie seemingly wants to imply that taxation is the gateway to genocide.
Columbia PicturesThe English version cuts to credits at this point.