Costumes for the film were created under the watchful eye of designer Lisa Jensen, whose main challenge in the film came from the real Royal Canadian Mounted Police and from the Disney studios, who own the rights to use the Mountie image.
"The RCMP does not allow its uniform to be used publicly because it is impersonating an officer, unless you get special permission," explains Jensen. "Originally, the answer was no, but after establishing a relationship with the RCMP in British Columbia, where the film was shot, minimal changes had to be made, including the addition of gold tabs, a change in buttons and a change to the chevron on the collar."
In the end, Dudley's RCMP uniform was actually "built" by a person who "builds" for the RCMP.
"Brendan looks like a million bucks in that Mountie uniform," says Wilson. "Through that camera, he has almost classic movie star good looks that remind me of different periods-the '30s and '40s."
"Brendan is a wonderful actor," he continues. "He's very quiet offstage, but as soon as the camera is on there's a bang, and then he goes back to the strong silent type."
The other big challenge for Jensen was the numerous Indian costumes. She says, "We had to take these Indians that are supposed to be somewhat authentic looking doing a dance number which is somewhat campy and then going the next week and doing a dance that's Vegas campy but still has the same flavor of these odd Italian Indians that we've created."