Played Macbeth in "Macbeth".
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Lieut. Laurence Olivier | Lord Olivier | Sir Laurence Olivier | Sir Lawrence Olivier
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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[on Alec Guinness
] He's an actor, that fellow, a superb actor. But over and above that he does his homework. However idiosyncratically I saw Alec playing a part, I would be very, very cautious about criticizing it, because I know that every point about it would be backed by a complete marshaling of all available evidence. He really does his homework.
The filmmakers wanted him to play Clive Candy in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
(1943) (1943), but he was prevented from being furloughed from the Navy to take the role by Prime Minister Winston Churchill
, who didn't want the film to be made. Churchill didn't want to bolster the production with an actor and star of Olivier's calibre as it felt the movie was critical of a type of British ...
Often directed himself in his films