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Charlton Heston put a steel rod in his nose to make it resemble Michelangelo's broken one, but Rex Harrison steadfastly refused to grow a beard, even though the real-life Julius II had one during a short period of his papacy.
In the film, the quarries that Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) sourced for the marble for his sculptures were the actual quarries attended by the real Michelangelo at Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, Italy.
Heston was asked in an interview, which of all the characters he'd portrayed would he like to have as a dinner guest. He said Michaelangelo, but acknowledged that, as the painter did in the film, Michaelangelo would certainly not show up.
The material used as the wet plaster that drips into the mouth of Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) was chocolate pudding.
One of Michaelangelo's sculptures was of the Biblical figure Moses. Charlton Heston's resemblance to that sculpture earned him the role of Moses as well.
The Sistine Chapel could not be used for filming the painting of its ceiling so it was recreated on a sound stage at Cinecittà Studios, Rome, Italy.
Rex Harrison did not get along with Charlton Heston at all during filming. Twelve years later, while filming The Prince and the Pauper (1977), he avoided him completely.
Cardinal Giovanni de Medici succeeded to the papacy after the death of Julius II in 1513, becoming Pope Leo X, the first of four Medici popes.
The movie was originally supposed to have been filmed in 1961, starring Burt Lancaster, but production was delayed for three years.
The film lost $8 million worldwide.
Philip Dunne wrote the screenplay for this film in 1959, around the time the original book by Irving Stone was published. At one time, it was thought that Fred Zinnemann would direct and that Spencer Tracy would play Pope Julius II.
Laurence Olivier was the first choice for Pope Julius but was unavailable.
Adolfo Celi, who played Giovanni de Medici, was an Italian who spoke strongly accented English. His voice is dubbed by an (uncredited) American actor.
Average Shot Length = ~7.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds.
The on screen title is actually "Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy" with 'The Agony and the Ectasy' in larger, more stylized typeface.
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There is no on screen credit for any producer.
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Pope Julius II was known as "The Warrior Pope" during his lifetime.
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The first conversation Michaelangelo (Charlton Heston) has with Bramante (Harry Andrews) is to discuss a large block of marble for the carving on Moses, a sly reference to one of Heston's most famous roles, that of Moses, in The Ten Commandments (1956).
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Irving Stone, the author of the book which this movie was based on, lived in Rome for about four years, traveling throughout Italy doing research, including periods working in quarries, even apprenticing to a sculptor.
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Writer Irving Stone was able to gain access to some of Michelangelo's letters, which he had translated from Italian, and then had them published in 1962 as "I, Michelangelo, Sculptor".
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Irving Stone was the recipient of several honorary awards from the Italian federal government and regional Italian authorities for cultural and literary achievements.
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The final two minutes, forty seconds of the film's running time is the musical score over a black screen.
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