Oxford professor of history Robin Lane Fox wrote a biography of Alexander the Great in 1973. Many Hollywood producers read it and tried to make a film about Alexander. The one who actually managed it was Oliver Stone. Stone called upon Lane Fox to ask him various questions and eventually to use him as a historical advisor on his film. As soon as Robin heard that the film was to be a major epic and would include a large cavalry charge Robin knew what his price would be for the advice he gave - he wanted to be in the first 15 of the cavalry charge. A keen horseman, he was more used to riding to hounds in the Oxfordshire countryside but Robin went to Morocco where the film crew was filming the location shots. A documentary crew from BBC Four followed him and we see a man given an unexpected opportunity to make his dream come true. Written by
Steve Crook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
Robin Lane Fox
originally also asked to have an on screen credit saying "Introducing Robin Lane Fox". This wasn't possible on the film of Alexander
(2004), so the documentary starts with the credits: Oliver Stone
as The Director, Colin Farrell
as Alexander and introducing Robin Lane Fox. See more