He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, Claire Bloom, John Neville, and Robert Hardy in the cast. Robert Helpmann was director.
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[in 1974] I was up to, I'm told, because, of course, you don't remember if you drink that much, about two-and-a-half to three bottles of hard liquor a day. Fascinating idea, of course, drink on that scale. It's rather nice to have gone through it and to have survived.
According to Melvyn Bragg
's biography (that was based on Burton's own diaries) in 1959, he turned down an offer of $350,000 (approximately $2.25 million in 2005 terms) to star as "Christ" in Nicholas Ray
's remake of King of Kings
(1961) due to superstition. A Welsh-Irish drunkard had read the palms of Burton and some friends, including Dylan Thomas
, who were performing poetry on B.B.C. Radio's "...
Frequently played historic or real-life figures.