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Charlton Heston turned down the title role, saying, "Alexander is the easiest kind of picture to make badly."
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Richard Burton was 29 at the time of filming, but many critics felt he already looked too old to play Alexander. He was supposed to be a teenager for the first hour.
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Richard Burton was very dissatisfied with the final movie. He was later reluctant to accept the role of Marc Antony in Cleopatra (1963), due to his low opinion of historical epics.
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Helmut Dantine's Egyptian soothsayer was dubbed by Sir Christopher Lee (uncredited).
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Danielle Darrieux, who played Richard Burton's mother, was only eight years older than him.
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Stanley Baker's death scene was cut from the finished movie.
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Although Richard Burton and Stanley Baker had been close friends since they were teenagers, this was the only time they acted together in a movie. Burton later recorded the narration for Baker's movie Zulu (1964).
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Writer /director Robert Rossen shot this movie to run three hours, with an intermission. He was very disappointed when producers cut it to two hours and 21 minutes.
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The normally hairy (chest and otherwise) Richard Burton (I) was subjected to a complete "buffing", as were Stanley Baker (I) and other prominent male members of the cast.
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Peter Wyngarde originally tested for the lead role of Alexander, but ended up in the smaller role of Pausanias.
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First credited role for Peter Wyngarde (Pausanias).
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Between 5,000-6,000 Spanish extras were hired.
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Writer/director Robert Rossen was lobbied by photojournalist (and later a co-producer on John Cassavetes films) Sam Shaw to consider John Cassavetes, then a struggling young actor in New York City, for the title role in this movie. Rossen rejected Cassavetes, but the blacklisted director and the young actor became close friends over the course of the next few years. They shared many opinions about dramatic construction, acting and directing, and Rossen would give Cassavetes a lot of help a few years later on Shadows (1958), Cassavetes' directorial debut.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7 seconds (135 minute version)
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