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Rossen shot the film to run three hours, with an intermission. He was very disappointed when producers cut it to 141 minutes.
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Charlton Heston turned down the title role, adding "Alexander is the easiest kind of picture to make badly".
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Richard Burton was very dissatisfied with the final film. 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 is dubbed by Christopher Lee (uncredited).
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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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Danielle Darrieux, who played Richard Burton's mother, was only eight years older than him.
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The first film of Peter Wyngarde.
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Stanley Baker's death scene was cut from the finished film.
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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 film Zulu (1964).
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Peter Wyngarde was originally tested for the lead role of Alexander, but ended up in the smaller role of Pausanias.
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The normally hairy (chest and otherwise) Richard Burton was subjected to a complete buffing, as was Stanley Baker and other prominent male members of the cast.
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Robert Rossen was lobbied by photojournalist (and later co-producer of Cassavetes) Sam Shaw to consider John Cassavetes, then a struggling young actor in New York, for the title role in the film. Rossen rejected Cassavetes for the role, 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, Cassavetes' first film as a director.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7 seconds (135 minute version)
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Around 5,000-6,000 Spanish extras were recruited for this film.
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