History Trivia / LawrenceOfArabia

25th Jun '17 12:19:47 AM mouschilight
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** Bollywood actor Creator/DilipKumar was offered the role of Sherif Ali, but he declined.
14th Apr '17 4:13:29 PM CumbersomeTercel
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3rd Apr '17 5:39:37 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* FakeNationality: In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
** Kind of. Half-Irish, half-Scottish Creator/PeterOToole, who might have been born in England or Ireland (he had two different birth certificates), as Welsh born but half Anglo-Irish and half Scots Lawrence. At any rate, they're both from the British Isles.

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* FakeNationality: In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
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Kind of. Half-Irish, half-Scottish Creator/PeterOToole, who might have been born in England or Ireland (he had two different birth certificates), as Welsh born but half Anglo-Irish and half Scots Lawrence. At any rate, they're both from the British Isles.



* FatalMethodActing: Averted.

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* FatalMethodActing: Averted. In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.
23rd Dec '16 6:14:16 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: David Lean originally wanted to shoot the entire movie in Jordan, which is located in the same region where it takes place. Although the Jordanian government was very helpful, this proved to be impractical. Much of the desert scenes were filmed in Jordan, but ultimately most of the movie was filmed in Spain. With its abundance of Moorish architecture, Seville plays the part of basically every Middle Eastern city in the movie. Desert scenes were also filmed in Morocco and, yes, California.
6th Oct '16 11:48:53 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** First, it's worth noting that filmmakers had been trying to make a Lawrence movie since the mid-'20s. Two of the better known examples were an Alexander Korda epic in the '30s with Laurence Olivier as Lawrence, and a '50s Rank Organisation picture starring Creator/DirkBogarde. Both films fell apart due to political pressure: the former because of fear of alienating Turkey in the run-up to World War II; the latter because of a coup d'etat in Iraq, where the film was set to shoot. Lean and Spiegel narrowly beat a competing project, an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play Ross, to the screen.
** Michael Wilson worked on the screenplay for over a year, then was summarily dismissed by Lean for unsatisfactory work. Unfortunately the cast and crew were already in Jordan and waited for weeks before a new writer was hired. Robert Bolt's tenure as screenwriter got off to a rocky start when he was arrested for taking part in a CND demonstration in London, forcing Sam Spiegel to bail him out of jail. Bolt then showed his gratitude by granting a press interview where he slammed Spiegel and Lean as egomaniacs. Eventually Spiegel invited Bolt to live on his private yacht in Aqaba, mostly to keep an eye on him.
** Logistics filming in Jordan were a nightmare. For a start, gaining rights to film there required intense negotiation: Spiegel brought in Anthony Nutting, a former British Foreign Office official, to secure King Hussein's approval.note The crew commandeered tanker trucks full of fresh water from Aqaba and airlifted frozen food to the location every day. Lean and crew had to meticulously sweep the desert sands free of footprints and tire tracks between takes. Outbreaks of illness laid many crew members low. Creator/PeterOToole's on-set drinking caused tension with Arab extras. The Jordanian government initially cooperated with the production but proved leery about filming in cities like Aqaba and Maan.

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** First, it's worth noting that filmmakers had been trying to make a Lawrence movie since the mid-'20s. Two of the better known examples were an Alexander Korda epic in the '30s with Laurence Olivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier as Lawrence, and a '50s Rank Organisation picture starring Creator/DirkBogarde. Both films fell apart due to political pressure: the former because of fear of alienating Turkey in the run-up to World War II; the latter because of a coup d'etat in Iraq, where the film was set to shoot. Lean and Spiegel narrowly beat a competing project, an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play Ross, to the screen.
** Michael Wilson worked on the screenplay for over a year, then was summarily dismissed by Lean for unsatisfactory work. Unfortunately the cast and crew were already in Jordan and waited for weeks before a new writer was hired. Robert Bolt's Creator/RobertBolt's tenure as screenwriter got off to a rocky start when he was arrested for taking part in a CND demonstration in London, forcing Sam Spiegel to bail him out of jail. Bolt then showed his gratitude by granting a press interview where he slammed Spiegel and Lean as egomaniacs. Eventually Spiegel invited Bolt to live on his private yacht in Aqaba, mostly to keep an eye on him.
** Logistics filming in Jordan were a nightmare. For a start, gaining rights to film there required intense negotiation: Spiegel brought in Anthony Nutting, a former British Foreign Office official, to secure King Hussein's approval.note The crew commandeered tanker trucks full of fresh water from Aqaba and airlifted frozen food to the location every day. Lean Creator/DavidLean and the crew had to meticulously sweep the desert sands free of footprints and tire tracks between takes. Outbreaks of illness laid many crew members low. Creator/PeterOToole's on-set drinking caused tension with Arab extras. The Jordanian government initially cooperated with the production but proved leery about filming in cities like Aqaba and Maan.
6th Oct '16 11:47:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BackedByThePentagon: King Hussein of Jordan lent an entire brigade of his Arab Legion as extras for the film, so most of the "soldiers" are played by real soldiers.



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* FakeNationality: In the real Battle of Aqaba, Lawrence was nearly killed when his camel threw him after he accidentally shot it in the head. In a remarkable coincidence, Creator/PeterOToole was nearly killed himself when a gun or rocket used to signal "action" in the first take went off prematurely, and O'Toole was thrown by his panicked camel in front of the charging horses. (Another account holds that O'Toole was temporarily blinded by pellets from an effects gun and lost control of his animal.) Fortunately for O'Toole, the camel, trained for such situations, stood over him and saved him from being trampled.



* FatalMethodActing: Averted.



* ThrowItIn: Lawrence using his dagger-blade as a mirror was something that O'Toole came up with while shooting the scene.

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* ThrowItIn: Lawrence using his dagger-blade as a mirror was something that O'Toole Creator/PeterOToole came up with while shooting the scene.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Several actors were offered the leading role, including Creator/MarlonBrando, but Lean initially seemed set on Creator/AlbertFinney, an unknown actor with few roles to his credit. Finney received an elaborate, four day screen test, performing scenes from early script drafts with several actors and reciting passages from Lawrence's ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom''. Finney impressed Lean and producer Sam Spiegel, but Spiegel demanded Finney sign a multi-picture contract. Finney refused, instead performing his StarMakingRole in ''Film/SaturdayNightAndSundayMorning'' while ''Lawrence'' was still in production. Enter Creator/PeterOToole and the rest is history.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Several actors were offered the leading role, including Creator/MarlonBrando, but Lean initially seemed set on Creator/AlbertFinney, an unknown actor with few roles to his credit. Finney received an elaborate, four day screen test, performing scenes from early script drafts with several actors and reciting passages from Lawrence's ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom''. Finney impressed Lean and producer Sam Spiegel, but Spiegel demanded Finney sign a multi-picture contract. Finney refused, instead performing his StarMakingRole in ''Film/SaturdayNightAndSundayMorning'' while ''Lawrence'' was still in production. Enter Creator/PeterOToole and the rest is history.
27th Aug '16 5:22:49 PM OddHack
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** Creator/HorstBuchholz was the first choice, but had already signed on for ''Film/One,Two,Three''. Creator/AlainDelon had a successful screen test, but ultimately declined because of the brown contact lenses he would have had to wear.

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** Creator/HorstBuchholz was the first choice, but had already signed on for ''Film/One,Two,Three''.''Film/OneTwoThree''. Creator/AlainDelon had a successful screen test, but ultimately declined because of the brown contact lenses he would have had to wear.
10th Jul '16 6:32:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Shooting was just about to start when Creator/DavidLean threw out Michael Wilson's original script completely. Robert Bolt was brought on to rewrite the script as filming began. As a result, the movie was filmed almost chronologically - a rarity then or indeed now, especially on such a large-scale film.
5th Jul '16 9:12:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheOtherMarty: Creator/EdmundO'Brien was originally cast as Jackson Bentley, but had to drop out when he suffered a heart attack. Creator/ArthurKennedy was flown in from New York to replace him.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/PeterO'Toole and Creator/OmarSharif. O'Toole was an acclaimed stage actor, but only had a few minor film roles beforehand: Lean reportedly spotted him in ''Film/TheDayTheyRobbedTheBankOfEngland'', playing a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist. Sharif was already famous in Egypt, but this movie made him an international superstar.

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* TheOtherMarty: Creator/EdmundO'Brien Creator/EdmundOBrien was originally cast as Jackson Bentley, but had to drop out when he suffered a heart attack. Creator/ArthurKennedy was flown in from New York to replace him.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/PeterO'Toole Creator/PeterOToole and Creator/OmarSharif. O'Toole was an acclaimed stage actor, but only had a few minor film roles beforehand: Lean reportedly spotted him in ''Film/TheDayTheyRobbedTheBankOfEngland'', playing a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist. Sharif was already famous in Egypt, but this movie made him an international superstar.
5th Jul '16 9:11:01 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheOtherMarty: Creator/EdmundO'Brien was originally cast as Jackson Bentley, but had to drop out when he suffered a heart attack. Creator/ArthurKennedy was flown in from New York to replace him.
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