Trivia / Alexander

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $155 million (not counting marketing costs), $201.2 million (counting them). Box office: $167,298,192 worldwide and only $34,297,191 of it from the domestic market.
  • Creator Killer: Oliver Stone never truly returned to his former status after this.
  • Dueling Movies: Came out within a year of three other historical battle epics that were following-up on the success of Gladiator. Its competitors being Troy, King Arthur, and Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Val Kilmer gained over fifty pounds, and stopped working out, for the plump role of Philip.
  • Fake Nationality: You'll have hard time finding actual Greeks in this film.
  • Follow the Leader: Oliver Stone was finally able to make the film about Alexander the great he wanted to for years after the giant commercial and critical success of Gladiator.
  • Old Shame: Colin Farrell seemed to feel this way even when the movie was still in theaters. When he hosted Saturday Night Live after the film's underwhelming premiere, he mentioned in his opening monologue that working on the film was "time well spent." The awkward chuckles in the audience were priceless.
  • Playing Gertrude: A particularly absurd example, Angelina Jolie is only one year older than her onscreen son Colin Farrell.
  • Wag the Director: Historical Consultant Robin Lane Fox, and the costume design team, originally planned for Angelina Jolie to be clothed exactly as a woman of Olympias' time and position would have appeared. This included a long dress and shawl that would have fully covered her entire body, including her hair. Jolie, however, objected strongly to this, and insisted her character be far less clothed to emphasize her sexual power.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Baz Luhrmann was planning his own Alexander the Great biopic at the same time starring Leonardo DiCaprio, but abandoned it when Stone beat him to the punch.
    • Heath Ledger was considered for Alexander.
    • Stone's first choice for King Philip was Liam Neeson, who turned it down. Sean Connery and Russell Crowe were also offered the role.
    • Brad Pitt was considered for Hephaestion, but turned down the role, due to personal concerns with the character.


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