Trivia: Ben Hur
- Acting in the Dark: See Homoerotic Subtext on work page.
- AFIS 100 Years Series:
- Cool Horse: Ilderim's "children" are supposed to be Arabs, but are played by Lipizzaners, which are descended from North African Barbs. The sorrel horse Ilderim rides is an Arab; she shows the characteristic "flagging" of her tail as she runs.
- Enforced Method Acting:
- The stunt coordinator for the 1959 version was the legendary veteran stuntman/director Yakima Canutt; his son Joe was one of the stunt charioteers standing in for Heston. Joe is the one you see driving — and nearly flipped right out of the chariot — as the horses jump some wreckage in their path. That was unplanned, and Wyler kept it in, putting in a shot of Heston climbing back into place. Joe was unharmed.
- William Wyler and Gore Vidal came up with the idea that Messala and Ben-Hur had genuine Foe Yay to provide motivation for their rivalry. Wyler told Vidal (after confirming Have You Told Anyone Else?) to tell Stephen Boyd to deliberately dial up the Ho Yay between Mesalla and Ben Hur, while ensuring that Charlton Heston be kept inthe dark. Years later, when Vidal revealed this, Charlton Heston repeatedly spoke out against it, even saying that Vidal had little involvement, which the writer promptly debunked.
- Fake Nationality: Practically everybody.
- Throw It In: During the post-race celebration, the guy who picks up Messala's helmet and runs off with it did so spontaneously. The extras had been told to do whatever they wanted.
- What Could Have Been: Behold: Leslie Nielsen as Messala!