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Trivia: Moby-Dick

Film Version (1956)

  • Orson Welles was actually battling depression at the time of filming, and had to be coached through his lines by director John Huston
  • Playing Against Type: The primary reason that the 1956 version wasn't well-receieved initially was that audiences weren't comfortable seeing Gregory Peck as a villainous character (albeit an Anti-Villain). Patrick Stewart and William Hurt faced no such problems.
  • What Could Have Been: William Holden and Robert Mitchum were both pitched as possible alternatives to play Ahab, as they didn't think Gregory Peck was capable of playing a villainous character. Interestingly enough, Peck himself thought that director John Huston would have made the perfect Ahab.

TV Version (1998)

TV Version (2011)