Take a Look Back into the Making of Lawrence of Arabia

The 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia is an historical epic based on the life of T.E. Lawrence, the British writer, diplomat, archaeologist, and army officer. The film about the Arab Revolt and the Sinai and Palestine Campaign against the Ottoman Empire in World War One was as informative as it was entertaining.

Peter O'Toole - T.E. Lawrence
Lawrence of Arabia behind the scenes photo. Source: MoviestillsDB.com, Copyrights: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The film was nominated for seven Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards, winning all. In the following years, the film was deemed one of the most influential films in movie history due to its scale, score, cinematography, and characters.

The Movie Was Banned In More Than One Country

The film was actually banned in several countries, specifically those in the Middle East. It may not come as a surprise that many nations felt that the Arab people in the film and their historical figures were misrepresented.

Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence, Omar Sharif as Sherif Ali, Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal
Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, Omar Sharif as Sherif Ali, Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal. Source: MoviestillsDB.com, Copyrights: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Actor Omar Sharif even arranged a personal meeting with Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It turns out that Nasser enjoyed the film and decided to allow it to be released in Egypt. There, it went on to become a hit.

Anthony Quinn Went All Out

To make his charter look and feel as authentic as possible, Anthony Quinn, who played rebel leader Auda Abu Tayi, made a real effort. He dedicated hours every day applying his own makeup.

Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence, Anthony Quinn as Auda Abu Tayi
Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, Anthony Quinn as Auda Abu Tayi. Source: MoviestillsDB.com, Copyrights: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

That way, he could ensure that his character looked as real as possible. According to one story, Quinn showed up on the set in full costume and was offered his own role. He was apparently indistinguishable in appearance.

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