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R.I.P. - The Essentials: 5 Of Peter O'Toole's Best Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2013 2:04 PM
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We have a story about Peter O'Toole. We can't remember where we first heard it, and like many such stories, it could well be apocryphal. Supposedly, O'Toole, at the height of his 1970s drinking, met a few friends for lunch at a restaurant in London's Soho. As was his custom, a bottle of wine was ordered, then another, then several more. After the food, they then reconvened to various pubs throughout the afternoon. As evening rolled around, the group got the idea to go and see a play. The drunken crew stumbled into a theatre, bought tickets, and took their seats. It was a good few minutes into it that O'Toole froze, then turned to his companion and whispered "Bloody hell, I'm in this fucking play," before dashing backstage, donning his costume and taking the stage.

Ben Kingsley Circling 'Mary Mother Of Christ' With Julia Ormond, But Didn't Peter O'Toole Retire?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 28, 2012 11:04 AM
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With Mel Gibson having only slightly fallen in the ranks of public perception since his $600 million-grossing “Passion of the Christ,” it's only natural that when stirrings of a quasi-prequel to the Jim Caviezel-starring film began this year at Cannes -- who else -- but the director of 3D cave thriller “Sanctum” would be the one to helm it. Alister Grierson signed on early to direct “Mary Mother of Christ,” but only lately have any new casting hints begun to trickle out, and they're a reliably fitting bunch to boot.

5 Things You Might Not Know About David Lean's 'Lawrence Of Arabia'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 3:12 PM
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Is there a greater film than "Lawrence of Arabia?" Perhaps. There are certainly few longer ones, or few that are more epic and sweeping in their scope (thanks to the timeless Panavision 70 photography by Freddie Young). But even if the film isn't your absolute favorite, it is the number one of many, including Steven Spielberg, who credits the picture with making him want to be a filmmaker.

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