“You know, that role actually changed my life in a lot of ways, because we made that movie in the most incredible way. We were in Morocco for three and a half months, we were in England for a month and then in Thailand for a month and a half. And it was a type of film, when you work with someone like Oliver Stone it’s a, you know, you’re fulfilling.. I was fulfilling a long term dream of mine. He is one of my favorite directors ever, and being in a Muslim country in this day and age for that amount of time was - it was life changing. So, a lot of the record.. I worked on songs over there like “The Kill” and.. “Attack” I used to play in a place called Essaouira, which is this old medieval Spanish village on the coast of Morocco, and it’s a - there’s a really important part of this album that was born in the… sands of Marrakech.”
Jared Leto (Loveline, June 15, 2006)
The Bitter End
A stunning ‘Alexander’ fan video that condenses over three hours of high-strung drama into the length of a brilliant Placebo song.
I never bothered to watch Alexander, the Directors Cut or Alexander, the Final Cut. After seeing plain ole Alexander, I didn’t think there would be a single thing Oliver Stone could do to salvage that film. Besides, I mourned the lost potential it represented.
But today was too damned hot to go outside, to even rise from the sofa for very long so, I watched the Final Cut. It was an improvement on the first version, though I could have lived without the long-drawn out and mostly unnecessary battle scene as an opener.
My disappointment in this movie, every version of it, can be summed up by the placement of the quotation, “It is said that Alexander was never defeated, except by Hephaistion’s thighs.”
The absolute cop-out of placing that quote over the scene of the two boys, Alexander and Hephaistion, engaged in a wrestling match is so blatant and deliberate. Giving the bigots an out, allowing them to misinterpret the quote as being about wrestling!
Really, Mr Stone, really? I understand a self-respecting filmmaker wanting, nay, needing to use what is easily the most famous quote about Alexander and Hephaistion, but to use it like that just illustrates so clearly why your attempt at Alexander failed. I will always mourn the film this could have been, had you the courage and conviction to make it.
— Oliver Stone on why he chose Colin Farrell to play Alexander
Colin talking to Sean Stone about his father Oliver.
“He’s probably the most Alexandrian, because he’s completely driven by excess…and by fucking madness”
JL: At one point during the audition, the casting director, Billy Hopkins, had his head in my lap. I was whispering sweet nothings to him, so it was kind of ridiculous in a way. It also sort of felt like we had a moment together—and we’ve been dating ever since. [laughs] But it was good because I got the part. The script was unbelievable. Oliver, man—the guy is an incredible writer. There’s no doubt about that. He was one of my favorite directors growing up, and I would have died to do anything with him. Going in and meeting with Oliver, talking about this project, I felt like I did when I met you, when you were casting that little role that I did in Fight Club.
Colin talks Alexander. Just lovely how he decribes the relationship between Alexander and Hephaistion…and funny how he claims that he and Jared never even talked about the issue that this might have been a sexual relationship.
I’m with you Colin, why talk about the obvious!