The glory and the memory of men will always belong to the ones who follow their great visions. The greatest of these is the one they now call Megas Alexandros. The greatest of them all.
Behind the Scenes - Alexander (2004)
Jared Leto, Elliot Cowan, Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Oliver Stone, Rosario Dawson
"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