Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013) achieved instant stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. O’Toole received seven further Oscar nominations: Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). O’Toole never won the Oscar. But he’s in great company. Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock were also snubbed by the Academy.
Here, O’Toole gives some great pointers on acting technique. This is the kind of real life experience students of Stanislavsky, Strasberg and Adler never received.
“In Lawrence of Arabia, there was a famous scene of a charge in which my face was described by Time magazine as with a look of ‘messianic determination’ as we charged.