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Trivia

  • Cinematographer William C. Mellor suffered a heart attack, collapsed and died on the set.
  • Telly Savalas shaved his head bald for his role as Pontius Pilate. He kept his head shaved for the rest of his life.
  • During filming the first snowstorm to strike Arizona in decades buried the whole set. Several hundred cast and crew members, including director George Stevens, went out with snow shovels, wheelbarrows, bulldozers, and butane flame throwers to clear the snow from the set. Just as they were done, it snowed again, even harder than before -- forcing the production to close and move to Desilu Studios in Hollywood.
  • Joanna Dunham, who played Mary Magdalene, became pregnant during filming. The director worked around this by shooting her from the chest up as much as possible, making her later scenes markedly unlike the earlier ones.
  • Director George Stevens originally hired 550 Navajos from a local reservation to be Roman legionnaires, but they couldn't stay on the set for very long and eventually went back home to participate in a tribal election. Stevens replaced them with ROTC cadets.
  • 'David Lean' directed some scenes for 'George Stevens' who was bogged down with the production. He was between Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and _Dr. Zhivago (1965)_ and was not credited

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