Cinema: Peter O'Toole's Yardstick

Yardstick

In a London restaurant, Peter O'Toole, 56, speared an oyster and reflected nearly three decades back, to the time when a little-known Irish actor was cast as Lawrence of Arabia. "These were events that altered my entire life," he told TIME correspondent Anne Constable. "It became a yardstick by which to measure practically anything -- even simple things like human endurance." Stepping into the 130 degrees F Jordanian sun on the first day of shooting, he recalls, "it was so hot it hurt. But within a month I adjusted. I knew it would be as much an adventure as a film,...

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