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Filming starts in Thailand this week

 
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maryp



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 5:01 pm    Post subject: Filming starts in Thailand this week Reply with quote

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Stone's 'Alexander' to begin shooting in Thailand

The Associated Press
Posted January 14 2004, 9:06 AM EST


Award-winning movie director Oliver Stone will begin shooting scenes for his upcoming historical epic "Alexander" in Thailand this week, a publicist said Wednesday.

Hundreds of Thai and foreign cast and crew members will start filming scenes Thursday for the movie about the life of Alexander the Great, starring Colin Farrell as the Macedonian conqueror, publicist Michael Singer said.

"Alexander" also features Hollywood heavyweights Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Val Kilmer. It was not immediately known which, if any, of the stars will be filmed in Thailand.

"It is a large-scale movie. We are shooting large-scale scenes here. We are involving elephants," he told The Associated Press. "We have a lot of participants, both in front of and in back of the camera, who are Thai."

Parts of the story that take place in India will actually be shot in Thailand, he said, adding that the shoot will end early February.

Singer refused to say exactly where in Thailand the filming would take place, but cast members said on condition of anonymity that the sets for "Alexander" are in the provinces of Saraburi and Ubon Ratchathani.

Saraburi is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani is about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northeast of the Thai capital, near the border with neighboring Laos.

It is the final stop for the "Alexander" production crew, which began shooting in September and has already filmed scenes on location in Morocco and at studios near London, Singer said.

Stone wrote the film, which tells the story of the relentless conqueror Alexander, born in 356 B.C., who assembled the largest empire the world had ever seen by the age of 32.

Stone won best director Academy Awards for 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July," the 1986 Vietnam War drama "Platoon," and the best adapted screenplay Oscar for 1978's "Midnight Express."
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mary.
I've added this to my news section and credited you for the info.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: thailand colin Reply with quote

so...thailand is india, i assume..cool, cool...but that doesn't explain why the hell colin has fabio hair extensions. heinous pictures up at alexander-movies.tk...oh god...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A set report from an extra in the film can be found here:

http://ropeofsilicon.com/moviearticle.php?artID=217
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a section of the action being filmed in thailand involving elephants enjoy:
"We had our first full day of shooting yesterday and it was hella long, plus the moccasins we wear for our costumes are not Nike Airs so our feet hurt like a motha. It is cool but no joke, we worked 20 hours yesterday."
"We left the hotel at 3:45 am for the set and right before we left Colin [Farrell] rolled in with a few buddies and one of them had a beer bottle in his hand, definitely coming in from the night before." As for Colin's part in the filming; he was spotted with two others riding horseback just coming up to see what was going on but he did not shoot.
As far as what they were shooting we got word that it was four separate scenes. Shooting is taking place in a jungle like setting in the Udon Thani province in Thailand. The ground is covered in leaves and the cast and ground is consistently sprayed down with a fire house to create that "tropical" effect. Also amidst the forest are several fog machines and a drummer some 50 yards away beating a large drum every 5-10 seconds.
The first scene "was of all of us [Alexander's army] lined up in army formation on a hill that was slowly rising up behind us, and our commander was in front and was pacing back and forth and said, 'you will hit them with your left...and then hit them with your right,' in a very deep English accent."
A second scene was very similar to the first but covering the left flank of the formation, and the third scene is a little more intense as it focuses on what are called choppers, which our insider is one of and the head commander yells out, "Bring the assault teams forward!" Then the battle captain yells, "Choppers, prepare your blades. Follow me!"
Our insider reports that, "The choppers are an assault team that attacks elephants. Each elephant has a guard at each leg to keep him from being attacked, so the first four guys in the assault team are to attack these four guys and the second four guys have no shields but have long hooked blade weapons tied to their hamstrings and they gut the elephant."
He described it as "fog everywhere, a creepy battle drum, and a US Marine Corp. captain yelling orders to an army of guys with medieval weapons. No joke, Oliver [Stone] hired a USMC advisor to run the extras and be the military advisor."
The fourth scene they shot "was when our battalion is ordered to lower our spears then a horn sounds signaling our troops that we are being attacked from behind, half the troops steady and half turn to fight."
As for what they are wearing he said, "I am wearing a burlap sac with arm and head holes cut in it along with a burlap pair of undies. I have an arched short sword and a big silver shield. Most of us have to wear hair pieces so that we have locks hanging out our helmets, mostly black but with blonde streaks, they also made us shave our legs."

The piece of land they are shooting on is reportedly 20-30 acres and they will stay there until approximately the 31st when they will move about 5 hours northwest to continue the shoot. The scenes are supposedly the battles that went on in India and so far the only warriors shot have been the Macedonians.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is from the same web site kevin posted above.......
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