Oliver Stone has announced he’ll be releasing an uncut version of his epic Alexander starring Colin Farrell and Jared Leto. This new DVD-only version will expand the film’s running time from 168 minutes to a whopping 220 minutes.
Said Stone: “This thing has haunted me. By truncating it into three hours, we lost things that were important. This version allows you to immerse yourself in the classical world.”
When I originally saw the film I was somewhat shocked at the extent of the gay romance it actually retained.
Perhaps the director is just haunted by the fact that Brokeback and not Alexander wears the gay romantic epic crown, or perhaps for Stone too much of his own directing is never enough. In any case, I’m not sure how many will be able to sit through a longer version of this film, unless of course, Stone chooses to graphically reveal the myriad ways in which Alexander was defeated by Hephaiston’s thighs.