On July 31 of 1963, Stephen attended the London opening of the Twentieth Century Fox epic, Cleopatra. What a good sport! Stephen was originally set to play the main male character Mark Anthony, but due to Taylor’s long illness during the filming of the movie in London during 1960, Stephen, as well as most of the rest of the original cast, moved on to other projects. Stephen was in London filming “The Third Secret” during the summer of 1963. Apparently Burton and Taylor both boycotted the London premiere because of the scathing London critical reviews of Taylor’s performance at the time.
As for Boyd’s opinion – from The Sunday Express London on August 11, 1963:
“My only regret in not being in it was not working with Elizabeth Taylor,” he said. “I think she’s marvelous.
“I remember one day when several of us were reading for the part, and Elizabeth was ill, and we went around to her house when she was just, as it were, getting up. And God ! She’s the most beautiful thing. You know what you look like getting up ?” Mr. Boyd collapsed his face and looked extremely unwell. “Not Elizabeth. This vision came out of the bedroom”.
“The only thing I didn’t like about Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra was her make-up – all that heavy eye shadow and stuff. Ugh ! I can see why English girls wear so much of it : you’re walking up the Kings-road in the cold, and you’ve got to do sumpin to cover up the purple.
“But I’ve never liked a lot of make-up on women. You don’t know how to break through. It’s almost like being in prison. You know ? Let-me-know-when-I-touch-skin. What do they put so much on for ? Huhh ? It takes longer to take off. And time is a very important thing” (http://leglatin.pagesperso-orange.fr/boyd/boyde.htm)
Look for Stephen at about :19 seconds into the video….