Yes, I am going to incorporate Star Wars in my Stephen Boyd Blog! Why? Because Stephen got to act with the inimitable Alec Guinness in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” in 1964. Since Alec’s portrayal of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius in this movie as a emperor-philosopher has so many similarities to his later portrayal as the wise and noble Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, I think it’s only fitting to mention this with the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”!
“In popular culture Marcus Aurelius can even be a future source. If only in disguise. In the original trilogy of his Star Wars films (1977-1983) George Lucas presents us with a wise teacher and warrior who bears an uncanny resemblance in appearance and function to the Roman emperor. Our first glimpse of Marcus in The Fall of the Roman Empire shows him wearing a cloak whose hood covers his head, the appropriate way to conduct a sacrifice. Luca’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is usually dressed in a similar way. That both Marcus and Obi-Wan are played by the same actor only clinches the case. O be one with Marcus, noble Jedi knight!’ (Martin M. Winkler, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Film and History)
Just another reason one of the many reasons I love “The Fall of the Roman Empire”… A Star Wars connection!
May the Force be with you all!!