“Stephen Boyd is glad he escaped ‘Cleopatra’ role with Liz Taylor” by Sheila Graham, 1962

Below, a photo from EBay by Terri Arden of Stephen in March 1961. Stephen was required to go blonde for the role of Anthony in “Cleopatra” as the original director of the project, Rouben Mamoulian, did not want Boyd to resemble his “Ben Hur” character Messala in any way. Interestingly, Boyd would get a bleach job again as Livius for the filming of “The Fall of the Roman Empire” in 1963 – another Roman role.