It’s not exactly a “Great” face-off, but Baz Luhrmann and Oliver Stone premiered their respective labors of love within a two-week period.
Stone’s “Alexander,” starring Colin Farrell, bows in theaters Nov. 24, two weeks after the small-screen preem of Luhrmann’s much-hyped Chanel No. 5 ad, starring Nicole Kidman.
One is 175 minutes, the other is two minutes, but both faced wrenching production hurdles. Consider:
While Stone and his crew faced the possibilities of dehydration, heat stroke and dysentery in Morocco, Baz and his crew in Sydney faced the grim possibility of running out of Veuve Clicquot.
Whereas “Alexander” required meticulous research of Hellenistic-era battle armor and weaponry, “Chanel” demanded a detailed knowledge of Karl Lagerfeld couture.
The battle scenes in Stone’s pic meant directing a cast of hundreds to convincingly portray BC-era soldiers plundering, sacking and burning the Persians. Baz’s shoot meant making sure that the canoodling of his two-person cast — Kidman and Brazilian hottie Rodrigo Santoro — looked convincing.
Luhrmann and producer Dino De Laurentiis are watching the tracking on Stone’s pic, because they still want to lense their Alexander (which would feature Kidman as Olympias).
If only Chanel would launch an Alexander fragrance.