Because of its epic and historical character, both in terms of its subject matter and its place in film history, Lawrence of Arabia is not the film that comes to mind when thinking of a biopic. But the almost four-hour drama is based on the life of a real man, TE Lawrence, and is therefore a biopic. As it turns out, even biopics that aim for accuracy don’t always get it right, and even the famous “Lawrence of Arabia” isn’t immune to the inaccuracies that come with territory.
In particular, it was TE Lawrence’s brother who objected to Peter O’Toole’s characterization of Lawrence in the film’s portrayal. AW Lawrence, a professor of classical archeology, offered his take on the film’s untruths in an interview with The New York Times, saying: “Take an ounce of narcissism, a pound of exhibitionism, a pint of sadism, a gallon of blood – lust and gulp.” few other aberrations and stir well.