LION of the DESERT
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When ANTHONY QUINN took on the role of AUDA ABU TAYEH, in the film "LAWRENCE of ARABIA", he was seized by UNCERTAINTY and DOUBT.
Once in MAKE-UP, he refused to come out of his TENT to begin filming. He wondered WHAT he was doing in NORTH AFRICA, A MEXICAN NATIONAL masquerading as an ARAB CHIEFTAIN in his HOMELAND.
He was aware that AUDA was a MUCH REVERED FIGURE.....He was certain that he would NEVER be CONVINCING portraying such a GREAT MAN.
MANY of the MEN hired as EXTRAS and ADVISORS had actually accompanied AUDA on SEVERAL of his RAIDS.
These were the people that QUINN had feared facing the most....
Director DAVID LEAN had to FORCE HIM to step into the LIGHT.
QUINN decided to throw caution and uncertainty to the WIND....
When QUINN strode FORWARD, HEAD HELD HIGH, CONFIDENT, ASSURED....
The name AUDA began to be WHISPERED by all whom he passed. The WHISPERS grew LOUDER until the name AUDA! AUDA! AUDA! was being SHOUTED by THOUSANDS.
QUINN went on to give one of his FINEST PERFORMANCES. He said it was EASY. The PEOPLE had convinced him that, for a short time, he actually WAS AUDA ABU TAYEH.
T.E. LAWRENCE, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, said that AUDA was the greatest fighting man in ARABIA.
He was a man full of boundless ENERGY. A BOASTFUL but KIND MAN that did not mind singing songs of PRAISE to his OWN greatness.
At NIGHT, while they TRAVELLED the desert sands, you could hear AUDA'S VOICE echoing through the CANYONS...
He was called "A RIVER TO HIS PEOPLE".
There can be no greater PRAISE.