Was considered as one of the handful of directors who could handle the epic tale which filmed in Ceylon.
Ford started out as director for the movie "Mister Roberts" the stipulation that Henry Fonda star instead of Holden or Brando. However, the two friends clashed over the interpretation of the script and Ford left for "health" reasons. The two never worked together again.
Accoring to director Elia Kazan, Ford quit the film after he and star Ethel Waters didn't get along.
Did you know that John Ford was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)