Documentary about legendary actor Peter O’Toole who brought a touch of danger to his art and a stroke of madness to his life yet inspired a generation of movie makers.
Reflecting O’Toole's theatrical legacy, this film is structured
into four acts each introduced by a quote about O’Toole that encapsulates his
life during a specific period.
Each act expands into a holistic narrative addressing questions
such as his self-belief, his alcoholism, his relationships with women, his
belief in socialism and his selective embrace of Irishness.
While O’Toole's words (gleaned from hundreds of hours of archival
interviews) act as a narrator of his own journey, Jim Sheridan further explores
the story through interviews with O’Toole’s family, artists, actors and
directors that knew him well.