I just returned from a screening of Lawrence of Arabia (which I highly recommend) and I have to admit that I was a little shocked to find myself (in the traditional tumblr sense) shipping Sherif Ali with T. E. Lawrence.
I was genuinely shipping Omar Sharif with Peter O’Toole.
Actually, the filmmakers did too. There is considerable evidence that the real Lawrence was a closeted homosexual. Because the film was made in 1960, the director David Lean felt he was being a little bit dating about it. Being gay in the 1960s sucked.
There is also evidence that had was a masochist, based on some parts of his book. That is also hinted at, most notably in the “the trick is not minding that it hurts” scene.