New Delhi. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey were teenagers when the movie “Romeo and Juliet” was released in 1968. This movie received worldwide acclaim. He also got the Oscar award. The acting of the two child actors who played the main characters of the film based on the famous English novel was also appreciated. But these days a controversy has erupted regarding the shooting of this film and some of its scenes. Both actors are old now. But he accused Paramount Pictures, the producer of the film “Romeo and Juliet”, of sexual abuse of children.
According to the BBC report, the two child actors of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ have reached their seventh decade of life today. Both actors claimed that the film’s director, Franco Zeffirilli, encouraged them to do nude scenes. While the proposal to shoot such a scene was not given earlier. The two actors sued the film’s producer Paramount Pictures and director Franco Jaffarilli for it. Also sought $500 million in damages. Although Paramount Pictures has not yet given an answer on this subject.
There’s a dispute on the bedroom scene
Regarding the scene in the film ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which raised controversy after 54 years, the two actors say that they had not been warned of such a scene in advance. According to the BBC report, the film’s director, Jeffrey, said before this scene was filmed that he would be made to wear flesh-colored underwear. But the day the scene was shot, the director said there would only be body makeup. The camera will be placed so that there are no nudity scenes. The two actors allege that when the final copy was released before the film was released, it contained nude scenes of the two child actors. When the two raised an objection to this, it was said that if this scene wasn’t there, the film would fail.
Both artists are over 70
The two actors who played the main characters of the film “Romeo and Juliet” today reached their seventh decade of life. Leonard Whiting, who played Romeo, was 16 then, he’s 72 now. At the same time, Olivia Hussey, who played Juliet, was 15 in 1968, she is 71 today.
Keywords: child sexual abuse, hollywood movies
FIRST POST: January 05, 2023, 5:56 PM IST