July 25, 2021

What you did not know about … Romeo + Juliet

Adaptations of Shakespeare there are many, and one of the favorite works of the English playwright is undoubtedly Romeo and Juliet. This classic has had a myriad of “tropicalizations”: since those of the early twentieth century, such as Leslie Howard in 1936, until the version of Cantinflas in 1943, passing through the favorite of many, that of Zeffirelli. However, the adaptation of Luhrmann opted for a more avant-garde and psychedelic vision, which together with a powerful soundtrack led it to become the most successful version to date.

20 years have passed since the premiere of this interpretation of “The lovers of Verona” starring Leonardo Dicaprio Y Claire Danes, reason enough to review some data and details that perhaps you did not know about the filming of the second film by the Australian director.

  • The film has an exact duration of 120 minutes (2 hours), something that is promised from the prologue: “Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage”.

  • Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale Y John Leguizamo They auditioned for the role of Mercutio, however the director wanted a black Mercutio. For its part, Benicio, the bull was considered to give life to Tybalt.

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aaliyah, Kate Winslet Y Natalie Portman they were considered for the character of Juliet.

  • Marlon brando He expressed his interest in giving life to Fray Lorenzo, however, personal problems made him abandon the project. In the end, the character fell into the hands of Pete Postlethwaite.

  • Catherine Martin Y Kym Barret, Production and Costume Designers make a cameo as part of Lady Capulet’s team of servants.

  • The first scene to shoot was the one where Claire Danes appears topless lying on the abdomen of Leonardo Dicaprio, after spending the night together.

  • Initially, the relationship between Danes and DiCaprio was pretty bad. The actress argued that Leonardo’s attitude was very immature.

  • The film featured several locations in the Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.

  • The church where Romeo and Juliet are married, and where the protagonist is later buried, is the Parish of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, located in the Del Valle neighborhood.

  • The statue of the Giant Christ that appears in the film was made by computer.

  • During filming in Mexico City, Aldo Signoretti, the film’s stylist, was kidnapped by a group of thugs, who requested a ransom fee of $ 300.

  • The film crew ran into trouble after a hurricane ripped through the entire Verona Beach set.

  • The first scene (the fight between the Montagues and the Capulets) that ends with the explosion of the gas station, was filmed in the port of Veracruz for 7 days.

  • The tape won four Bafta awards, including one for Baz Luhrmann; however, it barely garnered an Oscar nomination in the Production Design category.

  • Claire Danes He has assured that she was the first option to give life to Rose in Titanic, however, he rejected the offer because he did not want to repeat a leading couple in such a short period of time.