‘Romeo and Juliet’ Features Sue Overage Nude Scene
Reading the classic plays of William Shakespeare is a rite of passage for every American high school student. And these plays are often combined with filmed versions of the Bard’s comedies and tragedies. Almost everyone I know around my age saw, for example, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 Romeo and Juliet at school – despite the fact that the film includes a scene where the two stars, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, are briefly shown naked together in bed.
It always bothered me that this was allowed, and that was before I learned that both Whiting and Hussey were underage at the time the nude scene was filmed. If that was considered taboo in 1968, it certainly didn’t hurt the film’s box office. Zeffirelli at Romeo and Juliet It was a huge financial hit at the time, and won several Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography.
But now Whiting and Hussey have filed a lawsuit against the film’s distributors, Paramount Pictures. according to Differentthey are now accusing the studio of “exploiting them sexually and distributing naked images of young children.”
The suit alleges that Zeffirelli “assured the two actors that there would be no nudity in the film, and that they would wear flesh-colored underwear in the bedroom scene.” But in the last days of filming, the director reportedly urged them to perform in the nude with body makeup, or the picture would fail. ‘” (Zeffirelli died in 2019 at age 96.)
The two stars of the film are now in their 70s; they were 15 and 16 when they made the film. Their suit was filed as a law that had suspended the statute of limitations on certain child sex abuse cases in the state of California was set to expire at the end of 2022. Per DifferentIn a report, the two actors are asking for damages “believed to be more than $500 million. “