Even after 54 years since its release, Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” continues to captivate audiences, showcasing the remarkable talent of its actors.
When Zeffirelli sought to cast the film, he surprised everyone by choosing non-professional actors whose ages aligned with the characters from Shakespeare’s play. In the book, Romeo was 17 and Juliet was 13, and the director aimed to capture the authenticity of their youthfulness.
At the age of 15, Olivia Hussey was selected among 500 actresses to portray Juliet, alongside 16-year-old Leonard Whiting as Romeo. This decision was deemed quite daring, as not many actors their age would undertake such demanding roles.
However, their performances surpassed expectations, and their exceptional acting abilities resonated with audiences worldwide.
Now, take a look at this picture. Can you guess who they are? Yes, they are our beloved Romeo and Juliet. Observe how they have changed over time.
These actors have remained devoted to each other, maintaining their connection and supporting one another in all aspects of life.