Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in 1968’s troublesome-in-retrospect Romeo and Juliet

The two stars of 1968′s Romeo and Juliet sued Paramount Pictures in 2022 for more than $500 million over a scene they shot as teenagers. Olivia Hussey, then 15 and now 72, and Leonard Whiting, then 16 and now 73, said director Franco Zeffirelli, who died in 2019, misled them by saying they would wear flesh-colored undergarments in an intimate scene, but informed them on the morning of the shoot that they would wear only body makeup.

He also told them they would be filmed in a way that would not show nudity, according to the suit. As countless ninth graders who have watched the movie in English class can attest, that isn’t how it worked out.

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