Trivia / Death in Venice

Film trivia bits:

  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: A gender-flipped meta example, where the 1971 Film of the Book is concerned. When it came time to cast the role of Tadzio, director Luchino Visconti made it clear that any old teen heartthrob wouldn't suffice — he had to have the single most beautiful boy on the planet. After an exhaustive search, the single most beautiful boy on the planet was deemed to be a 14-year-old Swede named Bjorn Andresen. Judge for yourself.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Andresen experienced an unfortunate real-life example of this trope soon after playing Tadzio — apparently, Visconti took him to gay bars when he was sixteen, and he was continually leered over by the clientele, to the point that Andresen felt like a piece of meat. The requirements of his role in the movie (involving giving lustful, come-hither looks to men) didn't help things either. As a result, Andresen has sworn off any film roles that place emphasis on his beauty, and will never play any homosexual character again.