Trivia / Roman Holiday

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Billing Displacement: Subverted. Gregory Peck predicted that the unknown Audrey Hepburn would win an Oscar for the role, and advised producers to bill her first. They did and she did.
  • California Doubling: Averted. The movie was shot entirely in Rome.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • The Embassy Ball featured actual Italian nobility, all of whom donated their salaries to charity.
    • Real reporters were also used at the end of the film.
  • Doing It for the Art: William Wyler wanted to shoot the movie in Rome so badly he agreed to take a budget cut and shoot in black and white rather than the planned Technicolor to do so.
  • Dueling Dubs: The movie was given SEVEN Japanese dubs.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Audrey Hepburn wasn't told beforehand of Gregory Peck's stunt at the Mouth of Truth. Hepburn's reaction therefore is both genuine and spontaneous: exactly what Wyler was looking for.
    • When filming the scene where the princess says her goodbyes to Joe, the inexperienced Hepburn was unable to produce the necessary tears, eventually causing director to complain at the number of wasted takes. Hepburn promptly burst into tears and the scene was filmed successfully.
  • Playing Against Type: Invoked by Gregory Peck, who longed to do a comedy for the first time in his career.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: An unknown actress had to be cast as Princess Ann, because the budget didn't allow for a star to play her.
  • The Red Stapler:
    • The Italian Vespa two stroke scooter enjoyed a surge in popularity after the film was released.
    • The haircut that Princess Ann gets became very popular in Japan of all places.
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  • Ripped from the Headlines: Played with. The script had been floating around for years and hadn't got made - until Princess Margaret's romance with a commoner hit the news.
  • Star-Making Role: For Audrey Hepburn, who had only done bit parts and stage work beforehand.
  • Throw It In: Gregory Peck ad-libbed the aforementioned Enforced Method Acting.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Joe was written for Cary Grant to play. He turned the part down, feeling he was too old to play Audrey Hepburn's love interest. They eventually played lovers in Charade ten years later.
    • Jean Simmons was the original choice for Princess Ann. The film was nearly cancelled when she was unavailable. Elizabeth Taylor was also considered in the early stages of development.
    • Both the leads were approached in the 70s about making a sequel that never happened.
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