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Trivia / Romeo and Juliet

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The play:

  • Actor-Inspired Heroism: Paris can become this depending on the production. He's there to be an obstacle preventing Romeo and Juliet from being together since he's the one she's betrothed to. As he doesn't do anything outright villainous in the story, he can be portrayed as another innocent victim of the feud alongside the two lovers if the actor says his lines differently.
  • Trope Namers: Serial Romeo, Star-Crossed Lovers.
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  • Dawson Casting: Tends to attract this to the point where an amateur staging with middle-aged or even older leads is practically a Stock Joke.
  • A ghost character named Valentine appears on the Capulet's guest list for the ball; "Mercutio and his brother Valentine". Valentine never appears in the play or is mentioned again. What's the one other Shakespeare play that also takes place in Verona? The Two Gentlemen of Verona, in which one of the eponymous gentlemen is named Valentine.


Charles Gounod's opera:

  • All-Star Cast:
    • Audio Recordings:
      • 1995, conducted by Michel Plasson: French tenor Roberto Alagna as Roméo, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as Juliette, Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam as Frère Laurent, British baritone Simon Keenlyside as Mercutio, French mezzo-soprano Marie-Ange Todorovitch as Stéphano, and French baritone Alain Fondary as Capulet.

The 1936 Film:

The 2013 Film:

  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Producers had planned to cast a twenty-something actress as Juliet, but fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld played it.
  • Playing Against Type: If you go by on-screen work that is. Damian Lewis is a Shakespearian Actor, but his most famous on-screen roles have been as soldiers, assassins, and cops. Here he's Lord Capulet.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nudity and love scenes were planned for Juliet when producers were considering an older actress. They were removed when Hailee Steinfeld was cast.
    • Lily Collins was the first choice for Juliet but dropped out.
    • Logan Lerman, Sam Claflin, and Josh Hutcherson all auditioned for the role of Romeo.


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