The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

Hep­burn is per­fect as Holly, but it could all have been so dif­fer­ent if Capote (inset) had got his own way. He had al­ways en­vis­aged his friend Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe in the role, later stat­ing, ‘Holly had to have some­thing touch­ing about her... un­fin­ished. Mar­i­lyn had that.’ The film’s pro­duc­ers, though, wanted Hep­burn, while Mon­roe’s Sven­gali-like act­ing coach, Lee Stras­berg – of New York’s fa­mous Ac­tors Stu­dio – also had other ideas, sug­gest­ing that it might not be ap­pro­pri­ate for Mon­roe’s im­age to play what is, es­sen­tially, a call girl. Capote was vo­cally dis­parag­ing of the re­sult­ing film, and even sub­se­quently sug­gested that, were Break­fast At Tiffany’s to be re­made ‘cor­rectly’, Jodie Foster would be ‘ the per­fect per­son’ to play the lead.

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