“Everyone on the set of Roman Holiday was in love with Audrey. We did that one picture together, and I think it was the happiest experience I ever had on a movie set.”
Roman Holiday (1953) - directed by William Wyler. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert.For the famous “Mouth of Truth” scene, Gregory Peck ad-libbed the joke where he pretends that his hand was bitten off in the mouth of the stone carving. He borrowed the gag from Red Skelton. Prior to filming the scene, Peck told director William Wyler that he was going to do the gag, but that they should not tell Audrey Hepburn. When Peck pulled his arm out of the stone carving’s mouth with his hand pulled up his sleeve, Hepburn’s horror and surprise was genuine. She gave what she later recalled was “a good and proper scream,” and the scene was finished in one take (x).
this just about it sealed the deal for best romantic movie of all time for me.
According to Peck, while filming the “Mouth of Truth” scene in Roman Holiday, he decided to do a trick he saw Red Skelton do once, without informing his co-star beforehand; Audrey Hepburn’s scream at Peck’s missing hand was not acting, but a real reaction to the situation.
She’s different. In every way.