Audrey as Ariane in 'Love in the Afternoon', 1957
Filming for 'Funny Face' (1957) ended the first week of July 1956, and Audrey had only a brief break in Burgenstock and London before being flown out to Paris to begin filming for Billy Wilder's 'Love in the Afternoon', originally titled 'Ariane', the name of the main character, who is played by Audrey. The production of the film was rather difficult. The picnic scene had to be delayed due to fog, and then by mosquitos They had to reshoot the scene multiple times, which also meant that Gary Cooper, Ariane's lover, had to uncork the champagne around five times. "Never was a seducers work so hard," Cooper joked. Gary Cooper was actually Cary Grant's replacement. Grant was originally wanted for the role of Frank Flannagan, but turned it down due to the age difference. Oddly enough, six years later they would star alongside each other in 'Charade' (1963). Adding to the problems, Audrey also missed Mel terribly while he was filming 'The Vintage' with Pier Angeli in the South of France. Before Mel left Audrey, he bought her a Yorkshire terrier so she would have company. She named the dog Famous, and it was reportedly an irritable little dog that most didn't like- sans Audrey, of course. Audrey also became rather withdrawn during filming, due to stress. Political issues also affected filming. Street violence sparked in Paris due to a protest at the Russian invasion of Hungary. It became difficult to shoot, and after moving around, a member of the crew was hit by a missile and died later on in the hospital. Audrey had to travel with an armed guard from then on.
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