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The "Romeo + Juliet" Cast Then Vs Now

It's been 22 years since Baz Luhrmann's iconic movie graced our screens.

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Leonardo DiCaprio – Romeo

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Fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio was so passionate about the movie, he flew to director Baz Luhrmann's home in Australia to do a video workshop in order to get the project greenlit.

Claire Danes – Juliet

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Fun fact: Claire Danes wears a wig throughout the movie, and even had a special aquatic one for the pool scenes.

John Leguizamo – Tybalt

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Fun fact: Benicio Del Toro was also considered for the role of Tybalt, while John Leguizamo originally auditioned for Mercutio.

Harold Perrineau – Mercutio

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Fun fact: Mercutio's dramatic death scene was actually filmed during a hurricane – they got the shots just in time, before the storm became too strong.

Paul Rudd – Dave Paris

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Fun fact: Claire Danes actually wasn't the first choice for Juliet. Natalie Portman was cast, but as she was only 13 at the time, the age difference between her and Leonardo DiCaprio (then 21) and Paul Rudd (then 26) really didn't work.

Dash Mihok – Benvolio

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Fun fact: All the guns in the movie are named after swords – Benvolio carries a SWORD 9mm Series S, while Mercutio uses a DAGGER 9mm and Tybalt has a RAPIER 9mm.

Jesse Bradford – Balthasar

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Fun fact: Baby-faced Bradford was only 17 when the movie was released.

Miriam Margolyes – Nurse

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Fun fact: Yes, that is Professor Sprout from Harry Potter.

Jamie Kennedy – Sampson

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Fun fact: Sampson and Gregory are actually Capulets in the original play, not Montagues as they are in the movie.

Zak Orth – Gregory

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Fun fact: The opening gas station encounter between the Montagues and the Capulets took seven days to film.

Vincent Laresca – Abra

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Fun fact: Abra says "double, double, toil and trouble" at the beginning of the movie, which is actually a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Paul Sorvino – Fulgencio Capulet

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Fun fact: The costumes at the Capulet ball all represent the characters' personalities – so Romeo is a knight, Juliet is an angel, Tybalt is a devil – and Fulgencio is an emperor.

Diane Venora – Gloria Capulet

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Fun fact: This was not Venora's first Shakespearean screen credit – she also starred in A Midsummer Night's Dream TV movie in the '80s.

Brian Dennehy – Ted Montague

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Fun fact: Like the younger Montagues, Ted arms himself with a type of "sword" – a LONGSWORD gun.

Christina Pickles – Caroline Montague

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Fun fact: You probably recognise Pickles from Friends – she plays Ross and Monica's mother.

Vondie Curtis-Hall – Captain Prince

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Fun fact: In the original play, this character is actually the prince of Verona, while in the movie his role was modernised to make him the police captain.

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