Cary Grant did not want to work with Audrey Hepburn.
It wasn’t personal. The 59-year-old actor admired Hepburn, but when director Stanley Donen offered him the romantic male lead in Charade (1963) opposite 33-year-old Hepburn he turned it down. He felt their 26-year age difference was too great and audiences would find it unseemly.
He eventually agreed to star with the condition screenwriter Peter Stone address the issue by changing the script so Hepburn takes the lead in the couple’s budding romance.
The result is a topsy-turvy crime thriller set in Paris that casts Hepburn as Reggie Lampert, whose dead husband stole gold bars during World War II. Pursued by three thugs who believe Reggie knows where the gold is hidden, she enlists the help of the charming Peter Joshua (Grant) to hunt for the loot. Grant and Hepburn display wonderful chemistry in the effervescent pic that pays homage to Hitchcock with its plot twists, witty dialogue and the teaming of two radiant stars.
Charade screens as part of Cineplex’s Classic Films series on January 28th and 31st. Click here for tickets and showtimes!