One of the most revered love stories in all of classic literature has been adapted for the screen once again, this time by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. This newest film version of Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet, out this fall, stars Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) and Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as the titular lovers. Check out the latest trailer from the film below.
The incredibly beautiful Booth is featured in a new editorial and interview for GQ magazine. Here are some highlights from the interview.
Douglas Booth on taking on the iconic role of Romeo:
It’s really intimidating but it’s exciting and it’s an honor. I tried to forget about playing “Romeo” in Romeo and Juliet and just think about him as a normal guy, as a normal character, and just try and approach him the same I would every other character.
…on his wardrobe malfunction during the shooting of Romeo & Juliet:
I swear I split my pants a million times down the crotch when I was fencing. The poor costume girls had to spend many an hour, fixing up my crotch.
…on upcoming roles in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, and the sci-fi flick, Jupiter Rising:
At the end of last year, I finished Darren Aronofsky’s next film, Noah. It was an amazing job; it’s going to be an epic and Darren is such a talented filmmaker. I just finished Jupiter Rising – the Wachowskis, they’re directing it. This is their return to sort of more Matrix-y fare, a cross between Star Wars and The Matrix.
…on his key to success:
I just want to be challenged, I want to keep challenging myself and I’d love to have another challenge as big as playing Boy George [in 2010’s Worried About the Boy]—whether or not it’s changing yourself physically like that or just pushing yourself to a certain extreme. I get bored quite easily so I like to keep my mind entertained by challenging myself.
Remind me to jump at the chance to fence with Douglas if the opportunity ever arises.
Check out the pics of Douglas Booth out in the wilderness for GQ.