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Booth aimed to create fresh story

Douglas Booth has revealed he and Hailee Steinfeld decided to throw away all the baggage that came with the story of Romeo And Juliet so they could try to create a "fresh love story".

The two young actors star in a new adaptation of Shakespeare's famous romance directed by Carlo Carlei and written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The film follows the plot of the original tragedy but does not use the traditional dialogue.

Douglas said: "It was a lot of pressure, you definitely feel that, and there's a lot of baggage that comes with Romeo And Juliet.

"Me and Hailee discussed it and from the beginning we thought we're going to have the throw this baggage away, and think about it as two normal young teenagers going through this crazy set of things as real people.

"Not this iconic character of Romeo and iconic character of Juliet, but just two teenagers that fall in love and are going through these amazing emotions, that feeling of first love and blinded by first love."

The 21-year-old English actor felt that being so young when they were making the film helped to bring a freshness to it.

He said: "She was 15 and I was 19 and that's the closest the ages have been to the real characters in the play, 13 and 17, so it was exciting for us to come in, being so innocent and so young and create this new and fresh love story from scratch."

:: Rome And Juliet opens in cinemas on Friday October 11.

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