Lolita (1997) Poster



Since actress Dominique Swain was only 15 at the time of filming, a pillow had to be placed between her and Jeremy Irons' lap during all their scenes together.
Charles Chaplin's relationship with his second wife Lita Grey was reportedly the inspiration of the novel "Lolita" as she was underage when they first started their relationship.
Natalie Portman turned down the role of Lolita.
Dominique Swain beat approximately 2,500 other actresses to land the lead role.
Dustin Hoffman was originally signed to play Humbert Humbert before being replaced by Jeremy Irons.
As Dominique Swain was not yet an adult woman when the movie was filmed, an adult body double had to be used for some of the sex scenes.
Frank Langella discovered belatedly that director Adrian Lyne had kept a full-frontal nude-shot of him (during Quilty's death scene), and left it in the movie. Langella was furious with Lyne over what happened; he still gets embarrassed talking about it.
Ralph Fiennes was considered for the part of Humbert Humbert.
In the novel, Lolita is only 12 when Humbert first meets her. In the film, her age was changed to 14. The same thing happened in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).
Hospital scenes filmed in Austin High School in El Paso, Texas.
More explicit versions of the comic book and the Lake Point Cottages scenes were submitted to the British Board of Film Classification in 2000 for inclusion as extras on the region 2 DVD. The BBFC refused certificates for the scenes, noting that they would not have been passed if they were included in the film, and were especially problematic out of context.
Jennifer Love Hewitt was considered for the role of Lolita Haze.
Thomas Lennon auditioned for the role of Dick.
Over 2500 girls, including Christina Ricci and Melissa Joan Hart, tried out for the title role.
Interior shots of Clare Quilty's home were filmed in Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville, NC.
Gérard Depardieu was originally signed to play Quilty before being replaced by Frank Langella.
The film had a hard time in finding a distributor. When filming finally began, New Line Cinema was the distributor, but they dropped the film from distribution when they saw an early cut. It later got a limited cinema run, through a small independent distributor, before finally making a big premiere on the Showtime Entertainment TV channel.
In Australia, the film was held back from release, due to concerns about promoting pedophilia. It was granted release in 1999 with an R rating.
The house where all the Haze home scenes are shot is located in Wilmington, North Carolina. All the scenes in the house were actually filmed there, rather than using a sound stage for the interiors.
Nadia Litz auditioned for the title role.
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