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Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder Made Humphrey Bogart Regret Saying Yes to Sabrina
By LYVIE SCOTT
The drama behind Billy Wilder's 1953 hit “Sabrina” apparently began with the fateful casting of its leading man. Cary Grant was originally up for the role of Linus Larabee, but he ultimately turned it down, perhaps due to the age gap between himself and co-star Audrey Hepburn.
Humphrey Bogart was the director's second choice — and Bogart was well aware of it. He wasn't exactly keen to work with a director that hadn't considered him first, dragging his feet to accept the project and endure the trials throughout filming.
Throughout constant script changes, a love affair between co-stars William Holden and Audrey Hepburn, and a quirky director, Bogart’s performance wasn’t hindered, with Wilder praising his ability to learn lines quickly. Bogart and Wilder managed to put their differences aside, and even though they didn’t work together again, they kept things cordial in the public eye.