On a recent visit to Rome, I had to make a quick stop at La Bocca della Verità (The mouth of truth). I have always been a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and her movies which include the 1953 classic, Roman Holiday.
I am especially fond of the scene when Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn arrive to the mouth of truth, a face carved in marble. Joe (Gregory Peck) tells Princess Anya (Audrey Hepburn) the legend of the mouth. It has been said that if a liar puts their hand inside its mouth, they will lose it.
When filming the scene Gregory Peck played a trick on Audrey by hiding his hand inside his sleeve and than he pretended to have his hand bite off. This little prank caused Aubrey Hepburn to scream for real and if you examine the clip she was not acting and was really laughing from being caught off-guard.
Here is a clip from the movie in Italian.
waiting in line for my chance to place my hand in the mouth.
If you visit Rome I would recommend you visit it. It is now located in the atrium of the ‘Santa Maria in Cosmedin’ church.