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26th Feb 2013

Controversy: Late Screen Icon Audrey Hepburn Stars In Chocolate Ad Thanks To Technology

Some people have expressed their disgust at the late icon becoming the face of the Galaxy campaign...


Screen icon Audrey Hepburn is fronting a Galaxy chocolate campaign, twenty years after her death, thanks to computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s star is brought back to life in a new commercial for chocolate brand Galaxy, set during the 1950s on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

In the clip, which is set to her Oscar-winning song Moon River, a young Hepburn is seen stuck on a bus in traffic when she spots a handsome stranger in a Mercedes sports car and decides to hop in his convertible instead. She grabs the bus driver’s hat and skips towards the stranger’s car.

Hepburn lost her battle with cancer in January 1993, but her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti are adamant she would be “proud” of the advertisement, insisting in a press release that the star “often spoke about her love of chocolate and how it lifted her spirit”.

But the advert has been the subject of debate online where some people believe it is insulting to the actress’s legacy to be the face of a chocolate campaign and others have described how impressed there are with the results of the computer-generated imagery.  

Some comments under the YouTube video include: