In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all the basic simple shots of hobbits were taken with them in the background, so they would look smaller than real people.
I want to do this in reverse. I have a lion (stuffed toy) that I want to take to the Colosseum in Rome. Remember, they used to always go there to eat the Christians?
Well basically I would like to take a photo of my girlfriend standing beside her pet lion. I want to make the lion look lifesized and have her standing beside it and the Colosseum in the background. Obviously I need to get rid of distractions, so that nothing will give away the scale, but is there an advantage to using one lens over another?
For an example of the basic premise check out, this article on forced perspective.
I know that a longer lens will squash things together, but that would mean being very far away from the subject, which isn't really possible in Rome in the summer.