20 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite ’90s Rom-Coms

Elijah Wood was almost in what movie?!

1. When Julia Stiles read the poem in 10 Things I Hate About You, the tears were completely unplanned.

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It was also the first and only take.

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2. The scene where Heath Ledger plays with fire? Totally improvised.

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3. When submitting the script for American Pie to studios, screenwriter Adam Herz titled it, ‘Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love’.

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4. The Jason Biggs erection scene was replicated by a sausage.

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The crew cooked a sausage, stuck it on a pencil, and wrapped it in aluminum foil. It was still warm when it was placed between his legs.

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5. And that pie was from Costco.

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6. While filming Clueless, Alicia Silverstone didn’t know how to correctly pronounce “Haitians” in the debate scene.

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Director Amy Heckerling didn’t correct her because she liked it so much.

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7. There were 53 different kinds of tartan/plaid used in the film.

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8. In Patrick Swayze’s Ghost, the horrific sounds made by the “dark shadows” are really the sounds of babies, played at an extremely slow speed.

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9. Sarah Jessica Parker was reportedly offered the role of Julianne Potter in My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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She turned down the role since she was already committed to a little HBO show called Sex and the City.

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10. In Never Been Kissed, David Arquette plays Rob Geller. His then wife, Courteney Cox, played Monica Geller on Friends.

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11. Never Been Kissed was also James Franco’s feature debut.

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12. Before starring together in One Fine Day, George Clooney had met Michelle Pfeiffer years before, because he dated her sister Dedee in the early ’80s.

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13. The necklace that Vivian wears to the opera in Pretty Woman really cost $250,000.

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A security man from the jewelry store equipped with a gun stood behind the director while filming scenes with the necklace.

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14. During the sex scene, Julia Roberts got so nervous a visible vein popped out of her forehead.

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Director Garry Marshall got into bed next to Julia and Richard Gere. Marshall and Gere massaged her forehead until the vein disappeared.

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15. M. Night Shyamalan claims to have ghostwritten the script for She’s All That.

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16. Cameron Diaz told Jay Leno she was the body inside the bag carried by the hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary.

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17. In the original screenplay for While You Were Sleeping, the story was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé.

Studio executives thought it was too predatory, so they reversed the roles.

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18. Madonna and Marisa Tomei reportedly turned down the role of Yvonne Biasi in It Could Happen To You.

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19. Elijah Wood was supposedly considered to star opposite Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy, but he looked too young.

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20. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starred in three ’90s rom-coms together.

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Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

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All facts come from IMDB.

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