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    16 Wild Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Teen Comedies That Must Be Read To Be Believed

    From Ron Weasley to M. Night Shyamalan, this post has everything.

    1. Nicolas Cage was originally supposed to have the starring role of Brad in Fast Times At Ridgemont High, but his improvisations during auditions were deemed "too weird" and he was given a background role.

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    He is also credited as "Nicholas Coppola" in the film's credits because it was made before he changed his name to avoid accusations of nepotism (he's the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola).

    2. The "ugliest f-ing skirt" line in Mean Girls is based on something Tina Fey's mom says when she sees people in flashy clothing.

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    “My mom has this habit that if she sees a lady in a really ugly hat or a glittery sweatshirt, she’ll go, ‘I love your shirt’ and I’ll say, ‘Mom, that’s really mean,'" Fey said. "And she’ll say, ‘clearly she wanted someone to notice that shirt. She picked it out. It has a huge teddy bear on it!'”

    3. In a snarky move to get a producer's attention, the original title on the American Pie screenplay was 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 period blood scene from Superbad was based on a real thing that happened to Seth Rogen's friend at a high school dance.

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    And almost all the names in the movie are IRL people the writers went to high school with, down to the lead characters Seth (for Seth Rogen) and Evan (for Evan Goldberg).

    5. While Winona Ryder was overjoyed to be cast as Veronica in Heathers, her agent begged her not to take the controversial role.

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    "My agent at the time ­literally got on her knees and begged me not to do [the movie]," Ryder said. "She had her hands together, and she goes, 'You will never. Work. Again.' We parted ways later."

    6. While writer M. Night Shyamalan is usually linked to the horror/thriller genre, he was actually responsible for many of the re-writes to the She's All That screenplay.

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    "Night's big thing was, 'How do we pay off the bet? We can't just say there was a bet and then not show off the bet,'" said director Robert Iscove. "So there were months of discussion about that."

    7. Henry Cavill was author Stephanie Meyer's first choice to play Edward in Twilight, but by the time casting started he was too old for consideration.

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    "Indisputably the most difficult character to cast, Edward, is also the one that I'm most passionately decided upon," Myers had written. "The only actor I've ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen is Henry Cavill. Henry was Albert, the young son in The Count of Monte Cristo. Can you see it? I know I can!"

    8. During the FIRST DAY of filming The Kissing Booth, Joel Courtney split his chin open on the door of the Mustang and had to leave set to get stitches.

    I bumped my chin on the door of my mustang on the first day of filming #TheKissingBooth. #NoStitches @JoeyKing @netflix @Reekles @MollyRingwald


    "Before we even started filming, Joel got in the car and he didn’t even realize he had slammed his face on the corner of the Mustang and then everyone was like, 'Omg, his chin is bleeding.' He was like, 'What? My chin’s bleeding?'" Joey King said. "It was hilarious because he was so upset because he had to go to the hospital to get stitches. He was so mad. It was his first day of filming!"

    9. Cameron's father's badass car in Ferris Bueller's Day Off was actually a replica, costing $25,000 because the real deal would have cost the production $300,000.

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    10. The now-iconic lovemaking scene in Cruel Intentions was originally set to a Smashing Pumpkins song, but the band said "no."

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    "It was down to the wire, and they give me a call: 'Smashing Pumpkins said no,'" screenwriter/ director Roger Kumble said. "Then the music supervisor came in and said, 'Adam Duritz [Counting Crows' singer] saw the movie and loved it and he wrote this song and they're recording it tonight, but here's a demo of it...We put it in the film and it was great.'"

    11. Molly Ringwald wanted Viggo Mortensen to play Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles because he ACTUALLY kissed her during his audition, but the role went to Michael Shoeffling, who DIDN'T kiss her until the film.

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    "It was between two men — well, young men. It was Michael Shoeffling, who ended up being cast, and Viggo Mortensen, who had just moved from Denmark,” Ringwald said. "It got to the Jake Ryan shot, and we had the kissing scene. Michael Shoeffling did not kiss me during the audition — and Viggo Mortensen did. He made me weak in the knees. Absolutely.”

    12. Alicia Silverstone landed the role of Cher in Clueless because director Amy Heckerling loved her performance in Aerosmith's music video for "Cryin."

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    "I am so lucky that they were all out there at the time," Heckerling said. "I saw the 'Cryin' video for Aerosmith and when Alicia gave the finger, I said, 'There's my girl.'"

    13. James Franco auditioned to play Cliff, Torrance's love interest in Bring It On, a role which ultimately went to Jesse Bradford.

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    "We saw so many people. I have specific memories of trying to cast Cliff — I remember James Franco came in, "director Peyton Reed said. "He was so great and an oddball, and definitely gave us a cool take on Cliff. I remember he said, 'I just shot this pilot for a show that's pretty cool. It's called Freaks and Geeks.' Of course that got picked up, so he was off the market."

    14. Rupert Grint was originally supposed to play Austin Ames in A Cinderella Story, but couldn't because of his Harry Potter commitments.

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    15. And speaking of Chad Michael Murray, he WAS NOT allowed to ride the motorcycle while filming Freaky Friday, and was only allowed to pose on it for scenes where it was stationary.


    16. And finally, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo made a pact IRL to never date each other, literally the exact opposite of the pact their characters in To All the Boys I've Loved Before made.


    "We had just got back from a hot yoga class, and we went to his apartment and we ordered pizza — it was right before we shot the movie, and we were just getting to know each other...And I felt something. So, we kind of did what we did in the movie," Condor said. "We made a contract and set boundaries. I'm so happy that we did that, because the movie turned out great, and now we're doing a sequel."

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