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17 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About "Bridesmaids"


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1. Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas became roommates in real life.

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In 2012, they told Us Weekly that they were inspired by their roommate roles in Bridesmaids and decided to move in together. While living together, the two received complaints from neighbors for singing Annie showtunes too loudly.

2. Kristen Wiig and Chris O'Dowd bonded over several rounds of "Would you rather?" while on set.

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In an interview, O'Dowd said there was so much improv necessary for their scenes together that the two decided to play the game. One of the rounds included, "Would you rather have a nipple growing on the end of your nose or a tooth growing out of your cheek?"

3. The scene where all the ladies meet at the engagement party is mostly improvised.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays Rita, has said all of the scenes were filmed scripted, but some allowed the ladies to show their improv skills. Kristen Wiig has added that director Paul Feig told them before shooting the scene to "just talk."

5. The film wasn't originally supposed to be about a wedding.

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Wiig has said in earlier stages of the script, there wasn't a wedding in it at all: "We just wanted to write a fun script where our friends would come in and play and write something that had a lot of women in it."

6. Any Vegas scenes were removed from the film because of The Hangover.

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Producer Judd Apatow said that The Hangover "did Vegas just as well as any film was going to do it", although before the film was even released, critics were calling it "The Hangover for girls."

8. The engagement party scene was inspired by an actual experience had by co-writer Annie Mumolo.

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Mumolo, who plays the anxiety-filled woman sitting next to Annie during the plane scene, said, "My friend's engagement party was at this beautiful country club. My car had both rearview mirrors duct-taped on. ... I remember sitting there thinking that this was this great divide between where I was headed and where my friend was headed."

10. Bridesmaids was Jill Clayburgh's last film.

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The talented actress, who plays Annie's hilarious mom, passed away the year before the film's release, and several of her dirty joke scenes were cut from the film, to better preserve her memory.

11. Rose Byrne had to learn Thai for her engagement party speech.

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During an improv session for the scene, she pretended to speak Thai, and the producers loved it. When they later found out that she was just making up words, they made her learn the actual phonetics of some Thai words before she included it in the film.

14. Melissa McCarthy says she based her character on Guy Fieri.

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You read that right. GUY. FIERI. She said he was the first person she thought of when she saw the script: "I wanted to do the shirt ... Every scene I would have my glasses on the back of my head."

17. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo said writing the script took "several years."

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They began writing it in 2006 (the film was released in 2011). Mumolo said they spent most of the time "getting into the heads" of each of the characters, based on experiences they both have had in their lives.

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