17 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "My Cousin Vinny"
Everything that guy just said is bullshit.
1. The screenwriter's first choice for Vinny Gambini was Robert DeNiro.
At the time, DeNiro was known for his serious roles, and, according to screenwriter Dale Launer, the studio president didn't think he'd be able to carry a comedy. (Funny now, considering the success of the Meet the Parents franchise.)
2. Joe Pesci drew on memories of different men from his old New Jersey neighborhood for his performance as Vinny.
3. The famous "yutes" scene was included after Joe Pesci and director Jonathan Lynn had an almost identical exchange — Lynn being unable to understand what Pesci was trying to say.
4. Director Jonathan Lynn got an M.A. in law from Cambridge University, and therefore insisted on the movie's legal accuracy.
5. He also sat in on a murder trial in Monticello, Georgia, as part of his research.
7. Vinny was originally supposed to be a bag man for the mob.
Launer told Abnormal Use, "He was supposed to be a big tough guy who seemed a little dopey, but he’s not dopey."
8. He's also supposed to be dyslexic.
9. Marisa's iconic "biological clock" scene wasn't in the first draft of the script.
13. The prison scenes were shot in a real prison, and in the scene where Stan and Bill are walking to their cells, those are real prisoners shouting at them.
14. In 1998, Joe Pesci released an album in character, called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You.
15. Director Jonathan Lynn has said that the movie, despite being a comedy, is primarily about "how wrong capital punishment is."
16. A screenplay for a sequel exists, but chances of it going into production are slim.
17. Super fans can take a My Cousin Vinny road trip around Georgia and see some of the filming locations — including the recently renovated Sac-O-Suds convenience store.
The blog "Road Trip Memories" tells you exactly where to go to see Sac-O-Suds, Monticello town square, the courthouse, and more.