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Feb 25, 2017

18 Facts You'll Want To Know About Classic '00s Movies

Honestly, now all I wanna see is Clint Eastwood playing Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.

1. Rachel McAdam’s wig in Mean Girls was made of human hair.

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According to Rajiv Surendra, who played Kevin G., the wig cost around $10,000.

2. After watching the dailies for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney executives thought Johnny Depp was ruining the movie with his performance.

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According to Depp, they were confused as to whether he was playing him as a gay character or if he was supposed to be drunk.

3. Whitney Houston was one of the producers of The Princess Diaries.

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Houston produced the movie and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, through her production company Brownhouse Productions.

4. Christian Bale screen tested for Batman Begins in one of the old Batsuits created for Val Kilmer for 1995's Batman Forever.

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Also, Bale performed his screen test opposite Amy Adams — who did the screen test as a favor to the producers.

5. Irish actor Stuart Townsend was originally cast as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, but was fired by the film's director, Peter Jackson, one day before filming started.

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Viggo Mortensen, who of course replaced Townsend, agreed to take the role after his son told him to do it.

6. Gabrielle Union agreed to star in Bring It On after she was passed on for a role in Sugar & Spice.

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According to Union, the producers of Sugar & Spice did not want to make any of the characters black.

7. The idea for The 40-Year-Old Virgin came from a sketch Steve Carell created while at Chicago's Second City.

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Carell pitched the idea to Judd Apatow and then co-wrote the film with him.

8. NSYNC's Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick were extras (as Jedi) in two scenes of Star Wars: Episode II. Their scenes were ultimately cut from the movie.

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According to Fatone, the band was asked to do the cameo because the daughters of George Lucas and the film's producer, Rick McCallum, were fans of the band.

9. In order to play the role of Effie in Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson was told to gain 20 pounds and get lip injections.

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Prior to being cast, Hudson had lost a considerable amount of weight. While the lip injections were necessary to correct a small dent in her lips that was affecting the lighting.

10. Juno’s hamburger phone was actually a prize possession that belonged to the movie’s screenwriter, Diablo Cody.

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After the movie's release eBay saw 759% increase in hamburger phone sales.

11. Leonardo DiCaprio was interested in playing Christian in Moulin Rouge!, but the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, quashed the idea after hearing him sing.

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20th Century Fox

DiCaprio told Variety that he sang "Lean on Me" for Luhrmann and that after hearing him sing the high note Luhrmann turned to him and said, "Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue."

12. Beyoncé was Disney's first choice to voice Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, but she reportedly lost out on the role because she refused to audition.

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Disney

According to Jen Rudin, who did the voice casting for the film, other celebs that wanted the role were Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys.

13. Scottish actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine in X-Men, but after the movie he was working on at the time, Mission: Impossible II, went overschedule he was replaced by Hugh Jackman.

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Funny enough, at the time, hardcore fans of the comics were not thrilled that Jackman had replaced Scott, they thought he was "too tall and handsome for the role."

14. Sofia Coppola, who wrote and directed Lost In Translation, still has no idea what Bill Murray whispered into Scarlett Johansson's ear at the end of the movie.

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According to Coppola that line was ad-libbed.

15. Megan Mullally was fired from a role in Finding Nemo because she refused to use the high-pitched voice she used for her Will & Grace character, Karen Walker.

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Mullally said that when she signed for the role, Disney Pixar had agreed to let her use any voice she wanted.

16. Spider-Man 3's writer-director, Sam Raimi, was very unhappy with how the film turned out and was planning on making a fourth film to make up for it, and to end the franchise on a high note.

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Unfortunately, Rami could not get the script together in time and Sony decided to just reboot the films.

17. The late Alan Rickman — who had hazel eyes — would wear black contact lenses for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

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Warner Bros.

Originally producers tried to make Daniel Radcliffe's blue eyes green (like Harry's) in the Sorcerer's Stone by having him wear colored contacts. But he ended up being allergic to them and so they decided to leave them blue.

18. Meryl Streep's performance as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada was partially inspired by Clint Eastwood.

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Streep told Variety, "The voice I got from Clint Eastwood. He never, ever, ever raises his voice and everyone has to lean in to listen, and he is automatically the most powerful person in the room."

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