29 Movies That Are Turning The Big 2-0 In 2017
Yes, these movies were released two decades ago and not 10 years ago (although it may feel like it).
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
New Line Cinema
Fun fact: Though the film was a moderate success in the theaters, it actually became a HUGE success and achieved cult-classic status when it was released on VHS.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Fun fact: Michael Crichton, who wrote the novel Jurassic Park, which the first movie is based on, was persuaded by Steven Spielberg to write another book, The Lost World, so that there could be a sequel to the movie. Crichton even brought back the character of Ian Malcolm, despite the fact that he had killed him in the original novel.
Fun fact: The script for the movie was turned down nine times before it was picked up by producer Brian Grazer.
Star Wars: Special Editions Original Trilogy
Fun fact: The movies were given updates and re-released to movie theaters to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original Star Wars. Both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back had not been re-released in theaters since 1982, while Return of the Jedi hadn't been re-released since 1985.
Men in Black
Fun fact: Chris O'Donnell turned down the role of Agent J, which then, of course, went to Will Smith.
My Best Friend's Wedding
Fun fact: Rupert Everett's character, George, tested so well with preview audiences that the producers went back and re-shot new scenes, and added a new ending in order to give him more screen time.
Tomorrow Never Dies
Fun fact: Monica Bellucci was almost cast as Paris Carver, but the role ended up going to Terri Hatcher. Bellucci did get a chance to be a Bond girl 18 years later in 2015's Spectre.
Air Force One
Fun fact: Kevin Costner was originally attached to play President James Marshall, but he was unable to star in the film because of scheduling issues. Costner told producers he would walk away from the project ONLY if they cast Harrison Ford in the role.
As Good as It Gets
Fun fact: In one of her very first movie roles, Maya Rudolph played a cop in the film.
The Fifth Element
Fun fact: Prince was originally supposed to play Ruby Rhod, but had to walk away from the project because of his touring schedule — so the role went to Chris Tucker.
Grosse Pointe Blank
Fun fact: Although the movie takes place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, it was filmed entirely in Los Angeles. Only half a day was filmed in Michigan, and that was just to get aerial shots.
Batman & Robin
Fun fact: The film's director, Joel Schumacher, began working on the next as soon as he finished wrapping Batman film Batman & Robin. The movie would've been titled Batman Triumphant and would have featured Scarecrow as the villain — it was also scheduled for a 1999 release. After the poor critical and box office reception of Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. canceled the sequel.
Fun fact: Miramax originally wanted Kevin Smith to cast Drew Barrymore, Jon Stewart, and David Schwimmer in the lead roles.
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Fun facts: The movie is actually a bit of a spinoff from a 1988 comedic play titled — in which Romy and Michele appear as minor characters. Lisa Kudrow actually originated the role of Michele when the play premiered. Ladies' Room
Fun fact: All the food seen in movie was actually pretty gross in real life. The burger meat was old and the fries were soggy from sitting around too long. They also didn't use real ice cream — it was shortening with food coloring — and the milk poured into cereal was actually Elmer's Glue (so that the corn flakes wouldn't get soggy).
Speed 2: Cruise Control
20th Century Fox
Fun fact: Keanu Reeves chose not return for the sequel because he hated the script and did not want to make another action film. Instead he decided to star in The Devil’s Advocate.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Fun fact: The scene where Jennifer Love Hewitt yelled on the streets was actually thought up by a young horror movie fan who got to come on set and tell the actors what to do.
Fun fact: They tried to create a TV spinoff of the film. In fact, a pilot was filmed in 2003 starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Vincennes.
20th Century Fox
Fun fact: Because Vanessa Williams, Nia Long, and Vivica Fox were all attached to other film projects, the entire movie was shot in just a little over a month (36 days to be exact) to accommodate their schedules.
Fun fact: The late Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has a small cameo in the film as a blind biology teacher.
Fun fact: Pam Grier was originally up for the role of Jody in Pulp Fiction (which eventually went to Rosanna Arquette), and while she didn't get the part, Quentin Tarantino wrote with her in mind for the title role. Jackie Brown
20th Century Fox
Fun fact: Kirsten Dunst provided the voice for young Anastasia, while Lacey Chabert provided her singing voice.
Fun fact: Alicia Silverstone was originally offered the role of Cici Cooper, but after she turned it down, it then went to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Good Will Hunting
Fun fact: According to Minnie Driver, Harvey Weinstein did not want her for the role of Skylar because, "I wasn't sexy enough, I wasn't cute enough, and I wasn't Gwyneth Paltrow enough." Driver went on to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.
Fun fact: The Spice Girls were offered the chance to record one the songs sung by the Muses for the soundtrack. They ultimately passed because of scheduling issues.
Fun fact: Before its release many people projected that the movie would be a HUGE flop. This assumption came from the fact the movie had a troubled production and a ballooning budget, and that it moved its 4th of July weekend release date to the end of the year. Obviously that was not the case as Titanic became the highest-grossing movie of all time (till 2009, when Avatar was released).
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