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9 Behind-The-Scenes Things You Might Not Know About "Can't Hardly Wait"

The cast recently reunited and dished all about what really went on behind-the-scenes with the Huntington Hills High Class of 1998.

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It's been 17 years since the cult teen classic Can't Hardly Wait first hit the big screen and introduced us to the Huntington Hills High Class of 1998. This past weekend, The Art of Elysium and Samsung reunited cast members Peter Facinelli (Mike Dexter), Jenna Elfman (the angel stripper), Eric Balfour (Steve, the hippie guy), Sean Patrick Thomas (Ben), Joel Michaely (Geoff, X-Phile No. 1), Steve Monroe (the headbanger), Jay Paulson (X-Phile No. 2), and Ethan Embry (Preston Meyers) for a special Q&A and screening of the film, where the cast not only reminisced about their memories of the film, but also shared a few tidbits about what went on behind the scenes during filming.

3. Charlie Korsmo was not the original choice for William Lichter — he actually replaced a 16-year-old actor who was cast in the role and was reportedly let go because he looked too young compared to the rest of the cast.

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According to Joel Michaely (Geoff, X-Phile No. 1), the original actor was fired by the producers at his high school and was told that he should probably go to Disneyland the next day to feel better.


5. Since the house was going to be destroyed throughout the movie, an exact replica of the entire house (including the backyard) was built in a sound studio in Santa Clarita, California.

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The original house is located in Altadena, California, and was used for exterior shots only.

6. The original cut of the film was R-rated because of the underage drinking. Afraid that would hurt it at the box office, producers cut most of the drinking scenes to get a PG-13 rating.

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According to Facinelli, producers told the rating board that the script actually had the kids drinking Coca-Cola out of the Solo cups and they were NOT supposed to represent beer.

7. One of the cuts was Jennifer Elise Cox -- who is best known for her ICONIC portrayal of Jan Brady in the Brady Bunch films -- who played a hilarious crying drunk girl.

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Also cut was Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Amber Benson, who played a character high on ecstasy.


9. Although he was playing a high schooler, Peter Facinelli was actually 23 years old at the time and the father to a 6-month-old baby.

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In fact, his baby scratched his cornea during filming. Facinelli said in one scene the director had to light only half his face so that the injury wouldn't be visible.

Watch the entire Q&A with the cast:

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The interview begins at the 34-minute mark.