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15 Random Facts About '90s Movies That You Might Be Able To Impress People With

Whitney Houston was NEVER supposed to sing "I Will Always Love You"!

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1. Harrison Ford turned down the role of Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park.

According to the film's director, Steven Spielberg, Ford was his first choice to play the role.
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According to the film's director, Steven Spielberg, Ford was his first choice to play the role.

2. Originally, Beauty and the Beast was envisioned as a darker, more dramatic, non-musical adaption; it also took place in 18th-century France.

After watching a 20-minute reel of sketches set with temporary vocals that outlined the story, then-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg, decided to kill that version and start over.
Disney

After watching a 20-minute reel of sketches set with temporary vocals that outlined the story, then-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg, decided to kill that version and start over.

3. In Forrest Gump, Kurt Russell provided the voice of Elvis Presley.

Russell (who had actually played Elvis in a 1979 made-for-TV movie) did the voicing as a favor for the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, and was uncredited for the part.
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Russell (who had actually played Elvis in a 1979 made-for-TV movie) did the voicing as a favor for the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, and was uncredited for the part.

4. Jodie Foster had to really fight for the role of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. The film's director, Jonathan Demme, didn't think she could play a convincing FBI agent and instead wanted to cast Michelle Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer ended up passing on the role 'cause she felt it was too dark. And, of course, Foster won her second Oscar for her performance.
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Pfeiffer ended up passing on the role 'cause she felt it was too dark. And, of course, Foster won her second Oscar for her performance.

5. In Toy Story, Woody was originally going to be a ventriloquist’s dummy and the villain of the movie.

The script featuring a villainous Woody was changed after Disney hated it.
Disney Pixar

The script featuring a villainous Woody was changed after Disney hated it.

6. Whitney Houston was originally supposed to sing a cover of Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" as the main theme song for The Bodyguard.

Sony Music

The song was switched after they found out that Paul Young was doing a cover of the song for the soundtrack to Fried Green Tomatoes. Kevin Costner then suggested that it should be "I Will Always Love You."

7. There wasn't supposed to be any snow in Home Alone, but after a blizzard hit on the second day of filming it forced the filmmakers to add snow to all the other scenes for continuity.

The movie actually didn't have the budget for fake snow.
20th Century Fox

The movie actually didn't have the budget for fake snow.

8. David Bowie was the first choice to play Max Schreck in Batman Returns, while Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman/Selina Kyle before having to drop out of the film.

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Bowie turned down the role so that he could appear as Agent Phillip Jeffries in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (a role he was going to reprise in Showtime's reboot, before his death). Bening was forced to drop out after she found out she was pregnant and was replaced by Michelle Pfeiffer.

9. Lauryn Hill auditioned to play Dionne in Clueless.

Hill even read with Donald Faison (who played Murray), and knew he was right for the role. She told him, "I’m not sure it’s going to work for me, but I think you’ve got a really good shot at getting it."
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Hill even read with Donald Faison (who played Murray), and knew he was right for the role. She told him, "I’m not sure it’s going to work for me, but I think you’ve got a really good shot at getting it."

10. The iconic scene in Pretty Woman where Richard Gere snaps the jewelry box lid shut on Julia Roberts' fingers was completely improvised without her knowledge, and her reaction is genuine.

Disney

The scene was actually filmed on Roberts' 21st birthday.

11. Russell Crowe, Samuel L. Jackson, and the legendary Sean Connery all turned down the chance to play Morpheus in The Matrix.

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Connery was actually the first choice for the role.

12. The classic scene where Robin Williams' character, Daniel, hides his face in the cake frosting in Mrs. Doubtfire took over 50 takes to get right.

20th Century Fox

The scene where a bit of icing falls into the tea was actually an accident, but was kept in the film.

13. The original title of Scream was Scary Movie — it was changed after Harvey Weinstein heard the Michael Jackson song "Scream" and thought it was better name.

Dimension Films

The title was changed before the movie began production.

14. During the filming of Titanic, 50 crew members, including actor Bill Paxton and the film's director, James Cameron, were hospitalized after eating lobster chowder spiked with PCP.

FTR, the film's stars' Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were not among the people who ate the chowder.
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FTR, the film's stars' Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were not among the people who ate the chowder.

15. In Friday they actually say "Bye Felisha!" NOT "Bye Felicia!"

New Line Cinema

As Rolling Stone magazine pointed out, "The character's name is actually spelled Felisha in the film."

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