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16 Things You Never Knew About The Greatest Movie Ever, "Hitch"

Will Smith as a smooth, charismatic date doctor = pure gold.

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1. Hitch’s college girlfriend Cressida is named after a character from a Shakespeare play.

In Troilus and Cressida, Cressida is the name of an unfaithful, deceitful individual as well.
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In Troilus and Cressida, Cressida is the name of an unfaithful, deceitful individual as well.

2. Cressida had more scenes in the movie than Hitch's flashback, but they were cut.

However, the DVD includes a deleted scene involving her.

3. There’ve been talks of a Hitch television series in development.

Unfortunately it has yet to come to fruition.
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4. Cameron Diaz was allegedly considered to be cast as Sara Melas.

However...
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However...

5. Will Smith revealed that Eva Mendes was eventually cast as Sara Melas, because the filmmakers didn’t want to cast a white or black actress.

Moviemakers feared that a black couple would be off-putting for the worldwide audience, while a white/black couple might offend viewers in the United States.
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Moviemakers feared that a black couple would be off-putting for the worldwide audience, while a white/black couple might offend viewers in the United States.

6. Paula Patton made her film debut in Hitch, playing Mandy.

In her scene, Hitch hands her a $20 bill, pretending to mistake her for a waitress, even though it’s just his clever excuse to talk to her.
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In her scene, Hitch hands her a $20 bill, pretending to mistake her for a waitress, even though it’s just his clever excuse to talk to her.

7. Alexander Skarsgård is seen in Hitch, but if you blink you might miss it.

His picture is shown in a tabloid magazine in which he’s Allegra Cole’s boyfriend who got caught cheating.
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His picture is shown in a tabloid magazine in which he’s Allegra Cole’s boyfriend who got caught cheating.

8. Hitch wasn’t Will Smith and Eva Mendes’ first time being involved in a project together.

Mendes was in the music video for Will Smith’s “Miami,” in a car mouthing the phrase “bienvenido a Miami.”
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Mendes was in the music video for Will Smith’s “Miami,” in a car mouthing the phrase “bienvenido a Miami.”

9. In the opening credits of Hitch, there’s a firehouse that’s actually the same one seen in Ghostbusters.

From the classic "You gotta try this pole," moment.
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From the classic "You gotta try this pole," moment.

10. The name Allegra Cole stems from a fictional celebrity who appeared in Esquire magazine named Allegra Coleman.

Ali Larter portrayed this character, who was described in scandalous satire writings that served as a publicity stunt.
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Ali Larter portrayed this character, who was described in scandalous satire writings that served as a publicity stunt.

11. Former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai was offered a role in Hitch.

The actress turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and is said to have turned down another offer to work with Will Smith not long after that.
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The actress turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and is said to have turned down another offer to work with Will Smith not long after that.

12. Before Albert and Hitch meet for the first time, Hitch is seen reading through some notes on Albert, which list his favorite movies.

The list includes Mannequin, Revenge of the Nerds, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Welcome to the Dollhouse.
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The list includes Mannequin, Revenge of the Nerds, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Welcome to the Dollhouse.

13. Also listed are some of Albert's favorite musicians.

That includes Led Zeppelin, Barry White, Celine Dion, and Clay Aiken.
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That includes Led Zeppelin, Barry White, Celine Dion, and Clay Aiken.

14. It’s widely rumored that Jennifer Lopez turned down the role of Sara Melas.

Starring in 2005's Monster-in-Law must've appealed more to Jenny from the block.
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Starring in 2005's Monster-in-Law must've appealed more to Jenny from the block.

15. Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice was all up in Hitch.

Remember Vance Munson, the guy Hitch meets with but refuses consultation to after finding out he's a scumbag? Yep, that's him.
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Remember Vance Munson, the guy Hitch meets with but refuses consultation to after finding out he's a scumbag? Yep, that's him.

16. Hitch is the third highest grossing romantic comedy of all time (but number one in our hearts).

That number only trails What Women Want ($182,811,707) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding ($241,438,208).
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That number only trails What Women Want ($182,811,707) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding ($241,438,208).

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