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    26 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About "Crazy Rich Asians" That'll Make You Want To Rewatch It

    Henry Golding's honeymoon got cut short when he had to fly out for a screen test with Constance Wu.

    1. The author of Crazy Rich Asians (which the film is based on), Kevin Kwan, actually has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo during the "who is Rachel Chu?!" montage.

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    Also, in case you didn't know, there are actually THREE books in the series!

    2. The cast had a dumpling-making party the first evening they arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

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    The party served as an icebreaker and to learn the skill they’d need for the dumpling scene.

    3. This is Henry Golding's (Nick Young) first movie.

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    He actually comes from a broadcast background where he did investigatory travel shows.

    4. And he actually turned down auditioning for the role of Nick Young several times.

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    He told The View, “I was like, 'OMG, [this role] is for someone else who is gonna bring their A-game, who’s a legitimate actor.'”

    5. In fact, an accountant told director Jon M. Chu about a "good-looking gentleman" he’d seen on a travel show, so he began ~stalking~ Henry on his social media accounts.

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    Henry was surprised when Chu started following him on Instagram and didn’t have a clue what it could mean.

    6. Henry had to cut his honeymoon short after the studio required him and Constance’s to fly out for a screen test.

    7. Once word got out that the film was being made, luxury designers “clamored” for the stars to wear their clothes.

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    A Tokyo executive for Ralph Lauren in Asia sent the film’s costume designer, Mary Vogt, a huge box of 30 dresses just for consideration.

    8. And Michelle Yeoh even loaned “hefty” jewelry pieces from her own personal collection to the film.

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    9. Mary Vogt custom designed Araminta’s gold wedding dress and bachelorette body suit.

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    And they were then made by local Malaysian dressmaker Carven Ong.

    10. The halter dress Peik Lin loans Rachel for the party (the "disco Cleopatra" look) is by Missoni.

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    And it originally retailed for $950.

    11. While the blue dress she wears to the wedding is by Marchesa.

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    Marchesa actually loaned this Cinderella-inspired gown to the film.

    12. Awkwafina admitted that she wanted to steal the wig that she wore.

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    She said, “You know why I wanted to take the wig? I wanted to grab it and throw it out the window.”

    13. The film’s production designer, Nelson Coates, told Architectural Digest that the location where the Young's estate was filmed was “filled with monkey feces” before production took over.

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    The Young ancestral family estate was filmed at two abandoned mansions in a real 19th century estate called Tyersall Park.

    14. The lavish wedding scene in the film was modeled after author Kwan’s personal experiences.

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    He told the South China Morning Post, “Outrageously extravagant Asian society weddings can take place across three different continents in a week.”

    15. Kwan was going through a very dark period in his life when he started writing Crazy Rich Asians, and he would keep a Post-It note on his computer that said, "Joy."

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    Jon Chu stated in an episode of Keep It that the entire crew who worked on the movie had the same Post-It on their computers and, if you look close enough, you may be able to spot a few in the movie.

    16. And the Mahjong scene toward the end of the film, which isn't in the book, is a nod to The Joy Luck Club.

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    The Joy Luck Club was released in 1993 and was the last major Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast — 25 years ago.

    17. That amazing 3-towered hotel featured in the movie is a REAL hotel!

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    It’s called the Marina Bay Sands, which is famous for the world's largest rooftop Infinity Pool, which we saw at the end of CRA.

    18. Awkwafina and Ken Jeong got along so well they had a short-hand on set playing off each other's comedic senses.

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    The funniest father-daughter team in movie history?

    19. The film’s screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim worked on the script in separate places, sending it back and forth to each other.

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    They said it ”was like having shared custody of a child.”

    20. Awkwafina stated that Jon Chu really trusted all the actors on set and let them improv some of the scenes, like the “bak bak” one between Rachel and Peik Lin.

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    Which explains why Rachel does it in the trailer, and Peik does it in the actual movie!

    21. When Awkwafina’s grandmother saw the trailer for CRA, she thought Awkwafina was being herself on screen.

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    She told the star, "You’re not even acting. It’s just you.”

    22. Director Jon Chu knew the film would be a watershed moment, but he didn’t realize how personally affected he’d be by it.

    Oh wow. The eve of the release of #CrazyRichAsians . I never thought we’d get here...😳...Whatever happens just know that we all came together and once we have each other there is nothing we can’t achieve... #GoldOpen

    He told The Root that he and the cast cried nearly every day on set when rewatching scenes. “It was emotional, cathartic.”

    23. And Awkwafina kept crying on her way to the premiere because she realized how impactful the movie would be.

    Thank you guys for believing in Awkwafina.


    24. Netflix actually tried to buy the rights to all three Crazy Rich Asians books in a bidding war...

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    Kwan and the filmmakers turned down a “gigantic, life-changing money and a three-picture deal from Netflix because they wanted a theatrical release.” They explained that they wanted “a traditional cinematic experience for fans to see it in communal environments rather than sitting in front of a TV.”

    25. ...but Warner Bros. ended up winning the rights — and, very interestingly, is run by Kevin Tsujihara, who is the first (and only) person of Asian descent to run a major Hollywood studio.

    26. And finally, the entire cast and crew got along so incredibly well they created a WhatsApp group to stay in touch.

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