18 Facts About The "Spy Kids" Movies That'll Make You Say, "Oh, Shiitake Mushrooms"
Sylvester Stallone signed on because his kids loved the franchise!
Director Robert Rodriguez recently revealed that he had to fight with the studio to allow the film to center on a Latino family.
Alexa and Daryl knew each other way before Spy Kids — Alexa met Daryl when he was only 3.
And because they worked so closely together for a lot of their childhood, they genuinely had a sibling relationship.
Robert Rodriguez came up with the idea for the "Thumb Thumbs" when he was only 13 years old.
Juni's full name — Juni Rocket Racer Rebel Cortez — is a tribute to Robert Rodriguez's children: Rocket, Racer, and Rebel.
Daryl Sabara actually took ballet from ages 3 to 11, which is why he danced in Spy Kids 2.
Robert Rodriguez explained that a lot of the original Spy Kids script ended up making it into Spy Kids 2 instead.
Because Alexa and Daryl were so young, there was a "fun coordinator" hired for them — they would have silly string fights and water balloon fights on set.
Antonio Banderas considered the films fun and a "way to have some quality time with my dear friend Robert Rodriguez," declaring Alexa and Daryl as the "true stars" of the franchise.
Gerti and Gary Giggles — aka Emily Osment and Matt O'Leary — are still in touch. Emily has even said that she'd "absolutely" do a Spy Kids reunion. (Fingers crossed!)
Jessica Alba inadvertently inspired Robert Rodriguez to make a fourth Spy Kids film while on the set of their film, Machete.
Sylvester Stallone agreed to play The Toymaker in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over because his kids were huge fans of the franchise.
And Alexa Vega was adorably nervous that she would accidentally sing the Rocky theme song around him.
Selena Gomez's first role was in Spy Kids 3-D as Waterpark Girl.
Demi Lovato read for a role in Spy Kids 3-D, and while she didn't land it, director Robert Rodriguez remembered it so well that he wrote her a part on the TV show From Dusk Till Dawn.
Also, Brie Larson recently revealed she auditioned for Spy Kids, but didn't book it.
Alexa's son, Ocean, is now old enough to watch Spy Kids — but, according to Alexa, he prefers The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Finally, both Alexa and Daryl kept trinkets from the sets that they still display in their homes after all these years — Daryl has one of his outfits framed, and Alexa kept one of hers as well.
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