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    12 Facts About "Mrs. Doubtfire" That Are Actually Quite Surprising

    "You’ve got your cream and your sugar now.”

    1. The film is based on an English novel.

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    Madame Doubtfire, written by Anne Fine, was published in 1987. The book received several awards and was later adapted into the film, Mrs. Doubtfire.

    2. Tim Allen turned down two leading roles in the film.

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    Tim Allen was offered the role as Mrs. Doubtfire as well as the role of Stu, but he turned down both roles.

    3. Stu was originally an arrogant villain.

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    The original script listed Stu as an arrogant villain, but the director, Chris Columbus felt it was more appropriate for Stu to resemble a father figure to Miranda's kids.

    4. At six years old, Mara Wilson made her acting debut in Mrs. Doubtfire.

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    The child actress went on to play several other roles including features in A Time to Heal, Miracle on 34th Street, A Simple Wish and more.

    5. Lisa Jakub was expelled from school for taking several months off to film Mrs. Doubtfire.

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    Lisa Jakub opened up about the letter Robin Williams addressed to her high school principal, requesting that she be admitted back into the classroom.

    6. Robin Williams' own son didn't recognize him in the Mrs. Doubtfire costume.

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    Director Chris Columbus and Robin Williams tested the believability of Mrs. Doubtfire, but Williams' own son didn't even recognize him until hearing his voice.

    7. The hilarious scene when Mrs. Doubtfire's icing falls from her cake mask and drips into Mrs. Sellner’s tea was not scripted.

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    Because it was so hot on set, the icing unintentionally dripped from Robin Williams’ chin and into the tea cup. He continued on improvising by saying to Mrs. Sellner, “There you go, you’ve got your cream and your sugar now.”

    8. Another hilarious blooper was when Mrs. Doubtfire’s dentures fell into her glass during the birthday dinner scene.

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    In this scene, Mrs. Doubtfire says, “Carpe Dentum…seize the teeth," which was completely unscripted as it referenced one of Robin Williams' lines from Dead Poets Society, “Carpe Diem…seize the day."

    9. The opening animated scene of Mrs. Doubtfire was directed by Chuck Jones.

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    The legendary animator/filmmaker Chuck Jones is best known for his work on Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and the opening of Mrs. Doubtfire. Later, the full version of Pudgy Parakeet and Grunge the Cat was released as a DVD feature.

    10. The film was shot entirely in San Francisco.

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    The iconic 2640 Steiner Street house in Pacific Heights is the actual house where scenes from Mrs. Doubtfire were filmed. After the passing of Robin Williams, the landmark became a memorial where fans of the actor left flowers, photographs, and letters.

    11. There was supposed to be a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel.

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    Screenwriter David Berenbaum had permission to work on Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but the sequel was cancelled following Robin Williams' tragic death.

    12. There's still a chance that the film will be turned into a musical.

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    In early 2015, Alan Menken announced that he was in the early stages of working on a musical adaptation of the movie. In May 2016, however, he announced that the project had stalled out a bit.