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    23 "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Facts That'll Make You Say "OMG, What?!"

    Captain Holt's "hot damn" was completely improvised!

    1. First, Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti went to elementary school together β€” in fact, Chelsea had a crush on Andy growing up.

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    2. Stephanie Beatriz originally auditioned for the role of Amy Santiago β€” she and Melissa Fumero were being considered at the same time.

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    Stephanie was then invited to audition for the role of Megan, who was later turned into Rosa Diaz.

    3. Part of the audition process for each of the characters involved being able to improv with Andy Samberg.


    4. The cast has a special method for getting the funniest material out of every scene β€” they film what's scripted a few times and then they improvise that same scene. Whatever gets the biggest laughs makes the final cut.


    5. In fact, Captain Holt's iconic "hot damn" moment was completely improvised by Andre Braugher.


    6. Rosa's bisexuality storyline was based, in part, on Stephanie Beatriz's own life experiences.


    7. Gina Rodriguez gave up her vacation to appear in the episode about Rosa's bisexuality and shot all of her scenes in a single day.


    At San Diego Comic Con 2018, Stephanie Beatriz said, "What you guys don't know is that it takes five days for us to shoot an episode and [Gina] did all her takes in one day. She literally gave up her vacation to come do it."

    8. Andy Samberg's first job in TV was as a production assistant on the show Spin City β€” Brooklyn Nine-Nine now films on the same lot.

    9. Melissa Fumero was a professional dancer until her late twenties, in fact one of her first jobs was teaching a ballet class.

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    10. Terry Crews's first job was drawing courtroom sketches for the worst murder case in Flint, Michigan's history β€” he was just 18 years old.


    11. In fact, before he started acting or playing football, Terry sent his sketches to Disney in hopes of landing a job.

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    12. When creator Mike Schur first pitched the show, there was a bidding war for it between the four major networks for it.

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    The show initially landed at Fox, but will come back on NBC after being cancelled in 2018.

    13. The cast was approached about the project without there being a script β€” simply knowing that the project was from the creators of Parks and Recreation was enough.


    14. The cast had to undergo police and firearms safety training before filming began on the series.


    15. During long days of filming, Terry Crews would scream "Nine Nine!" in order to get the cast excited β€” the chant was later written into the series.


    16. Also, Andy Samberg would say "cool cool cool cool cool" between takes to make the cast laugh β€” the writers then made it one of Jake's signature catchphrases.


    17. During the cold open when Boyle told everyone about the oldest woman he had slept with, Andy couldn't keep a straight face while filming, so his genuine reaction made the final cut.


    18. Chelsea Peretti said one of the hardest scenes to get through without laughing was when when Captain Holt was boring the squad at the beach house.


    She said, "I couldn't do it. He was saying the most boring things, but when you're trying to look was so hard."

    19. The "title of your sex tape" joke is something that the cast consistently does whenever they're together, on and off screen.


    20. Andre Braugher counts how many times he breaks character while filming every season β€” during Season 3 he broke 13 times, his record at the time.


    21. When Jake and Rosa end up in jail, they actually filmed in an abandoned jail outside of Los Angeles.


    22. The voice that says "Fremulon" during Brooklyn Nine-Nine's closing credits is Nick Offerman.


    23. Finally, some of the props that are used on Brooklyn Nine-Nine are actually old props from Parks and Recreation.

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