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    20 Behind-The-Scenes Facts From "Bridget Jones's Diary" That You May Not Have Known

    "I like you very much. Just as you are.”

    Ding-dong! Bridget Jones’s Diary, one of the most definitive romantic comedies of the early aughts, is officially turning 20!

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    Directed by Sharon Maguire, the movie came out in the United States on April 13, 2001.

    It’s been a minute since the lovably awkward Bridget Jones first graced us with her candid thoughts.

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    Yes, Bridget is messy, and some moments in the film feel wildly inappropriate today (cough, everything with Daniel Cleaver). Still, Bridget undoubtedly left a mark on rom-com history as we know it, emerging as a precursor to characters like Fleabag and Issa Dee.

    In recent years, the film's stars have continued to make the rounds in pop culture. Renée Zellweger recently won an Oscar for Judy, Hugh Grant terrified us in The Undoing, and Colin Firth has been costarring in the Kingsman movies.

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    Grant and Zellweger are actually still friends!

    To celebrate one of the most seminal rom-coms of all time turning the big 2-0, let’s go through some fun behind-the-scenes facts about Bridget Jones’s Diary!

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    Grab your favorite Ben & Jerry's pint and blanket, Bridget Jones style!

    1. Maguire sent out a knitting challenge to between 20 and 30 knitters to get Mark's ugly Christmas sweater just right.

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    Fun fact: It's a moose, not a reindeer.

    2. Besides perfecting an English accent (she’s Texan), Zellweger actually worked as a publishing assistant to get into the role and later invited her boss to be an extra in the launch party scene.

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    3. The fight scene between Mark and Daniel was totally not choreographed.

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    They initially brought in a stunt coordinator, but Maguire thought their impromptu moves were funnier.

    4. Flying through the window, however, required stunt doubles.

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    The production team used sugar glass and shot the moment in one take!

    5. The fight scene was supposed to be sexy.

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    "There had been an earlier idea to make the fight look sexy. We were going to be buff and our shirts were going to be ripped off. I looked at myself and said, 'You’re certainly never going to get that type with me,'" Firth explained to the Los Angeles Times.

    6. The Greek restaurant where they shot the fight scene was actually a fake one, but the public tried to book tables there!

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    7. Bridget Jones’s Diary novelist Helen Fielding asked Salman Rushdie, who's a friend, to cameo in the movie.

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    "Do you know...where the toilets are?"

    8. The snowy scenes at the beginning and end of the movie were inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life.

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    Maguire wanted to give the movie a fairy-tale feel and sense of cinema.

    9. But snow was fake because the production team actually filmed in the summer.

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    But Bridget and Mark's chemistry is real.

    10. Another artificial-snow fact: The production team filmed Bridget’s family home in the village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, which they covered in fake snow.

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    Yes, it's a holiday movie.

    11. Since production didn't lock down the filming area, Zellweger very much ran out in the street without her pants in the closing scene — while buses and people were out and about.

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    12. The ciggies that Bridget popped were actually herbal ones.

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    It's called movie magic!

    13. Bridget’s friend Jude crying in the bathroom might remind you of a certain Harry Potter character. Shirley Henderson, who plays Jude, actually portrays Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets.

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    14. The pole scene took place at the tallest firefighter’s pole in London — Zellweger was suspended by wires and had the support of a stuntperson in wide shots.

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    15. Her landing onto the camera almost didn't make it into the movie, though. At first, the crew didn’t film Bridget sliding down onto the camera — but Zellweger herself found a random pole, gathered the camera crew, and slid down onto the camera.

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    16. Wine experts actually blamed the decline of chardonnay sales on Bridget Jones.

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    Apparently, people didn't want to drink it anymore because Bridget drank it in a lovelorn state...but she later chose vodka!

    17. The publishing house where Bridget works is called Pemberley Press — Pemberley is Mr. Darcy’s estate in Pride and Prejudice.

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    A modern-day take on Pride and Prejudice, the movie actually makes tons of references to the Jane Austen novel. Obviously, Mark is Mr. Darcy, and Daniel is George Wickham.

    18. Fielding started Bridget Jones as a column in the Independent about single life before penning the novel.

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    She didn't want to write as herself, so she created an imaginary character.

    19. That said, some characters in the book and movie are based on people in Fielding's life. Shazza is based on Maguire, and Jude was inspired by journalist Tracey MacLeod.

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    20. The Darcy estate is filmed at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, where Gosford Park and Kingsman: The Secret Service were also shot!

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    It's the perfect setting for Bridget to confess her feelings to Mark, no?

    Here's a toast to Bridget Jones, whom we love just as she is. Let us know which adorably awkward Bridget Jones moment is your favorite in the comments below!

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