Can you believe 1990 was nearly 28 years ago? The '90s was the decade of plaid, platform sneakers, and some really great movies.
So if you think you're a movie buff and that your movie knowledge is superior to all, this one is for you. We bet you don't know these 11 trivia facts about these great '90s films.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
Julia Stiles’s tears, when she read the poem in 10 Things I Hate About You, were completely real and completely unplanned. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Stiles revealed she was overcome by emotion while shooting that scene.
The actress says that when she first read the scene, she just read it, but when they were shooting, she became overwhelmed, saying she’s not sure “whether it connected to something going on at the time, or if I was just overwhelmed by the whole experience of making my first big movie.”
2. Waiting To Exhale
According to IMDB, in Waiting To Exhale, Bernadine’s monologue during the car burning scene was completely improvised by Angela Bassett.
In the debate scene from Clueless, Alicia Silverstone didn’t know how to correctly pronounce “Haitians”, but writer/director Amy Heckerling told Daily Beast that she liked it so much that she told the cast and crew not to correct her and kept it in the final edit of the film.
4. Pretty Woman
The necklace that Edward (Richard Gere) gives to Vivian (Julia Roberts) in Pretty Woman was worth $250 000 (R3.7 million) at the time and there was an armed security guard who escorted it from the jewellery store standing behind director Garry Marshall when it was used for filming. Also, the cute moment between the two where Edward pretends to “bite” Vivian with the jewellery box was improvised by Richard Gere and Julia’s reaction was completely real.
5. While You Were Sleeping
The movie While You Were Sleeping was originally very different. According to IMDB, the original screenplay was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé, but studio execs felt it was “too predatory” so they reversed the roles.
6. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is based on Terry McMillan’s novel of the same name, which is based on the author’s real life. Terry, who is now 64, met her former husband Jonathan Plummer, who is now 41, when she was on vacation in Jamaica and their whirlwind romance inspired her. Unfortunately, Terry and Jonathan didn’t have a happily ever after ending as Jonathan revealed he was gay after 6 and a half years of marriage. The two were involved in a rather ugly divorce battle and then both appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss their divorce and the media frenzy that ensued. They have since forgiven each other and while they’re not very close, they are still friends.
7. Forrest Gump
The nude scene in Titanic, you know, the one where Rose says “paint me like one of your French girls”, was the very first scene Leo and Kate shot together. Leo apparently walked into Kate’s dressing room while she was having her makeup done for the scene and she was completely nude. He was shocked, but she said they would spend the day with her being nude anyway, so she approached it with a “we might as well get over it now” attitude.
9. American Beauty
Thora Birch was just 17 when shooting the American Beauty scene where Jane takes off her top for her neighbour Ricky Fitts. Being a minor at the time, she needed explicit permission from her parents, who along with child labour representatives, had to be on set while the scene was shot.
10. Notting Hill
Even though the interiors were shot on a soundstage, the house with the blue door in Notting Hill was real, as screenwriter Richard Curtis owned it. After the film became such a massive hit, he sold the house for a nice profit. The new owners eventually got sick of all the attention the blue door was getting and it was auctioned off for charity. The door was eventually replaced by a black door.
11. The Craft
According to Mental Floss, some weird stuff went down on the set of The Craft, especially during the ritual scene on the beach. Fairuza Balk, who played Nancy, got sick before filming and when they went back to the beach the lights went out during filming and the altar got washed away. Plus, when the actresses would start with the invocation, the surf would rise and it would go down when they stopped. Spooky.
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