10 things you didn’t know about the movie
Released in 2011, steamy comedy Bridesmaids recently hit a decade of making people around the world laugh. With evergreen performances from a stellar cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne and Wendi McLendon-Covey, Annie’s unhappy life and her unfortunate tenure as bridesmaid for Lillian was peppered with very hilarious one-liners and weird antics for fans to enjoy.
The film was not only entertaining on screen, but there was also a lot going on behind the scenes. Famous actors were filmed but left on the floor of the editing room, the nationalities of the characters changed over the course of production and this scene (everyone knows which one) was not unanimously approved by all team members. Find out what was behind the curtain of Bridesmaids.
This was Kristen Wiig’s first lead role.
Despite being hilarious in supporting roles in A romantic date, and lends his voice to How to train your dragon and Despicable Me, Kristen Wiig hadn’t landed the lead role in any film before Bridesmaids.
Her performance as Annie in the film was so seasoned that you’d think she was used to directing movies all the time, but it was the first time she carried a movie on her shoulders, with d other fantastic actors. After that, Wiig had an illustrious career starring in many varieties, not just comedy.
Her performance in Knocked Up resulted in bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig played a minor role as Jill, an annoying middle manager in Judd Apatow’s knocked up, which completely impressed Apatow. According to the wall street journal, Wiig caught Apatow’s attention with her great performance in the supporting role, and he ended up asking her to write a movie that he would produce and star in.
Thus, Kristen Wiig wrote the screenplay for Bridesmaids with Annie Mumolo, and it ended up being nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. Apatow made a calculated move that paid off in spades.
Apatow added the epic puking scene
One of the funniest scenes in Bridesmaids is the food poisoning scene, where Lillian’s dress fitting goes terribly wrong because of some funky Brazilian steaks the gang ate earlier.
Kristen Wiig was vocal how much she hated the puking scene, “When people say, ‘Oh, we’re going to give more female-centric films a chance,’ you don’t read the fine print, that is” Oh, but they have to be like that. They want to see women act like guys.” She hadn’t written it and it was later added by Apatow, much to Wiig’s annoyance.
Paul Rudd had scenes in the movie
Everyone’s favorite leading man, Paul Rudd, was scripted into Bridesmaids, and he also filmed his scenes which were later cut to keep the film more succinct and easier for audiences to follow.
According to Paul Feig in Weekly entertainment, “Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo wrote Paul Rudd the very specific role of a blind date gone crazy. Producer Judd Apatow convinced him to spend the day dumping his body on a rink, running around the tray like a deranged fool and swearing at little children.” It’s a shame viewers missed it.
Kristen Wiig turned down a sequel
The cast had been in talks on a Bridesmaids sequel or spin-off at different times, and it deserved one, but it will forever remain a dream. Several actors, including Wendi McLendon-Covey and Wiig herself, flatly denied any possibility.
According to American weekly, Kristen Wiig said “”It was not a difficult decision. We knew during the first, that was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life. â
Matt Damon was scripted initially
Hollywood idol Matt Damon was supposed to be in Bridesmaids. Wiig and Mumolo had written it into a fantasy scene in Annie’s mind while shopping for clothes, but it was deemed too out of touch with the film, so that scene was scrapped before it could be filmed.
According to Feig “There was a sequence that Kristen and Annie had written, which was funny, but it (involved) trying on the dresses and then Kristen’s character had this fantasy of what she would do in that dress. It was really funny, but it was crazy: It was about running through the woods and suddenly Matt Damon appearsâ¦” The vomiting scene replaced this one.
Officer Rhodes was supposed to be American
Chris O’Dowd played Officer Rhodes, the extremely likeable police officer who had a soft spot for Annie, and he won hearts with his endearing character and performance as him. He was very popular with the public, but his original essays to the character implied an American accent.
However, everyone soon realized that his native Irish accent might work better with Rhodes’ sweet character, and it worked like a charm. He received marriage proposals via Twitter after the film’s release.
Melissa McCarthy based her character on Guy Fieri
Megan, played by Melissa McCarthy was an iconic character, and her very androgynous self was based on legendary Food Network chef Guy Fieri. In a talk show, she revealed, “When I first read it, the first person I thought of was Guy Fieri.”
With the Kangol hat, the bowling shirt, the hues that sometimes rose to the back of his head, the resemblance and the inspiration were obvious. She even tried to do her hair for the role.
Annie Mumolo made a short appearance
The film’s co-writer and Wiig’s partner Annie Mumolo originally had a larger role in the film, which was cut due to her sudden pregnancy news, according to IndieWire. However, that didn’t mean she couldn’t appear in the film at all.
The nervous girl on the plane who sat next to Annie in economy class was actually Mumolo, who played her part to the end.
It was supposed to be even weirder
Bridesmaids was one of a kind, and it spawned some amazing memes, but it was meant to be even more surreal and have more hijinks than it already does. The humor was meant to be much darker and much more absurd, according to Wiig and Mumolo.
They said, âWhen we ran to find Lillian, we were going to find a woman lying on the ground. We say to ourselves: “It’s Lillian, she’s dead!” And then we were like, “Oh wait, that’s not Lillian.” And then we keep running. It’s worth thinking about what the movie would have been like, then.
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