With a lot of fun and style, Unsuspecting won the hearts of a generation and became one of the most popular coming-of-age comedies of all time. But even if you’re a total Betty or Baldwin, you probably don’t know all the juicy details behind it Unsuspectingwhich was released on July 19, 1995.
1. Unsuspecting is today’s Jane Austen.
Author and director Amy Heckerling found her inspiration for Cher’s hobbling love journey from Austen’s classic 1815 novel Emma. “I remembered reading Emma in college and was impressed by how much it reminded me of old TV shows Gidget“Heckerling said Weekly entertainment. “There is something so fundamental about it.”
2nd Unsuspecting Director Amy Heckerling studied real Beverly Hills high school.
Heckerling wanted to turn their combination of Emma and Gidget in the area of a Beverly Hills High School, which she imagined as a “hyperpastel-colored fantasy place”. In order to create the film’s absolutely quotable dialogue, Heckerling attended classes to get a feel for how teenagers spoke in the 90s. But Cher’s classic “As if!” actually came from the lesbian community. “Each outsider group will create their own language – whether gay, black, captive or taxi driver,” said Heckerling. “You just have to be ready to open your ears and listen.”
3. The wrong pronunciation of the “Haitians” in Unsuspecting everything was Alicia Silverstone.
You know how Cher gathers for America to open its borders to the Haiti-Ans? The script was “Haitian” and Silverstone made an honest mistake. But before the producers could reach them and correct them, Heckerling asked them to let them go. “I had to stop her,” she recalls. “It was a lot funnier than she said. That was Cher.”
4. Reese Witherspoon could have played Cher Horowitz Unsuspecting.
Witherspoon already had some film roles to thank The man in the moon, a distant place, and Jack the bear. Silverstone had only that Lolitalike horror movie The swarm on her feature filmography. But without the studio’s pressure to cast stars, Heckerling was free to choose the ingénue that she believed had “the Marilyn Monroe thing” that “a vague idea in my mind of Cher as pretty, sweet.” Caught the blonde who, although it’s the American ideal, people still like it a lot. “
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar was offered the role of Cher Horowitz in Unsuspecting.
But the eventual Buffy the vampire butcher star had to reject it because of schedule conflicts All of my children, on which she appeared from 1993 to 1995 and played Kendall Hart Lang.
6. Alicia Silverstone has Aerosmith to thank for her role in Unsuspecting.
Heckerlings casting director threw Silverstone for Cher for the first time, based on her performance in The swarm. But Heckerling wanted this fascinating blonde girl from the music video for Aerosmith’s “Cryin”. Fortunately for Silverstone, she was one and the same. She went on to make two more Aerosmith videos, “Amazing” and “Crazy”.
7. Unsuspecting started Alicia Silverstone’s film career.
Yes, she was on the rise with her role The swarm and their growing fame from the Aerosmith videos. But it was Unsuspecting and its evolving cult status that made Silverstone a household name.
8. Paul Rudd wanted to play Christian … or Murray.
Although he was ultimately cast as Cher’s clever step-brother Josh, Rudd initially wanted to portray Christian. He was fascinated by a Hollywood script with the character of a “cool gay kid”. When that didn’t work, he asked to audition for Murray, a role that was ultimately given to Donald Faison. Rudd told Weekly entertainment“I thought he was some kind of fun hip hop wannabe. I didn’t know the character was African American.”
9. Jeremy Renner might have been subject to Cher’s affection.
Renner auditioned for the roles of Christian and Josh, but lost to Justin Walker and Paul Rudd.
10. Many big stars have auditioned Unsuspecting.
With so many characters to cast and little budget to brag about, casting calls spread throughout young (and then unknown) Hollywood. Terrence Howard and Lauryn Hill read for Murray and Dionne, respectively. Owen Wilson tried it out for Travis. Leah Remini auditioned for Tai, while Zooey Deschanel went out for both Amber and Cher.
11. Brittany Murphy was actually the virgin who couldn’t drive.
Looking back at Unsuspecting and his legacy, the late Murphy recalled, “It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since this film. I was really a virgin who couldn’t drive. I lived in an apartment in the valley with my mother – and “Remember to see these huge billboards all over the city from us. It was incredible!”
12th UnsuspectingThe sucking and blowing scene required some film magic.
While “Suck and Blow” might have looked like a fun and sexy party game, shooting was indeed a pain. It turned out that the cast was unable to suck or blow well enough for the game to work with an actual credit card. So a cardboard prop card was brought. When this failed, a generous amount of ChapStick was applied to the actor’s lips to make the card stick. Less sexy now, right?
13. The golden girls Paid tribute.
At the 1996 MTV Movie Awards Unsuspecting was faked by Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White from The golden girls. It was a fitting homage to these funny ladies metaphorically passing the torch on to a new group of keen comedic performers.
14. Cher has no idea about the many clues that Christian is gay.
Aside from his total lack of interest in messing with Cher, Christian’s identity as “Dorothy’s friend” is consistently provided with various clues. For example, he suggests on the movie night Some like it hot and SpartacusThe former is a film about men’s cross-dressing, which probably ends with the creation of a gay connection. The latter includes a scene in which Laurence Olivier’s character tries to seduce Tony Curtis. Christian is also seen reading junkie by William S. Burroughs, a celebrated and gay American writer. Finally, Cher’s chances of romance with Christian are outlined in his intro, with a headline on a blackboard next to him, “On The Road To Nowhere”. A lot hard.
15. Amy Heckerling has one Unsuspecting Miniature.
Blink and you’ll miss her, but UnsuspectingThe author and director got stuck in the last scene at the wedding of Mr. Hall and Miss Geist. She is one of the underage bridesmaids fighting Cher for the bouquet.
16. Unsuspecting is part of an unofficial trilogy.
Heckerling is known for her forays into coming-of-age stories: the first was her directorial debut, the popular comedy from 1982 Fast times at Ridgemont High. Unsuspecting The Jason Biggs front followed in 1995 loser In 2000, each comedy not only focused on teenagers, but also aimed at capturing the youthful zeitgeist of their ages in a way that made them accessible and cool for all ages. Obviously some worked better than others.
17. Jeremy Sisto tried to kill Alicia Silverstone (in a movie).
That’s true. Just before production started Unsuspecting, Sisto (who played Elton) and Silverstone starred in Hiding place, a thriller in which Sisto plays a devil-worshiping murderer who follows Silverstone’s character. Sisto would audition for later Titanic. Of course we all know that he lost to Leonardo DiCaprio, but his screen test survived:
18th Suburgatory featured a Unsuspecting Reunion.
From 2011 to 2014 Sisto was part of the sitcom Suburgatorywhere he had the opportunity to reconnect with a couple Unsuspecting Occupation. Heckerling directed an episode of the series titled “Victor Ha”. And in 2012 Silverstone had a four-episode arc as Eden, an ex-girlfriend of Sisto’s character.
19. Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone have teamed up for a vampire comedy.
In 2012 Heckerling and Silverstone brought their own reunion to the cinemas Vamps, a rom com about two sexy vampire ladies with love problems. Unfortunately, the film didn’t go well. It flopped at the box office and was only $ 3,361, and reviews were mixed.
20. UnsuspectingMr. Hall was based on two real teachers.
To play the debate teacher Mr. Hall, Wallace Shawn drew from his own experience after being a professional teacher before going full-time to acting. But Shawn’s character got its name from Herb Hall, the actual debate teacher at a Beverly Hills high school at the time. The real hall was a friend of Heckerling and was allowed to appear in Unsuspecting as headmaster.
21. Unsuspecting was originally opened as a TV series.
No, it wasn’t the TV spin-off of the popular film. In the early 90s, 20th Century Fox bought a sitcom about cool teenagers (not nerds). So Heckerling she threw up Do not worrythat she had finally fathered Unsuspecting Producer / Miss Geist, Twink Caplan. But Fox feared that nobody would be interested in a show with so many girls, so Heckerling went back to the drawing board and reshaped their characters into a script with early drafts I was a teenager and Unsuspecting in California.
22. Unsuspecting finally returned to television.
A year after the film opened, the Unsuspecting TV show was revived. Rachel Blanchard joined Silverstone as Cher, while Elisa Donovan, Donald Faison and Stacey Dash repeated their roles as Amber, Murray and Dionne. The series ran over three seasons and was completed in 1999.