25 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Romantic Comedies

Updated on August 27, 2018
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Rachel M. Johnson is a lover of all things pop culture. She's been writing about music and entertainment online for over two years.

Romantic comedies hold a special place in our hearts. Many of these films have become beloved classics that we continue to watch again and again. Let's take a look at some fun and surprising facts about the most iconic romantic comedies.


1. Titanic's most iconic line was actually improvised. When Leonardo DiCaprio stood at the end of the ship during filming, he improvised his line by exclaiming, "I'm the king of the world!" Director James Cameron liked DiCaprio's line so much he decided to keep it in the film, and it remains one of the most iconic expressions from the movie.

2. In the 80s classic Pretty in Pink, Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Duckie (Jon Cryer) were originally supposed to end up together. Actor Robert Downey Jr. was also in talks to star as Duckie at the time, but the role went to Jon Cryer and the ending changed. Of the switch-up, Cryer had said, "Molly dropped the bomb that she would've been fine with the original ending if Robert Downey Jr. had played Duckie, but since it was me, she just couldn't see it."

3. Meg Ryan actually didn't own a computer prior to making You've Got Mail. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actress said, "I got my first computer when I did that movie. I think that the company gave us a computer."

4. Julia Roberts turned down the lead in Sleepless in Seattle. Roberts had been offered the role but was unable to do it. In a 2014 interview with InStyle, she had expressed, "[Meg Ryan] and Tom Hanks are just such a jewel fit in that. I guess what they did for that moment in time is sort of what Richard [Gere] and I were doing across town (in 1990s Pretty Woman), you know?"

5. Cameron Diaz was worried about the "hair gel scene" in There's Something About Mary. She feared audiences would be disgusted by the gag, and feared her career could be ruined. However, during a test screening of the film viewers were laughing hysterically at the scene, and Diaz became comfortable with it.

"I'm the king of the world!"
"I'm the king of the world!" | Source
Jon Cryer & Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink.
Jon Cryer & Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. | Source
Cameron Diaz in the infamous "hair gel scene."
Cameron Diaz in the infamous "hair gel scene." | Source

6. Dustin Hoffman's cameo in The Holiday wasn't actually scripted. During filming, he was driving by the Blockbuster and decided to go inside and see what was going on.

7. In Clueless, Alicia Silverstone didn't actually know how to pronounce "Haitians", and the director asked that no one correct her.

8. The writer of Silver Linings Playbook actually imagined Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel portraying the leads, but the roles ultimately went to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

9. It was Meg Ryan's idea to fake an orgasm in a public place for the infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally. Billy Crystal came up with the scene's classic punchline: "I'll have what she's having."

10. When Julia Stiles cried while reading her poem in 10 Things I Hate About You, the tears were actually real and weren't planned. On the emotional outburst, the actress had said, "I don't know why I did, 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."

Alicia Silverstone in Clueless.
Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. | Source
Vince Vaughn & Zooey Deschanel almost starred as the leads in Silver Linings Playbook.
Vince Vaughn & Zooey Deschanel almost starred as the leads in Silver Linings Playbook. | Source
Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You.
Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. | Source

11. Steve Carrell's chest hair is actually being ripped out during the waxing scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, in order to get the most realistic reaction. The movie was also almost pulled a week into filming, because the studio worried Carrell looked like a serial killer in some of the scenes shot so far.

12. The famous fight between Hugh Grant and Colin firth in Bridget Jones's Diary was completely improvised. Writer Denise Martin recalled the non-choreographed spar, saying, "No stunt coordinators. No elaborate choreography. Just a perfectly realized wimp brawl between two upper-middle-class Englishmen coming to awkward fisticuffs in front of a Greek restaurant."

13. Ghost and Pretty Woman helped rejuvenate romantic films and made them more viable. A 1990 article in New York Times had read, "The success of Ghost and Pretty Woman has revitalized the romantic comedy, a genre that in recent years had become less appealing to Hollywood studios intent on making blockbuster action-adventure films."

14. My Big Fat Greek Wedding made a whopping $241,438,208 in U.S. theaters, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history. With a budget of just $5 million, it became a sleeper hit and is one of the most profitable movies of all time.

15. During filming of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Kate Hudson was actually quite the improviser. It was Hudson's idea to throw the crudite at the guys during the boys' night scene. She told the director she planning to do it but didn't tell the cast.

Steve Carrell in the infamous hair-waxing scene.
Steve Carrell in the infamous hair-waxing scene. | Source
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth's fight scene.
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth's fight scene. | Source
Kate Hudson's improv skills.
Kate Hudson's improv skills. | Source

16. In 13 Going On 30, Mark Ruffalo almost turned down the role of Matty because he didn't want to do the dance scene. The actor had admitted, "The dancing was horrible! I almost didn't want to do this movie. I literally read it and I'm like, 'I can't do this movie. I can't get up and do those scenes.'" Thankfully, co-star Jennifer Garner got Ruffalo up on the dance floor, and they filmed the iconic dance scene.

17. Sweet Home Alabama (2002) was the first move to be filmed in the jewelry store Tiffany's since 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's!

18. Unlike most romantic comedies, there was no sex scene in The Wedding Singer. During an interview with Conan O'Brien, star Adam Sandler had said, "The main reason for not having a sex scene is I'm not good at sex. I started when I was pretty young and I was always like, you'll get better. And I got older and it's still not good."

19. To prepare for the film Some Like It Hot, stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon decided to test out their costumes and makeup in the women's washroom on the studio lot. When no one batted an eye at their appearance, they knew they could pass as real women to an audience.

20. For her role in The Princess Bride, Robin Wright barely needed any dialect coaching for Buttercup's English accent. Though born in Texas, the actress' father is British.

The iconic "Thriller" dance scene.
The iconic "Thriller" dance scene. | Source
Sweet Home Alabama's Tiffany's proposal.
Sweet Home Alabama's Tiffany's proposal. | Source
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag.
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag. | Source

21. Marilyn Monroe was Breakfast at Tiffany's writer Truman Capote's first pick to play Holly Golightly, but her acting coach Lee Strasberg advised against playing a "lady of the evening." The role ultimately went to Audrey Hepburn, a move that infuriated Capote. Of the choice, he had said, "Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey."

22. Anne Hathaway was originally cast as the female lead Alison in Knocked Up. She dropped out because Hathaway didn't want director Judd Apatow to use real footage of a woman giving birth to create the illusion that she was giving birth.

23. John Cusack almost didn't star in the cult classic Say Anything. The then 23-year-old actor had grown tired of doing teen movies, and was ready to move on to adult roles. Director Cameron Crowe expressed, "He told me he never wanted to graduate again in a film. He said he had graduated, like, six times already." However, co-star John Mahoney encouraged Cusack to read the script, and he quickly fell in love with the character Lloyd.

24. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel wrote the Dracula musical years before the release of the movie. When he played it for director Judd Apatow, he had said, "You can't play this for anyone, ever."

25. It took producers two years to cast the role of Bridget Jones. Among the other actresses considered were Rachel Weisz (who was deemed "too beautiful") and Kate Winslet (who at 24 was thought to be too young). When Renee Zellweger was cast, many Brits were outraged. However, with the help of a dialect coach, Zellweger went undercover as a publicist trainee and successfully passed as a local.

Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn.
Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn. | Source
John Cusack in Say Anything.
John Cusack in Say Anything. | Source
The Dracula scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
The Dracula scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. | Source
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones.
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones. | Source

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