Our favourite movie moments and My Best Friend’s Wedding Trivia!
This month marks a very important date in the retro rom-com calendar. No, not the anniversary of Jonny and Baby’s daring lift in Dirty Dancing, or Julia Robert and Richard Gere’s sizzling chemistry in Pretty Woman. This month marks 20 years since another smash-hit Julia Roberts film premiered.
On June 20th, 1997, My Best Friend’s wedding first hit the screens and took audiences by storm. Featuring Roberts as a career woman who only realizes she is totally in love after it’s too late, the bitter-sweet movie takes audiences on the roller-coaster plan Roberts puts in place to win her best friend’s heart before he gets married (to Cameron Diaz, no less).
So, from the infamous cover of ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ to the epic chase scene at the end of the film, we’re celebrating the 20th birthday of this much-loved movie with 9 things you may never have known about My Best Friend’s Wedding….until now!
My Best Friend’s Wedding Trivia:
Best of the bunch
Whilst the directors were sure they wanted Julia Roberts for the part of ‘Jules’, the auditioned a number of other actors for the roles of her best friend Michael and his fiancé Kimberly. It’s reported that after reading with both actors, Roberts personally hand-picked both Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz for the parts in the film.
An alternative ending
Originally, the film was going to end with an uplifting moment from Jules and a glimpse into what might be to come for her. In the scene she could be seen watching Michael and Kimberly leave the wedding reception, before she meets a man (played by John Corbett). However, this ending did not test well with audiences and because people loved Rupert Everett’s character George so much, a different ending was filmed that included George instead.
A lot of the scenes in the movie take place outside, whether that be on the streets of Chicago, at a baseball game, or at various airports and train stations around the city. All of these scenes were filmed on location – which came with many challenges! One of the biggest challenges for the cast and crew were the vast crowds that the filming drew around where they were shooting. Huge numbers of the general public would stop and watch the filming or shout out to Julia Roberts to get her attention, meaning scenes often had to be re-shot to cut the unwanted ‘extras’ out of the background.
From the moment I make-up
Eagle-eyed fans of the film have spotted a continuity error during the scene which shows the brunch the morning of Michael and Kimmy’s wedding. At the beginning of the scene, Jules’ eyeliner under her bottom lashes is darker and more defined than in the very next shot taken. Her make-up is lighter and more natural looking immediately in the next scene. Whoops!
Did you know that both Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney decided to bring their dogs to the set in Chicago? They took walks together with their pups when they had time off. Cute!
It’s not the first time Julia’s pup has accompanied her on set either. Here she is with her dog again on the set of Mona Lisa Smile.