Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978 - and must have done wonders for sales of black spandex and hair gel!
You remember all the words to ‘Greased Lightning’, still have a crush on Danny Zuko and know exactly what a ‘hickey from Kenickie’ means, but here are a few things you may not have known about the musical masterpiece Grease…
1. Did you know that a famous fan theory suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife?! Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar brought everyone’s attention to it again recently when she tweeted her surprise at the shocking theory:
This video explains the theory in a little more detail…
2. There’s a really obvious blooper during the ‘sleepover scene’ at Frenchie’s house! After Sandy is handed the bottle of wine to drink and Frenchie offers to pierce her ears, the camera snaps back to Rizzo and Jan, with Jan holding the bottle of wine, and then back again to Sandy – where she’s still holding the same bottle of wine – whoops!
See for yourself, and re-watch the famous scene here…
3. Elvis Presley was actually offered a role, thought to be The Guardian Angel in the ‘Beauty School Dropout’ scene. Now that would have been brilliant!!
4. Sandy’s big number, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ was written, recorded and filmed AFTER the movie was wrapped up. Apparently the film’s producers felt they need a powerful ballad. Consequently the song received an Oscar nomination, so they were right!
5. During the movie’s entire shoot the cast reportedly chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubble gum! Wow!
6. They were supposed to be playing school kids but the cast member were far from teenagers. In addition to John Travolta being 23, Olivia Newton-John was 28 and Stockard Channing was 33! WHAAAAT!
7. Henry Winkler – the Fonz from Happy Days – was originally offered the role of Danny Zuko but apparently turned it down for fear of being typecast…slicked back hair? Check. Leather jacket? Check. Yeah Henry, we can see why!
8. John Travolta was really star struck when he first met Olivia Newton-John! He was quite an unknown actor then and was a HUGE fan of Olivia’s! Sweet!
9. So, it turns out Kenikie, played by Jeff Conaway, was a bit of a method actor. As a result, the infamous ‘hickey from Kenickie’ was totally real! Stockard Channing, who played Rizzo, revealed in an interview that Jeff insisted on applying them himself.
10. Jeff Conaway actually played Danny Zuko in the stage version of Grease before being cast as Kenickie for the film.
11. Sandy’s infamous black pants in the final scene were so tight the zip broke! As a result, she had to be sewn in to the trousers. We’ve all been there, love!
12. In ‘Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,’ there’s a famous line about Elvis Presley. Weirdly the scene was filmed on 16th August 1977 – the day that Elvis died.
13. Finally, did you know that to capitalise on Olivia Newton-John’s popularity in the film her character’s background was changed to accommodate her Australian accent? So, Sandy went from being an American teenager to a foreign transfer student!