Trivia / Bridget Jones

  • Actor Allusion: Firth vs. Darcy. Also Bridget's boss, when she gets a news reporter job was played by Neil Pearson, whose portrayal is exactly the same as his role of Dave in Drop the Dead Donkey.
  • Creator Killer: Beeban Kidron, who directed the second film and had directed many cult comedies beforehand, hasn't had another theatrically released film in the years since, with her subsequent work being almost entirely in documentaries.
  • The Danza: Gemma Jones shares the same last name as her character Pam.
  • Dawson Casting: Rebecca in the 2nd film, one of the points about her is that she's a decade younger than Bridget at 22, but she is portrayed by Jacinda Barrett and is separated from Renee Zellweger by a 3 year age difference.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Zellweger gained something like two and a half stone (that's 30 pounds to Americans) for the role. (And then lost it again to do Chicago. And then put it back on again to do The Edge of Reason. Brave girl.)
  • Fake Brit: There was a certain amount of outcry when it was announced that Bridget, the "quintessential" modern Englishwoman (with an Irish first name and a Welsh second name), would be played by Texan Renee Zellweger. Then the film came out and some people started to think she was secretly from Britain. (She also received an Oscar nom for the film.)
  • No Export for You: There are several deleted scenes from both films that aren't included in the American DVD releases, some scenes were uploaded on You Tube but were then taken down from the site. All that remains for American viewers are the stills from the films.
  • The Other Darrin: For the films there were each two different actresses that portrayed Bridget's friend Magda and Mark's mother, the latter replacement couldn't be avoided due to the death of Mrs. Darcy's original portrayer between the films.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Gemma Jones played a meek mother in Sense and Sensibility. Here, she's the egomaniacal expy of Mrs. Bennett.
    • Hugh Grant as a less-dashing, more lechery love interest, not to mention the Wrong Guy First. According to Fielding, this is much closer to his actual personality anyway.
  • Playing Gertrude: Celia Imrie first played the 60 year old Una Alconbury when she was pushing 50, she was in fact the youngest of most of the actors portraying Bridget/Marks' parents' peer group.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Jacinda Barrett (Rebecca Gillies, Mark's assistant and Bridget's secret admirer) said in a featurette for the second film that when she viewed the the 1st film, she wanted to have a beer with them along with looking up to Renee Zellweger.
  • Troubled Production: The second film's production wasn't massively troubled per se, but was hampered my many disagreements between director Beeban Kidron and the actors, to the point where executive producer Richard Curtis reportedly had to step in several times to smooth things out, and essentially took over from Kidron in the editing room. It also suffered from a botched released strategy in the U.S., where it was initially released on a limited number of screens and greatly expanded the following week, only for poor word-of-mouth and reviews to cause it to quickly sink without trace.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Write What You Know: Fielding herself based Bridget and her diary entries, not only on Pride and Prejudice, but also the habits and diaries of her friends and herself. For the 3rd book, she like Bridget has grade-school children whilst in her early fifties.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Shazzer is based on Fielding's friend Sharon Maguire, who directed the first and third films. She did not play herself.
    • There are several other characters based on people associated with Fielding, Scott Wallacker is based on her son's teacher.
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