Trivia / To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

  • The Cast Showoff: Not only is John Leguizamo a comedian, but he regularly incorporates drag into his act, making his performance far more natural than the butch action stars Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze.
  • Cast the Expert: The drag queens in the two pageant scenes are actual drag performers. Besides obviously RuPaul, other well-known queens featured were Lady Bunny, Candis Cayne, Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, and Lady Catiria.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Before filming the scene in which Sheriff Dollard pulls the car over at the roadside, Patrick Swayze secretly placed a corn cob down the front of his underwear. Chris Penn's expression of shock upon putting his hand up Swayze's dress is not faked.
  • Hostility on the Set: Patrick Swayze grew weary of John Leguizamo endlessly joking between sets and barked at him to shut up, triggering an epic stare-down between the two men... while still in full costume. Swayze laughed about it afterward.
  • Old Shame: According to Patrick Swayze's memoir, Wesley Snipes hated his role so much, he burned Noxeema's costume as soon as shooting ended.
  • Playing Against Type: Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes as Drag Queens. Enough said.
  • Shown Their Work: The actors spent some time in New York City's drag scene to help get into their roles.
  • Technology Marches On: It's a big plot point when Vida ditches their road map early in the trip after being blown off by her mother, and Chi-Chi wonders how they'll get to LA without it. And when the car breaks down, they have no idea where they are. Had the movie come out twenty years later, they would have had smartphones with Google Maps.
  • Throw It In!: The real Julie Newmar showed up on set one day to watch filming, which led to her cameo appearance.
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