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 were actual drag performers. The New York scene in particular featured several big names in drag: RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Candis Cayne, Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lady Catiria, etc.
  • 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 the road map after being blown off by her mother, as Chi-Chi wonders how they'll get to LA. And when the car breaks down, they have no idea where they are. Had the movie been a little more contemporary, the girls would have most likely had smartphones with Google Maps, or a standalone GPS.
  • 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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