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. Besides obviously Ru Paul, 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.
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 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.