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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Anne Hathaway mentioned having a retainer when she was younger, that gave her trouble speaking. So Garry Marshall wrote the retainer scene in, and had Anne bring her old one.
    • It was also Anne's idea to be wearing a pore strip on her nose when Michael visits Mia at her house, and for the brush to break in her hair as she's getting her makeover.
  • Career Resurrection: Julie Andrews had dropped off the radar for a while, especially after a botched surgery left her without the use of her famous singing voice. The success of this put her back in the public eye, giving her film career a second wind. She enjoyed a new image—of a Cool Old Lady occasionally Adam Westing her more famous roles. Big roles in the Shrek and Despicable Me franchises followed.
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  • The Cast Showoff: Mandy Moore (in the first movie) and Julie Andrews and Raven-Symoné (in the second) all get to show off their vocals.
  • Creator In-Joke: When Mia drops something at the state dinner, a waiter says "it happens all the time". The same actor played a waiter in Pretty Woman, also directed by Garry Marshall.
  • The Danza: Many of the students and teachers in the first film are named after their actors, some with slight variations. For example, Joe Unitas plays Coach Joe Ewe.
  • Dawson Casting: Just about. Anne Hathaway was eighteen playing a fifteen-year-old who turns sixteen. Heather Matarazzo was the same age, and Mandy Moore was sixteen.
  • Defictionalization: Of a sorts—Heather Matarazzo now runs a podcast called "Shut Up and Listen", like Lilly's show.
  • Focus Group Ending: The film was originally going to end with Mia simply agreeing to fly to Genovia, but Garry Marshall's granddaughter wanted to actually see the castle. So Disney bought stock footage of a European castle with the Genovia flag added in.
  • Franchise Killer: Julie Andrews said a third movie was planned, but the critical disappointment of the second put a halt to those plans. Anne Hathaway was also thought to be too old to reprise her role as Mia. A third film was again announced in 2016, but shelved once again upon Garry Marshall's death.
    • Though according to Julie Andrews and Meg Cabot, the film may still happen as a Tribute to Marshall.
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  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailers for the sequel contained a reaction shot for Mia when Clarisse says "shut up!" in the courtroom ("Grandma said shut up?") that doesn't appear in the film.
  • No Stunt Double: Julie Andrews performed her own stunt in the mattress-surfing scene in the sequel.
  • One-Take Wonder: The sequel's song, "Your Crowning Glory", was the first time Julie Andrews had sung in public, or on-screen since she had throat surgery in 1997. She reportedly nailed the song on the first take, and brought tears to the eyes of the crew present.
  • Playing Against Type: Mandy Moore as an Alpha Bitch.
  • Production Posse: Garry Marshall had directed Hector Elizondo, Kathleen Marshall, Patrick Richwood and Larry Miller in Pretty Woman.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Charlotte is played by Kathleen Marshall, who is Garry Marshall's daughter. His son has a cameo as a photographer when Mia is exposed at school.
    • The director's twin granddaughters Lily and Charlotte appear asking Mia for autographs.
    • Anne Hathaway's father appears as Mia's deceased father in the picture. Her mother appears as a choir director in the sequel.
    • Hector Elizondo's granddaughter plays the Prime Minister's daughter who complains "I'm not allowed to go to the party."
    • Julie Andrews's granddaughter Hannah plays one of the princesses mattress surfing in the sequel.
    • Brother and sister Spencer and Abigail Breslin have small roles in the sequel; Spencer as Prince Jacques and Abigail as Carolina, an orphan girl in the parade.
  • Star-Making Role: Everyone instantly knew who Anne Hathaway was after this.
  • Throw It In!:
    • When Mia accidentally sets fire to a man's arm at the state dinner, the flames were supposed to go out when he put his arm in the ice bucket. They didn't, Anne Hathaway panicked and threw water on him. The take is used in the final film.
    • When Mia and Lilly are talking on the basketball court bleachers, Mia slips and falls. That was Anne actually slipping then staying in character, along with Heather Matarazzo's (and possibly Hector Elizondo's) real reaction to the fall.
    • Late in the sequel, when Mia and Andrew kiss, we cut to a shot of a goat... One that moos like a cow. According to the DVD Commentary, this was accidental, but kept in because such a thing, in Julie Andrews' words, would be okay in Genovia.
    • The relationship between Joe and Queen Clarisse was a throw-in by mutual agreement between Julie Andrews and Hector Elizondo, who felt that a romance between people over 50 was important to tell. When the sequel came around, it became a major plot point.
    • During production, the filmmakers found that cutting to Charlotte for a reaction shot was a good way to end several scenes. So in the credits, she's billed as 'Charlotte Kutaway'.
  • What Could Have Been: Jessica Alba, Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Juliette Lewis, Eva Mendes, Alyssa Milano, Brittany Murphy, Christina Ricci, Alicia Silverstone, Tiffani Thiessen and Reese Witherspoon were all considered for the role of Mia, but turned it down. According to Anne Hathaway, the favourite choice before she was cast was Liv Tyler.


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