10 Swoony Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Our Beloved Rom Coms

Who doesn’t love a great rom-com? Whether you’re satisfied with your life or recently heartbroken, rom-coms are supposed to be an indescribable joy for anyone, anytime. Or even as time flies, people are hungry as ever for banter, meet-cutes, and happy ending. If someone says to you that they don’t include, they are certainly a liar. It may also surprise you to know how many iconic scenes in the movies are entirely improvised by actors. What’s more, without them, we probably don’t find out “global treasures” like Sandra or Hugh Grant.
Like other genres, romantic comedies have an abundance of fun facts. From behind-the-scenes drama to hidden Easter eggs in the background, most movies are filled with juicy tidbits to make viewers’ watching experience more interesting. We’ve gathered some behind-the-scenes facts about rom coms that certainly blow your mind.

#1 Ryan Gosling was cast in “The Notebook” because he “wasn’t handsome”

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While many actors get the roles because of their beauty, in a certain case, it isn’t true for Ryan Gosling. “The Notebook” director Nick Cassavetes stood in his backyard and said that he wanted Ryan to portray the lead role because he wasn’t enough handsome or cool, he looked a bit nuts.

#2 Drew Barrymore asked Adam Sandler to star in “50 First Dates”

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Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunited in the movie “50 First Dates”. Drew Barrymore loves making movies with her friend Adam, so she wrote him a letter to ask him to play the leading role with him. The actor had no reason to refuse.

#3 Helen Fielding wrote “Bridget Jones’s Diary” because she was too embarrassed to write about herself

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The 2001 romantic comedy film, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, is about an average woman named Bridge Jones struggling with her problems in her life such as her age, weight, job, and so on. In fact, Helen Fielding was asked to write about single life in London but she wasn’t ready to reveal it. She decided to write it under the name of a fictional character.

#4 “Pretty Woman” is a Disney movie

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It’s so strange to hear that Disney company owns a romantic comedy. In fact, the script of “Pretty Woman” was sold to Disney. Finally, the movie became one of Disney’s most successful and iconic R-rated releases.

#5 “The Proposal” is set in Alaska but was actually filmed in Massachusetts

Source: © The Proposal / Touchstone Pictures and co-producers

Many scenes of “The Proposal” is set in Sitka, Alaska, which is actually Massachusetts. Sitka’s surroundings were skillfully imitated in Essex Country with the help of props and effects.

#6 Everyone improvised apart from Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

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While the cast was asked to improvise during filming, Jim Carrey expressed felt frustrated “Why are they improvising? You told me the opposite!”

#7 Marilyn Monroe was supposed to play Holly Golightly

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Because of Marilyn Monroe’s behavior, the actress didn’t get the role in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. The novel’s writer was disappointed with the decision. She believed the actress absolutely fitted the part because she had similar life stories to the character.

#8 Keira Knightley was only 17 years old at the time of filming “Love, Actually”

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Keira Knightley and Thomas Brodie-Sangster both played pivotal roles in “Love, Actually”. Many thought that they had a big age gap, but were only 4 years apart. During filming, she was 17 and he was 13.

#9 Mark Ruffalo almost turned down the role because of the dance in 13 Going on 30

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Due to the lack of dancing experience, Mark Ruffalo was totally embarrassed when filming the dancing scene. The actor almost turned down the role.

#10 Ashton Kutcher could have been Patrick Verona

Source: © 10 Things I Hate About You / Touchstone Pictures and co-producers, Dee Cercone / East News

Ashton Kutcher could’ve portrayed the role of Patrick Verona in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”, but eventually, Heath Ledger got the role. Heath Ledger perfectly conveyed the character and his accent was so special.
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