By: Annie Scaramuzzino
“On October 3, he asked me what day it was…”
For die-hard Mean Girls fans all over the globe, today is the anniversary of ‘Mean Girls Appreciation Day,’ and we have to celebrate!
So grab some Taco Bell (if you’re still eating carbs), cheese fries and maybe even a Toaster Strudel, tell your crush that their hair looks sexy pushed back, and remember that the limit does not exist, because here’s our list of the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mean Girls! So fetch!
1. The Original ‘Mean Girls’ Had No Story At All
Tina Fey based the film on the book, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman, though at the time, Fey didn’t realize that it was a self-help book with no narrative.
In a recent interview with The New York Times about the 10th anniversary of the film, Wiseman remembered, “People had called about turning it into a movie or a TV show, and I had no problem turning them down, because it was always something cheesy. They were trying to make it about me — ‘You’re so inspirational!’ Then Tina called. I didn’t know who she was — I had a new baby, I had a book coming out. I wasn’t watching ‘SNL.’ But I knew it was important to her that it was not going to be stupid.
Fey got her permission to write the screenplay, and the movie went on to bank more than $120 million in the box office worldwide.
2. Role Reversals
Originally, Lindsay Lohan was pegged to play ring leader Regina George, but Lohan and her reps didn’t want the teen actress to get a bad reputation from the role. She was later cast as ‘nice girl’ Cady Heron, while Rachel McAdams was brought in to play George.
Additionally, Amanda Seyfried was supposed to play Regina, though producer Lorne Michaels decided she was a much better fit for the ditzy Karen – a role for which Ashley Tisdale also tested.
Meanwhile, former child star Lacy Chabert was the one and only choice for Regina’s right-hand woman Gretchen Wieners and Fey is said to have cast Jonathan Bennett (and not James Franco) as Aaron Samuels because she thought that he looked like Jimmy Fallon.
3. She’s Not Just A Regular Mom – She’s A Cool Mom!
Despite the fact that the hilarious Amy Poehler played Regina George’s mom, Rachel McAdams is actually just seven years younger than Poehler.
At the time of filming, McAdams was 26, Poehler was 33 and Lindsay Lohan was actually high school aged at 18.
4. I Hear Her Hair’s Insured For $10,000!
Rachel McAdams did not dye her hair to play Regina George, but actually wore a blonde wig while shooting.
She also later told The New York Times that, to get into her ‘bad girl’ character, she listened to a lot of Courtney Love and watched Alec Baldwin in the film Glennary, Glen, Ross as suggested by director Mark Waters.
5. Allll Youuuu Sucker MCs Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Amy Poehler!
Amy Poehler reportedly wrote the now-infamous Kevin G. talent show rap, and is even said to have coached actor Rajiv Surendra on how to perform the song.
Director Mark Waters later told Vulture of the scene, “[Tina Fey will] actually give credit to Amy for this, because Amy is more of the rap person. Amy definitely coached him on how to do the rap, and she actually gave him some of the moves and choreography for it.”
6. Predicting The Future
At the Spring Fling Dance near the end of the film, formerly home-schooled Cady Heron (Lohan) is excited because she actually knows the song that’s playing. In fact, the song is “Built This Way” by Samantha Ronson – the DJ whom Lindsay Lohan later famously dated.
7. You Go, Glenn Coco!
The man who inspired one of the most famous lines in the movie – “Four for you, Glenn Coco! You GO Glenn Coco!” – is actually based on a real person who is a friend of Tina Fey’s.
8. Mr. Duvall’s Mysterious Carpal Tunnel
In the film, Tim Meadows’ character Mr. Duvall says that he has “carpal tunnel” on the first day of school and continues to wear a cast all year, but in reality, the actor injured his hand before shooting and they had to come up with an excuse!
9. Aaron STILL Looks Sexy With His Hair Pushed Back
Although he continues to act, his performance as heartthrob Aaron Samuels is still Jonathon Bennett’s most famous role to date, but he doesn’t shy away from it!
On Bennett’s Twitter bio, he notes, “I get it…my hair looks sexy pushed back,” and even pokes fun of himself for the sake of the fans!
10. Mean Girls Will Soon Be Getting A Musical Revival
While speaking with the NY Times, Tina Fey revealed that a musical stage version of Mean Girls is currently in the works and her husband Jeff Richmond is set to write the score!
“It’s early in the process for the musical,” she said. “We’ve been enjoying trying to write. I wish so badly we could have had it done in some form for the 10th anniversary, but hopefully before the 15th.”
How much do you LOVE Mean Girls? Do you know any fun facts about the film that we didn’t list here? Sound off in the comments section!