The film Grease is a timeless classic that has garnered an impressive amount of fans even after its release. Produced in the '70s, this charming film and its lovable cast still capture the hearts of new and old fans alike. If you are like other Grease devotees out there, then you have probably watched this film many times over.
However, there are some fascinating facts about the film and its cast members that even the most avid fans may have never known. Some of these tidbits revolve around the actual filming, so you may be able to take notice the next time you watch the movie again. How many of these fun facts did you know?
1. The film did not originally include Sandy's Oscar-nominated song, "Hopelessly Devoted To You." It was added to the film afterward because the producers wanted to give Sandy a solo ballad.
2. The director of Grease was actually roommates with George Lucas, creator of Star Wars. Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the trilogy, was considered for the role of Sandy. But, after watching her on set during a battle scene for Star Wars, he decided that she was not the right choice.
3. All those cheery dancers in the backgrounds had names, including Bart, Bubba, Moose, and Sauce.
4. During filming, Jamie Donnelly's hair was graying and had to be dyed black.
5. Originally, Coca-Cola had a product placement agreement with the film. It didn't end up working out, but production of the film had already started and all the appearances of the products had to be blurred out of the scenes.
6. Dinah Manoff can't dance, so her character, Marty, is absent from every dance scene in the film.
7. The creators had originally envisioned Grease as an animated production, but the idea was later dropped. However, they decided to make the opening credits animated anyway.
8. "You're The One That I Want" was all filmed in one afternoon.
9. Annette Charles was so dedicated to her role as Cha Cha that she checked out of the hospital just to film the drag race scene. She had to have emergency surgery that same night for an ectopic pregnancy.
10. The water in this scene was so filthy and full of bacteria that cast members got sick after filming here.
11. In the song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee," the lyrics "Elvis! Elvis! Let me be. Keep that pelvis far from me" was added to the musical scene because Elvis Presley had passed away that same day.
12. The actors, who were playing high school students in the film, were all much older than their characters. Stockard Channing was already 33 years old at the time!
13. Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie, wanted Rizzo's "Hickeys from Kenickie" to be authentic, so he actually gave Stockard Channing real hickeys.
14. During filming, Jeff Conaway was always nervous around Olivia Newton-John because he had a serious crush on her. Surprisingly, he married her sister.
15. Olivia Newton-John had doubts about passing as a high-schooler at first, so she had them do a screen test before committing herself to the role. She was satisfied with how the drive-in scene ended up looking, so she accepted the part.
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