The movie cost $18 million to make and it grossed $142 million worldwide. There was a sequel and a broadway show produced after it. The movie introduced us to Bruiser (RIP) and it brought us Bend And Snap. Here are 11 crazy secrets from behind the scenes of Legally Blonde.
In the opening credits, Elle is brushing her beautiful golden locks. But guess what? That isn’t even the back of Witherspoon’s head. She was in the UK at the time filming The Importance of Being Earnest so they had a hair double come in and shoot it.
In the Legally Blonde novel, Elle Woods attends USC and then Stanford University. When they were scouting locations to film, USC, UCLA and Stanford said they could film some scenes there but that they couldn’t use their name. Harvard allowed them to use their name but not film there. The University of Chicago turned them down because of a scene toward the end of the movie where a professor places his hand on Elle's leg. In the end, Elle went to the fictitious CULA.
When they were testing the movie, test audiences were not happy with the ending of the movie and wanted to see what happened to Elle after her success. Because Witherspoon and Luke Wilson were busy shooting other movies that required them to have shorter hair, they had to wear wigs for the graduation scene.
The scene where Elle’s sorority voted against switching from Charmin to a generic brand was based on real life. Co-screenwriter, Karen McCullah Lutz, was a sorority sister at James Madison University and used to offer her sisters activity points for stealing TP from the Admin building. Been there, done that.
Matthew Davis, who played Elle’s boyfriend Warner, had a cute little crush on Witherspoon in real life and couldn’t hold it in anymore. One day he told her how he felt, and Witherspoon who was with Ryan Phillippe at the time, told him that she was flattered but it was time to move on.