12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wedding Planner’
Back in the early and mid-2000s, Jennifer Lopez wasn’t only dominating the music scene, she was also starring in several romantic comedies including 2001’s The Wedding Planner. The hilarious film that starred Lopez and Matthew McConaughey has become a guilty pleasure of rom-coms fans and it is hard to believe it has been almost 20 years since it was released! Reminisce on the film with these 12 things you never knew about The Wedding Planner:
12. Real Love
The two co-writers for The Wedding Planner got the idea for the movie after they saw an advertisement for a wedding planner class. As it turns, the pair were actually a couple when they began writing the film but ended up breaking up during the first rewrite, and despite their split, they worked on the movie together for years until it finally went into production. To help with research for the movie, they even interviewed real wedding planners at the Los Angeles Festival of Brides. “We had lunch with one wedding planner who told us that she didn’t even believe in marriage,” Falk explained.
11. Casting Penny
There is no doubt that Judy Greer adds something great to every movie she is in, and although the role of Penny was minor in comparison, the casting process was extensive. The director Adam Shankman and the producers auditioned 79 actresses but eventually decided Judy Greer was the best fit, and she was the first of the 79 to audition! Now, Greer is known for her “best friend” roles in romantic comedies, but said she doesn’t mind not being the leading lady. “[When you are the sidekick] you get the funniest jokes, the best lines…and you don’t have to go to work every single day.”