10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Bridesmaids’

  
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Ever since Bridesmaids was released in 2011 it has reigned as one of the best comedies with an all female cast. Starring hilarious actresses like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Rebel Wilson, the movie was both commercially and critically successful. Wiig co-wrote the script and it was produced by Judd Apatow, the filmmaker behind Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin — so it’s no wonder it was such a huge box office success. It’s been several years since the film was released, so here’s a look back at 10 things you didn’t know about Bridesmaids!

10. The Film Wasn’t Supposed to be about a Wedding

The entire movie revolves around Annie’s best friend, Lillian’s wedding, but according to lead actress, Kristen Wiig, the movie wasn’t supposed to be about a wedding at all! “I feel like when we started writing it, we never saw it as a wedding movie. In the earlier drafts for the first three years, there wasn’t even a wedding in it at the end. We didn’t really set out to make it different from other movies or make any statement about those movies. It’s kind of like you were saying, the wedding is just a backdrop in the way. We just wanted to write a fun script where our friends could come in and play and write something that had a lot of women in it,” said Wiig.

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9. The Script Took Several Years to Write

Kristen Wiig’s co-writer, Annie Mumolo, said the script took years to finish. The two women started writing the film in 2006, but it wasn’t released until 2011. A lot of the time writing was spent “getting into the heads” of each character and the two of them drew on experiences from their own lives to shape them. “We had both been in both positions, so we would sit in the heads of those people, and come from the heart,” she said.

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