12 Things You Didn’t Know About Cruel Intentions

  
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Cruel Intentions was a romantic teen drama that was released in 1999 and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a commercial success, earning $75.9 million on a $10.5 million budget. To this day, the movie is beloved by fans, which is why we dug up these 12 fascinating facts that most people don’t know about the popular ‘90s flick:

12. Cruel Inventions

The original title of the film was Cruel Inventions. Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed this on Instagram in 2016. “#throwbackthursday ok one last one because I was feeling nostalgic – and yes #CruelInventions was the original tittle. This pic was 1998 at our kick off dinner #cruelintentions #Crueltv #kathrynmerteuil,” she wrote. The title was reportedly changed because “Cruel Inventions” didn’t test well with audiences and people thought it sounded more like a science fiction film instead of a drama.

Source: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Instagram

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11. Annette’s Slap

The scene where Annette (Witherspoon) slaps Sebastian (Phillippe) wasn’t scripted. “At one point I was improvising off-camera for Reese. I guess I said some pretty mean things, so she came over and slapped me. (Director) Roger (Kumble) loved it so much he incorporated it into the scene. So basically I got slapped around for a couple of hours,” Phillippe told The Morning Call.

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