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Patrick Swayze earned the role of sage Vida Boheme by improvising a 30-minute monologue inspired by the bullying he suffered as a boy studying ballet in Texas.
The real Julie Newmar showed up on set one day to watch filming, which led to her cameo appearance.
Before filming the scene in which Sheriff Dollard (played by Chris Penn) pulls the car over at the roadside, Patrick Swayze secretly placed a corn cob down the front of his underwear. Penn's expression of shock upon putting his hand up Swayze's dress is not faked.
Wong Foo, or "Fooey" as his friends called him, was the head bartender at the China Bowl restaurant. It was on 152 west 44th Street east of Broadway and closed in the 1993. The walls of the restaurant were covered with head shots of famous actors and actresses who had stopped by the place.
Gary Oldman claims he was originally offered one of the lead drag roles but decided he didn't want to do another part that required extensive make-up after his experiences on Dracula (1992).
According to John Leguizamo in his autobiography, his frequent improvisation angered Patrick Swayze so much that Swayze tried to punch him in the face.
Viggo Mortensen auditioned for the role of Vida Boheme.
According to the three male leads, upon completion of filming they burned their costumes, wigs and make-up because it took so long each morning to "become women."
Opened in the number one spot, taking in approximately four million dollars.
The title of the movie came from an autographed picture of Julie Newmar that author Douglas Carter Beane saw on the wall of a Times Square Chinese restaurant, the China Bowl, in the mid 1980s.
Director Beeban Kidron gave birth to her first child, Noah Kidron-Style (from her relationship with Spencer Style), on the last night of filming. Noah is listed in the film's crew credits as "Best Baby" (a word play on the crew term "Best Boy").
Robin Williams appears in the uncredited role of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.
Several character names are taken from classic literature. Virgil and Beatrice appear in Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy", while Billy Budd and Crazy Elija appear in Herman Melville works, "Billy Budd" and "Moby Dick", respectively.
Mel Gibson briefly flirted with the idea of playing the Patrick Swayze part.
The passage, "That season we were loaded with pizzazz. Earrings of fuchsia and peach. Mind you, peach. And hats. Hats, hats, hats for career girls," does not appear in the book "D.V.", but the passage, "How I adored Paris!" marks the beginning of Chapter Twenty-One.
During negotiations with Julie Newmar for the use of her name in the title, the back-up plan in the event that producers could not secure those rights was to replace Newmar with Carol Lynley.
Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez won an undisclosed sum from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment after complaining that John Leguizamo's character shared his name. Rodriguez claimed that being linked to a gay character who dresses in drag had harmed his reputation.
The name of one of the towns, Bala Cynwyd, is a Philadelphia suburb, where executive producer Mitchell Kohn attended junior high school.
Patrick Swayze and Beth Grant also starred together in Donnie Darko (2001).
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This film has a very similar plot to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). However, each film is neither a remake nor a rip-off of the other. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) was already well into production by the time The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) was released.
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The early scene with Robin Williams was filmed at the Canton Restaurant located in the Journal Square section of Jersey City NJ. The restaurant had been an institution for 50 some years. Sadly it closed 10 or so years ago. It had a beautiful circular dance floor in the center of the dining room The set dressers only had to add the framed photos and small touches around the wooden banquettes.
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The hotel where the basketball tournament and subsequent hotel stay for Chi-Chi, Noxema and Vida (The Omaha New Tower Inn) was sold in 1996 and was eventually torn down in September of 1997. A strip mall now occupies the space and is called The Tower Plaza.
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