10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Poster


The scene in which Kat reads the "10 Things" poem was the first and only take, according to the DVD extras. Kat's tears towards the end of the poem were not planned.
Heath Ledger improvised the moment where Patrick starts playing with the fire.
Heath Ledger beat out Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for the role of Patrick.
This was Heath Ledger's first American movie.
The original script was much darker than the one in the final film. In the original, Mandella (Kat's best friend) referred openly and frequently to several suicide attempts, which were so that she could join William Shakespeare.
The whole film was shot at locations. No sets were used.
According to the 10th Anniversary commentary by the cast, Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles began dating during the filming. They broke up in January 2000.
Julia Stiles originally auditioned for the role of Bianca Stratford.
Kat Stratford is excited she got into Sarah Lawrence College. In reality, Larisa Oleynik who played Bianca Stratford went to Sarah Lawrence College.
Cameron says, "I burn, I pine, I perish," a direct quote from Taming of The Shrew.
Despite playing her older sister by nearly 2 years, Julia Stiles is actually only three months older than Larisa Oleynik.
Patrick (Heath Ledger) sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Vallie to Kat (Julia Stiles). This makes Heath Ledger the third actor to sing this song prior to playing a Batman villain. The first was Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter (1978) before going on to play Max Schrek in Batman Returns (1992). Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) before going on to play Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
Larisa Oleynik and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also date each other in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), as Tommy and Alissa. On the DVD commentary, Larisa Oleynik said that she was cast as Alissa after filming the movie and they were "not the best of friends".
Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns French in order to tutor Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). In real life, Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks French fluently.
Several names reflect the Shakespearean origin of "The Taming Of The Shrew". Bianca's and Kat's last name is Stratford (William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon). Patrick's last name is Verona (birthplace of Petruchio, the corresponding character from the play). The high school is called Padua, which is the city in which the play is set. And the two girl's names are Kat and Bianca (the names of the girls are Bianca and Katherina [Kate] in the play.)
School used in film is Stadium High School, Tacoma, Washington. The school was first built as a grand, chateau-style railroad station hotel but after it suffered fire damage, was renovated into a high school.
Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger appeared in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Heath Ledger played the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), while Joseph Gordon-Levitt played John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
The song lyric "cruel to be kind" is a reference to a line from the play Hamlet; another of William Shakespeare's works.
The marching band in the sequence where Heath Ledger sings to Julia Stiles was not from Stadium High School, where the film was shot. Stadium was approached by the makers of the movie to do the scene, but did not have a marching band. The makers of the movie then contacted Lincoln High School, a nearby Tacoma school, who furnished the marching band depicted in the scene. Several members of the Stadium Band assisted, but had to be taught how to march.
According to Larisa Oleynik, it was Julia Stiles who suggested Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" for Heath Ledger to singer to her on the football field.
The original song scripted for Patrick to sing to Kat to gain her forgiveness was "I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family. They couldn't use it since it was already used in Scream 2 (1997).
In the German version, Kat wants to go to Harvard. And the picture Bianca found in her drawer is a picture of Johnny Depp, instead of Jared Leto. Probably because both were more popular in Germany by the time. The word 'Bratwurst' remained, although it is not used as it is supposed in the beginning of this movie.
One of the taglines for this movie is "How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways" which is an obvious play on "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Although this movie contains multiple references to William Shakespeare and "The Taming of the Shrew", the line "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" was written not by Shakespeare, but by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It is the first line of Sonnet 43 from Barrett Browning's "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
Early in the movie, Julia Stiles' character is seen reading the Sylvia Plath novel, "The Bell Jar". Stiles has been cast to play Esther Greenwood in The Bell Jar.
One of the books clearly seen in the library scene with Kat and Patrick is entitled "10 Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives".
The large sculpture in the background in the scene where Cameron approaches Bianca for help is not a set piece, but an actual mixed media sculpture known as the Fremont Troll, The Troll or The Troll Under the Bridge. Its location is under the north end of the Aurora Bridge.
The student Patrick pays off in the hallway is the actual leader of the Lincoln High School marching band mentioned above. The same band is depicted in the marching scene and also recorded the song Patrick sings to.
According to screenwriter Kirsten Smith, Larisa Oleynik really wanted to play Kat.
Cameron's name, Cameron James, is a play on the name of a famous director, James Cameron.
At the end of the movie when Kat shares her sonnet, she describes 10 things she hates about Patrick though the number of items listed is up to interpretation.
Julia Stiles and Andrew Keegan worked together again in another William Shakespeare adaptation: O (2001), which is a modern version of Othello.
The paint ball area was shot at Seattle's Gasworks park on the edge of Lake Union, normally a family park and picnic area.
Michael says, "Sweet love, renew thy force," which is a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 56.
There is a poster on the wall of Kat's room advertising the band called The Gits whose lead singer Mia Zapata was killed in Seattle in 1993. This goes along with Kat's liking of bands like Bikini Kill and The Raincoats.
Director Gil Junger wrote a part for himself as a teacher. His scenes were filmed, but ended getting deleted.
This was screenwriters Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith's first screenplay. They would go on to write Legally Blonde (2001) and The House Bunny (2008).
After Michael is nearly hit by Kat he refers to her as "the shrew," a reference to The Taming of the Shrew.
Bianca mentions to Cameron that Kat has a picture of Jared Leto in her drawer giving the impression that she's attracted to him. Heath Ledger who plays her love interest Patrick played the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) and Jared Leto was later cast as the Joker in Suicide Squad (2016).
One of the names on the detention list is that of unit production manager Ross Fanger
Cameron refers to getting someone to date Kat as "extreme dating." In 2005, Andrew Keegan (Joey) acted in a film called Extreme Dating (2005).
Despite her character being in high school, Gabrielle Union was actually 26 at the time of filming.
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The title "10 Things I Hate About You" sounds remotely like "Taming Of The Shrew" (on which this film is based).
Larisa Oleynik wears a white hoodie at the end of the film featuring two angels, which is an Easter Egg to a popular AT&T commercial she starred in. In the commercial, she is flirting with a boy on the computer to the tune of Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight" and he photoshops her head onto a picture of a cherub and sends it back to her.
When Joey asks Bianca if she is going to Bogey Lowenstiens party, he incorrectly calls it "Bogey Lowenbreus party" instead.
There is a musical reference to the dark plot initially intended in the original screenplay. The band The Suicide Machines' "Battle Hymns" (1998) poster can be seen in Kat's room, in the hallway and off the dance floor as Patrick enters Club Skunk.
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The marching band in the sequence where Patrick (Heath Ledger) sings to Kat (Julia Stiles) was a real marching band from Lincoln High School. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Cameron, went on to star in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) as Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Lincoln.
The same infomercial that Kat's dad is watching right before they go to the prom is the same commercial playing in the movie Joy Ride (2001) while at the first hotel.
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Larisa Oleynik originally wanted to play the part of Kat Strafford
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