10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Poster


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.
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.
This was Heath Ledger's first American movie.
The whole film was shot at locations. No sets were used.
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.
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 sing to her on the football field.
Heath Ledger beat out Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for the role of Patrick.
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.
Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns French in order to tutor Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). In real life, Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks French fluently.
Letters to Cleo lead singer Kay Hanley told Popdose that the experience scared the band. They had to perform the song on a patch of roof the size of Hanley's kitchen, and on a windy day.

"So they told us, 'This is a helicopter shot, and it costs $500,000 every time the helicopter has to take off, so don't f*ck this up!'" Hanley recalled. "As we started playing we saw the helicopter appear, off in the distance. It's hard to say how far away it was at first, because we were so high up in the air. But then all of a sudden the helicopter does this dive bomb directly toward us! Is the helicopter out of control? Is it supposed to be coming at us like this? And I'm thinking, 'Don't f*ck up, keep singing the song, don't f*ck up, it costs 500 grand every time the copter takes off.' It was unbelievably scary-but it turned out to be such an amazing shot."
Julia Stiles originally auditioned for the role of Bianca Stratford.
Cameron says, "I burn, I pine, I perish," a direct quote from Taming of The Shrew.
David Krumholtz, who plays Michael in the film, wrote a piece for Vulture explaining why he thought the movie worked so well. He stated the entire cast became fast friends. "Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned me on to Phish, and I turned him on to Wu-Tang," the actor wrote. "Gabrielle Union had us in stitches, Julia Stiles brought her own brand of SoHo-bred artistic intellectualism (at only 17, mind you), Larisa Oleynik's laughter filled the room, and we marvelled at the tonedness of Andrew Keegan's muscles (a great sport!)."

Filming began without Heath Ledger, and the cast worried how his presence would change the dynamic. "This was a concern that was remedied a few days later, when he arrived and we found yet another comrade in sensibility. The group, with Heath, only got stronger. Before I knew it, the cast was experiencing what I've since found to be all too rare: a unified chemistry throughout the ensemble, without a single bad apple in the bunch. We all agreed that we were having the best summer of our lives."
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.)
Andrew Keegan didn't know how to draw genitals for one scene and David Krumholtz had to teach him.
The table dance scene is what led to Julia Stiles leading role in Save the Last Dance (2001).
Kat Stratford is excited she got into Sarah Lawrence College. In reality, Larisa Oleynik who played Bianca Stratford went to Sarah Lawrence College.
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.
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.
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.
Larisa Oleynik and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also date each other in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), as Alissa and Tommy. 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".
The song lyric "cruel to be kind" is a reference to a line from the play Hamlet; another of William Shakespeare's works.
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).
Despite playing her older sister by nearly 2 years, Julia Stiles is actually only three months older than Larisa Oleynik.
According to Gil Junger, there was concern about Heath Ledger's Australian accent. Junger felt it made him dangerous and sexy.
Patrick sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli 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).
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.
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.
Julia Stiles cried real tears in the scene where she reads her poem.
During a Q&A with the screenwriters, Karen McCullah revealed where the title came from. "The title is based on a diary entry I made in high school," she explained. "I had a boyfriend named Anthony that I was frequently unhappy with. I made a list called Things I Hate About Anthony. When Kirsten [Smith] and I decided to write this, I went through all of my high school diaries to bone up on the angsty memories, and when I told her about that list, she was like, 'That's our title.'"

It turns out her ex-boyfriend likes the movie. "Anthony is very proud of that fact," McCullah said. "We're still friends today. And every now and then I'll get a random phone call in the middle of night: 'My nephew doesn't believe that this title is about me. Tell him.' On the phone, I'm like, 'Yes, I hated Anthony in high school.'"
When Gil Junger's agent gave him the script for a teen version of The Taming of the Shrew, "I said 'absolutely not,'" Junger admitted in the film's production notes. "I had no interest in doing a typical high school film. I wanted to do a romantic love story. But, at the urging of my agent, I read the script. I loved it. The depth of it surprised me. It really is a romantic love story. The plot is beautifully interwoven and the humor works because it comes from the characters."
One of the books clearly seen in the library scene with Kat and Patrick is entitled "10 Stupid Things Men Do To Mess Up Their Lives".
Julia Stiles and Andrew Keegan worked together again in another William Shakespeare adaptation: O (2001), which is a modern version of Othello.
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"
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).
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).
The character of Patrick is based on The Taming of the Shrew's Petruchio. Heath Ledger drew on Richard Burton's portrayal in The Taming of the Shrew (1967), as well as giving him a "Jack Nicholson edge to him with his cheekiness and his smiles".
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.
According to screenwriter Kirsten Smith, Larisa Oleynik really wanted to play Kat.
Despite her character being in high school, Gabrielle Union was actually 26 at the time of filming.
Cameron's name, Cameron James, is a play on the name of a famous director, James Cameron.
Michael says, "Sweet love, renew thy force," which is a line from Shakespeare's Sonnet 56.
Director Gil Junger wrote a part for himself as a teacher. His scenes were filmed, but ended up getting deleted.
The paint ball area was shot at Seattle's Gasworks park on the edge of Lake Union, normally a family park and picnic area.
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.
One of the names on the detention list is that of unit production manager Ross Fanger
After Michael is nearly hit by Kat he refers to her as "the shrew," a reference to The Taming of the Shrew.
Costume designer Kim Tillman designed original dresses for Larisa Oleynik and Julia Stiles as well as the period outfits for Susan May Pratt and David Krumholtz. Gabrielle Union's snakeskin prom dress is a Betsey Johnson design. Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's vintage tuxes came from Isadora's in Seattle.
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).
Both Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would later appear in director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) and Gordon-Levitt as the character Blake who, at the end of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is implied to take over crime fighting in Gotham City as Robin, following Bruce Wayne's retirement as Batman. A still from 10 Things I Hate About You of Ledger and Gordon-Levitt in the cafeteria together with the caption "That moment, when you find out the Joker and Robin went to high school together" would go viral soon after The Dark Knight Rises was released.
Cameron refers to getting someone to date Kat as "extreme dating." In 2005, Andrew Keegan (Joey) acted in a film called Extreme Dating (2005).
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.
The title "10 Things I Hate About You" sounds remotely like "Taming Of The Shrew" (on which this film is based).
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.
At the end of the movie when it pans up from Kat's car, you can see the letters "aff" painted on the ground (the beginning letters are blocked by a car), suggesting she is actually parked in a staff parking spot.
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When Joey asks Bianca if she is going to Bogey Lowenstein's party, he incorrectly calls it "Bogey Löwenbräu's party" instead. Löwenbräu is a type of German beer.
In the film, Walter Stratford mentions "Dawson's River". The show he is actually referring to is Dawson's Creek (1998). Heath Ledger later dated Michelle Williams after the film, who starred as Jen Lindley in the series.
Health Ledger asks in the bookstore if Julia Stiles knows where be can get a copy of the Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan. The book is about how women's lives as houswives are boring, shallow, and defined by their relationships to their husbands. This is a view shared by Julia Stiles character, Kat.
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Director Gil Junger also played a teacher (uncredited).
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For the UK release, fifteen frames (about 0.6s), in which Patrick Verona opens a butterfly knife as a show-off, were cut before the British Board of Film Classification would grant a 12 rating. This was restored for the 10th anniversary DVD release in 2010, the 12 certificate being given once again. Additionally, the black screen prior to the Touchstone Pictures logo was extended by around a second.
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Larisa Oleynik originally wanted to play the part of Kat Strafford
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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.
The only parent to feature in the film is that of Kat and Bianca.
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Letters to Cleo performs in this movie where Larisa Oleynik is Bianca They are also in the soundtrack for another movie she's in The Babysitter's Club where she plays Dawn.
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In the scene where Cameron is asking Bianca the things Kat is into, Bianca mentions that Kat had a picture of Jared Leto in her locker. Jared Leto plays the Joker in Suicide Squad (2016). Her love interest Patrick played by Heath Ledger famously played the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight".
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.

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