Charlie's Angels (2000) Poster


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An extremely profane argument between actor Bill Murray & actress Lucy Liu shut down filming for a day. Murray allegedly said: "I get why you're here (Drew Barrymore), and you've got talent (Cameron Diaz)... but what in the hell are you doing here. You can't act!" The remark is said to have prompted Liu to launch a physical attack on Murray. In recent years the Ghostbusters star has played down the incident, citing script problems as the reason for the feud. He explained: "We began rehearsing this scene and I said, 'Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy'. She got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault, but the reality is she hated these lines as much as I did... I feel very warmly for her now."
After Dylan (Drew Barrymore) tumbles down a hill, she arrives practically naked at a house with two boys playing a video game. This is the same house used in the classic film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), in which Drew starred. You can even see a bowl of Reese's Pieces (E.T.'s favorite candy) and a movie poster of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
The Thin Man, played by Crispin Glover, originally had a speaking role, but Glover didn't like the lines, so he asked for them to be removed. The director and producer agreed to make it a non-speaking role to give the character a more mysterious feel.
The role of Alex was originally offered to Angelina Jolie who turned it down after admitting she was not a fan of the original series. It was then offered to Jada Pinkett Smith who declined it to film Bamboozled (2000) instead. Thandie Newton was finally cast but had to leave owing to freak weather which caused the Mission: Impossible II (2000) schedule to overrun. The role was eventually taken by Lucy Liu.
Drew Barrymore bought the screen rights to Charlie's Angels (1976) prior to the movie being filmed - a decision that earned her an estimated $40 million for the first film and a possible $80 million for the second.
Crispin Glover came up with many of his character's eccentric traits, such as ripping off women's hair, sniffing it and then screaming.
After Cameron Diaz's character wakes up from her ballroom dance dream and dances around in her bedroom, she was asked to dance worse with each take. She found this somewhat difficult given her extensive ballroom dance training.
The secret language the Angels use is Finnish, though very poorly pronounced. They said in Finnish: Alex: "Onko sinun ja Knoxin välillä menossa jotain?" Dylan: "Ei tietenkään." Natalie: "On vain niin, että suhteet asiakkaiden kanssa ovat tosi huonoja ideoita." Dylan: "Olen samaa mieltä." Translated roughly in English: Alex: "Is there something going on between you and Knox?" Dylan: "Of course not." Natalie: "It's just that relationships with customers are very bad ideas." Dylan: "I agree." Drew Barrymore's pronunciation was the best.
Drew Barrymore was a huge "Harry Potter" fan, even going so far as to read bits of the books to the cast and crew during production. At the beginning of the film, during the clips of previous jobs, she can be seen wearing a Harry Potter disguise, complete with robes, black hair and round black glasses.
At the Japanese themed party, when Natalie first meets Pete, he greets her with "konichiwa", Japanese for "Hello", and she responds "Nihongo no shaberu no sugoi ne!" which means "You speak Japanese very well!"
Tom Green, who plays Chad, was Dylan's, Drew Barrymore, love interest/boyfriend in the movie and they were actually dating in real life at the time.
The women trained with their martial arts master for three months, eight hours daily (except weekends).
McG publicly claimed that Bill Murray physically attacked him on the set but Murray has vehemently denied this.
Although the "bad guys" use guns in the film, the Angels do not. Drew Barrymore, who was also one of the producers, insisted that the Angels be able to do all their fighting without firearms.
The original cast of Charlie's Angels (1976) - Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett - were invited to make cameo appearances, but declined. Reportedly, Fawcett said she'd only do it if she were allowed to be the voice of Charlie, and Jackson insisted on playing the role of Vivian Wood that eventually went to Kelly Lynch. Ultimately, John Forsythe and Smith did appear in its sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). Smith's role was uncredited, however.
The script was re-written at least 30 times until one was deemed "acceptable" by the producers and director.
The hillside house is modeled after a real California architectural landmark, the Chemosphere House created by architect John Lautner. The entire house was created on a soundstage and was actually much larger and rounder than the original.
The movie's opening montage showing the Angels undercover in various disguises includes a recreation of the original TV show's most infamous episode, Charlie's Angels: Angels in Chains (1976). In that episode, Charlie's Angels went undercover in a women's prison where they were ultimately chained together and escaped from prison guards, with Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett) uttering the line, "I am not a yo-yo!" In this film, Natalie (Cameron Diaz) repeats that line.
In the German dubbed version, the Angels' "secret language" lines are changed from Finnish to Japanese.
Milla Jovovich, Alyssa Milano and Julia Roberts were among the many actresses who were forerunners for the parts of Natalie, Dylan and Alex.
Aaliyah was the first choice to play the role of Alex but was deemed too young.
Salma Hayek, Liv Tyler and Lauryn Hill were considered for the role of Alex Munday.
In the original script, Vivian Wood was Chinese and her name was Vivian Wu. Once Lucy Liu was cast as Alex, they changed her to Caucasian.
When shown as an in-flight movie airlines remove the opening scene of the angels retrieving a bomb from a 747, opening the emergency door, and parachuting out.
The speaker sitting on Bosley's desk, through which the Angels hear Charlie's assignments, is almost the same as the one used in the TV series (Charlie's Angels (1976)). The speaker in the original series had a small "Bell" in the lower corner, the movie version did not.
A total of 18 different writers worked on this film.
An in-joke in the opening scene has a character react to the in flight film "T.J. Hooker - The Movie" with "Oh no, not another movie based on an old TV show!". On Monday, July 6th, 2009 it was announced that T.J. Hooker: The Movie, was based on T.J. Hooker (1982) & in development.
The only white convertible in the movie is a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car. There were only 3,675 of them made.
The bird Natalie refers to as a pygmy nuthatch is in fact a Venezuelan troupial. While the nuthatch is found in the Carmel, California area it has a much wider range than just Carmel, and the Venezuelan troupial would only be found in Venezuela and select Caribbean islands.
Jenny McCarthy auditioned for the role of Natalie. Her cousin, Melissa McCarthy, has a cameo as a character named Doris.
Dylan wears a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin T-shirt that the two boys give her when they see her rolling naked down the hill.
Tanya Roberts said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight (1981) that although she was not asked to make a cameo appearance in the movie, producers called and asked her permission to use her photograph which can be barely seen hanging on a wall in Charles Townsend's Detective Agency office.
Penélope Cruz auditioned for the role of Alex Munday.
Framed photographs of former angels, including Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Tanya Roberts, can be seen on the wall in the background of Charlie Townsend's office.
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Jenny McCarthy, Michelle Yeoh and Drew Barrymore were the original choices for the final line-up.
The mobile phones the angels use are Nokia 8210.
Angie Harmon was considered for a lead role, but could not participate due to her commitments on Law & Order (1990).
The song played during the party where Natalie meets Pete for the first time is "Twiggy Twiggy" sung by Japanese group Pizzicato Five.
Mr. Jones (Dylan Sanders in disguise) is an obvious nod to the film Mission: Impossible (1996), which IMF agent Ethan Hunt disguises himself by wearing a rubber mask. Both films are based on TV series (Charlie's Angels (1976) and Mission: Impossible (1966) and Rob Bottin provided the special makeup effects for this film and Mission: Impossible (1996).
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Cheryl Ladd, who played Kris Munroe in seasons 2-5 of the original TV show, said in interviews that she was willing to appear in the movie. However, the producers only wanted season 1's actresses 'Kate Jackson', Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith to make cameo appearances in the film. Ladd had previously co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the 1992 film Poison Ivy (1992).
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The device that the Angels attach to the system in Red Star is a modified Griffin Technologies iMate, an ADB-USB adapter used to connect old Apple Desktop Bus peripherals to newer USB Macs.
When Natalie is in the Red Star mainframe, she lifts up a computer board where she installs the antenna. The computer board is the motherboard of an Apple PowerMac G3. You can see the FireWire and USB ports and the wave-design back panel.
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Jordan Ladd was asked to audition for the part of an angel but declined.
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Mitch Glazer did uncredited work on the script.
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Frank Coraci was once attached to direct.
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This is one of two Bill Murray movies where he doesn't reprise his role for the sequel. The first time was Caddyshack (1980).
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When Dylan takes a tumble down the cliff, the two boys are seen playing the PSX classic Fainaru fantajî VIII (1999), a single player game.
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Tom Green, who plays a close encounter for Dylan, had played a character named Dylan himself in Superstar (1999).
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Drew Barrymore was only one year old when the original Charlie's Angels (1976) series aired.
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Tim Curry is also in Scary Movie 2 (2001), which does a parody scene of this film.
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Cheung-Yan Yuen: The film's martial arts choreographer and trainer appears as a fellow passenger on the plane in first class at the start of the film. He can be seen speaking in Cantonese to two pretty women, teaching them to say "thank you".

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