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.
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.
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.
Crispin Glover came up with many of his character's eccentric trades, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!"
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 women trained with their martial arts master for three months, eight hours daily (except weekends).
In the German dubbed version, the Angels' "secret language" lines are changed from Finnish to Japanese.
Salma Hayek, Liv Tyler and Lauryn Hill were considered for the role of Alex Munday.
The script was re-written at least 30 times until one was deemed "acceptable" by the producers and director.
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 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.
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 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.
Aaliyah was the first choice to play the role of Alex but was deemed too young.
Milla Jovovich, Alyssa Milano and Julia Roberts were among the many actresses who were forerunners for the parts of Natalie, Dylan and Alex.
After Dylan (Drew Barrymore) is shot and tumbles down a hill, then survives. She arrives practically naked at a house with two boys playing a video game. This is actually the same house used from the classic film "E.T" in which Drew starred. You can even see a bowl of Reces Pieces (ET's favorite candy) and a movie poster of "ET".
McG publicly claimed that Bill Murray physically attacked him on the set but Murray has vehemently denied this.
A total of 18 different writers worked on this film.
The only white convertible in the movie is a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy 500 Pace Car. There were only 3,675 vehicles made, of that model and year.
The T-shirt that the two boys give Dylan after they see her tumble naked down the hill is a Steve Austin shirt.
Angie Harmon was considered for a lead role, but could not participate due to her commitments on Law & Order (1990).
Jenny McCarthy, Michelle Yeoh and Drew Barrymore were the original choices for the final line-up.
The song played during the party where Natalie meets Pete for the first time is "Twiggy Twiggy" sung by Japanese group Pizzicato Five.
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.
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.
The mobile phones the angels use are Nokia 8260.
Frank Coraci was once attached to direct.
Penélope Cruz auditioned for the role of Alex Munday.
Mitch Glazer did uncredited work on the script.
Jenny McCarthy auditioned for the role of Natalie.
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.
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Jordan Ladd was asked to audition for the part of an angel but declined.


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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