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Brittany Snow said that Rebel Wilson improvised most of her lines and would go on 20 minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches.
During the Riff-Off, Ester Dean sings S&M, which was co-written by her.
The story line between Bumper and Fat Amy was not in the script. Adam DeVine and Rebel Wilson would improvise during their scenes together, and Devine would often try to kiss her. This led to Devine and Wilson to create a back story for their two characters and their relationship. The film makers thought the hostile, sexual chemistry between the two was funny and kept some of the scenes in the film - though according to the two actors, there was a lot that was cut out, including a reference to a one night stand.
A special screening of the film was held on 25 September 2012 at the LSU Student Union Theater because parts of the movie were filmed on LSU's campus. The turnout for the screening was so great that only a little more than half of the students in line got in to see the movie. The producer saw that there were more students wanting to see the film and allowed a second showing immediately following the first.
The song that Beca (Anna Kendrick) performs at her audition, "Cups (When I'm Gone)," is a combination of a children's rhythmic percussion game played with drinking cups with a song that dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s: "When I'm Gone," written by A.P. Carter and first recorded by his seminal folk-country group The Carter Family. The song and the game were first combined in 2009 by the British group Lulu and the Lampshades; Anna Kendrick heard this version and decided to include it in Pitch Perfect (2012). In the States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 93 for the week ending January 12, 2013, even before the song was released as a single. By its 32nd week on that chart, it had climbed to number 6 (for the week ending August 17, 2013).
'Adam DeVine' (qv (Bumper) accidentally hit a cameraman with one of the burritos he had to throw out of the bus.
Available categories for the Riff off:
  • Ladies of the 80s

  • Songs About Sex

  • Black Michael Jackson

  • White Michael Jackson

  • Christian Rock

  • Hair Bands

  • TV Theme Songs

  • Reggae Time

  • Medium Rock

  • The Judds

  • Famous Duets

  • Overplayed Black Eyed Peas

  • Puppet Songs

  • Songs Glee (2009) Ruined

  • Party Rock Anthems

  • Ugly Lead Singers

The only categories exercised were Songs About Sex and Ladies of the 80's.
The role of Gail was originally written for Kristen Wiig but she declined due to scheduling conflicts. Elizabeth Banks, one of the film's producers, eventually took the role.
Despite being an accomplished songwriter, this served as the first acting role for Ester Dean who plays Cynthia Rose.
At one point, while Beca is attending the activities fair and checking out the booth for the DJs (Deaf Jews), a spirited game of Quidditch (from the Harry Potter books and movies) can be seen going on in the background, including players straddling broomsticks and one player shouting "Throw me the Quaffle!" Simulated Quidditch games have been enacted on a number of university campuses in recent years.
Anna Kendrick said on the Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #20.19 (2012) that she learned her audition song "You're Going to Miss Me When I'm Gone" performed with the plastic cup from a viral video. It was incorporated into the movie after the producers learned she already knew how to do it.
In the Riff-Off scene, one of the categories is "Song Ruined By Glee (2009)". Anna Camp (Aubrey) guest starred in Glee: Sectionals (2009).
Despite what Anna Kendrick's character claims in the movie, Vader (of Darth Vader) does not mean 'father' in German, but it does in Dutch. Both the Dutch 'vader' and the German 'Vater' are pronounced with the 'a' as in 'far', instead of the 'a' as in 'later'. In the German dubbed version of the film this was changed, and Kendrick says that Vader means 'father' in Dutch.
The gas station the girls' bus stops at is actually a Kean's dry cleaners in Baton Rouge, La.
Although never working together before, Anna Kendrick (Beca) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) share a connection with the prestigious performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor in upstate New York. Skylar Astin attended the camp for multiple years and appeared in the Stagedoor (2006), and Anna Kendrick starred in Camp (2003) which was based on and filmed at Stagedoor Manor.
Beca's headphones are Sony MDR-7506 and Beyer Dynamic DT770pro, both large diaphragm closed earcup designs favored among DJs and broadcasters.
When Beca (Anna Kendrick) enters the campus radio station for the first time, a voice is heard saying "95.7 WBUJ" and the slogan "music for the independent mind." This is actually the slogan of 88.9 WERS, the Emerson College radio station.
References to Chris Rock and the E! television network were stricken from the French subtitles, probably due to their lack of notoriety among French audiences.
ICCAs stands for International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella.
Beca has an Allen Ginsberg poster in her dorm room.
Barden University is a fictional educational institution.

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