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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Poster

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Upon reading the script for the first time, Rosanna Arquette expressed her desire to play the part of Susan. She was surprised to discover the producers actually wanted her to play the lead part of Roberta.
One of the iconic jackets that Madonna and Rosanna Arquette wore in the film was sold at a Hollywood auction in November, 2014 for approximately $225,000. One of the earrings worn by them fetched $34,000.
Camel withdrew a $5,000 sponsorship because of the scene in which Dez tells Roberta that she "should stop smoking".
The producers couldn't get Kevin Costner or Dennis Quaid to read for the role of Dez, because with two female leads, some actors didn't want to be third fiddle.
Diane Keaton was briefly considered for the part of Roberta, while Goldie Hawn was considered for the part of Susan. A combination of Orion Pictures wanting to keep the budget under $5 million and director Susan Seidelman wanting to work with newcomers ultimately led to the casting of Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.
Bruce Willis auditioned for the part of Madonna's boyfriend in the film, but the part was given to Robert Joy.
Suzanne Vega auditioned for the role of Susan.
The second-hand clothing store that Susan and Roberta go to was called "Love Saves the Day," located in the East Village in New York City. In 2009, due to tripling rent costs, the store shut its doors for good.
Ellen Barkin wanted the part of Susan and was the studio's first choice. The modest budget and director Susan Seidelman's insistence eventually benefited newcomer Madonna, who was ultimately given the part.
Madonna was trying to lose weight, or rather not to gain any. So when the script called for her to be eating, she'd spit out the food at the end of the take!
The identical triplets dressed in the same outfit outside the publishing house where Madonna places a personal ad were real triplets not originally in the script. Director Susan Seidelman noticed them walking down the street while setting up the shot and wanted them in the scene, as they captured the film's theme of doubling.
The orange baseball jersey that Susan wears after her clothes have been stolen, sports the letters MC. These are Madonna's initials; her full name is Madonna Ciccone.
Madonna beat out Jennifer Jason Leigh for the role of Susan.
The song playing from Madonna's headphones when Gary Glass calls her is "One Thing Leads to Another" by The Fixx.
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Melanie Griffith and Kelly McGillis were considered for the role of Susan.
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In October 2007 a musical version of the movie was staged in London's Novello Theatre featuring Emma Williams as Susan and Kelly Price as Roberta. Written and conceived by American actor Peter Michael Marino, the musical was directed by Angus Jackson, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler featuring Blondie classics such as, "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Atomic," "Dreaming," "The Tide is High," "Hanging On the Telephone," "Picture This," "Rapture," etc.
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Tuesday Knight auditioned for the role of Susan.
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