While shooting scenes in the butcher shop, Nancy Travis was distracted by Mike Myers's antics and accidentally cut off the tip of her middle finger on her left hand when chopping vegetables with a kitchen knife. Travis kept shouting "Cut! Cut! Cut!" which she meant literally, although the crew initially thought she was referring to the term for stopping the shooting of a scene. A local doctor sewed it back on.
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The film features cameos by Charles Grodin, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards, Mike Hagerty, Debi Mazar, Steven Wright, and Alan Arkin, appearing uncredited as Tony's sensitive boss. They all agreed to be in the film for the opportunity of working with Myers.
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Mike Myers's performance as Stuart Mackenzie was based on the mannerisms of his own father.
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The moment where Tony laughs at Stuart's Colonel Sanders impression was not scripted. Anthony LaPaglia really did lose control and laughed at Mike Myers.
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When Harriet (Nancy Travis) takes the wedding rings out of the talcum powder, you can see a bandage on the middle finger of her left hand. This was the same finger that she had cut during the butcher shop scene while being distracted due to her laughing at the ridiculous antics of Mike Meyers.
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The direct English translation of the film's French title is "When Harriet Axes Charlie..." which itself is a clever parody of the 1989 Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally... (1989)"
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Nancy Travis interviewed a butcher to better understand her character's profession and to find out what traits a butcher possesses. According to Travis, the one thing the butcher constantly emphasized was to keep her eyes on the meat during cutting so as not to injure herself. Incidentally, while shooting the cutting scenes inside the butcher shop, she accidentally cut off the tip of her left hand's middle finger while chopping vegetables.
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Sharon Stone was initially set to play the role of Harriet Michaels, but wanted to perform a dual role and also play Rose Michaels. The studio denied her request and she pulled out of the film altogether.
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According to Nancy Travis, she and Mike Myers did a lot of improvising together and he taught her a lot about comedy and showed her "how to be relaxed and spontaneous on the set."
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Nancy Travis was drawn to her character's "qualities of danger and compassion mixed with humor, which make her an intriguing character."
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When playing Stuart, Mike Myers underwent over three and a half hours for special prosthetic makeup.
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The filmmakers chose San Francisco as the film's setting, citing that it seemed like the ideal place for Charlie the poet to live. Mike Myers admired the city's scene for its clothes, music and sensibilities but particularly its coffee-house culture. Myers noted that residents seemed to favor coffee-houses over bars.
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Mike Myers extensively rewrote the script with writer Neil Mullarkey, an old friend from Britain. According to Myers, they changed the story and many of the comedic moments. Robbie Fox was asked to consider a new set of credits that gave him a "story by" and co-screenplay credit. He rejected the proposal and in arbitration, the Writers Guild of America decided that Fox would receive sole screenwriting credit. Producer Robert N. Fried and Myers were upset that Mullarkey, who put a lot of work into the script, did not get any credit.
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The soccer game that Stuart MacKenzie yells at Head to turn on the television is a men's soccer match between the U.S. and Scotland. The match actually took place at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado on May 17, 1992. Scotland won the matchup 0-1.
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The male lead was originally written for Chevy Chase. Woody Allen also considered playing Charlie. Albert Brooks and Martin Short also considered the role but did not like the character.
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Robbie Fox wrote the screenplay in 1987. In the original version, Charlie was Jewish and, according to Robert N. Fried, it was "initially conceived as being more about paranoia than commitment". Mike Myers wanted changes to the script that would allow him to do some serious acting and Saturday Night Live (1975)-style comedy.
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Mike Myers was offered the lead role(s) based on the success of Wayne's World (1992). He agreed because he liked the script and many of his friends also had a fear of commitment and "were all suffering from cold feet and what is cold feet but a low-grade terror? This story just expands on that terror".
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The maroon Volkswagen Kharman Ghia convertible driven by Mike Myers is the same vehicle driven by Robert Redford in Sneakers (1992), parts of which were also filmed in San Francisco the previous year.
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Anthony LaPaglia said that his character "has grand illusions of being Serpico, you know he's ready to fight crime like his hero did. But he's just not competent."
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There were stories in the press that Mike Myers's over-inflated ego forced extensive re-shoots on the film and that he tried to deny Robbie Fox credit for writing the film, sometimes locking himself in his trailer and refusing to work. On the set, director Thomas Schlamme said that he had his differences with Myers over how the film should be shaped. He said that Myers was "taking a stretch beyond his usual self and was playing outside himself. Personality clashes were bound to happen. We struggled." However, the director denied that Myers was a control freak and praised the "total commitment to his work. (But) yes, it was difficult". In addition, several major newspapers and magazines claimed that the film went over budget, with in-fighting among the principal actors and lengthy release delays, and that it was unfunny.
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When the actors did the first cast read-through of the script, Charlie's father, Stuart, had not yet been cast. Mike Myers read that character's lines and the filmmakers so enjoyed his interpretation that they realized he could play that role as well.
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The Poets Corner hotel scene was filmed at the Dunsmuir estate, which was also the location for Stacey Sutton's (Tanya Roberts) mansion in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill (1985). However, the estate is located in Oakland, California, not north of San Francisco in the mountains, as depicted in this movie.
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Stuart Mackenzie first appeared on a sketch on Saturday Night Live (1975), although this earlier incarnation of the character had the last name Rankin.
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In the wedding scene, the yellow tartan worn by Rose as bridesmaid is a MacLeod Dress tartan. The men are of course wearing the traditional MacKenzie pattern.
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As mentioned, "So I Married an Axe Murderer" was filmed at the the Dunsmuir Estate. The classic cult horror film "Phantasm" was also filmed there.
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The genesis of the film originated in 1987 when Robert N. Fried met with writer Robbie Fox to discuss story ideas. They ended up talking about the problems they had with women and agreed that "most women appeared to be out to destroy us!" the producer recalled.
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The butcher shop used for "Meats of the World" was Prudente Meats on Grant Street in the North Beach Section of San Francisco. Prior to being Prudente Meats it was known as Jacobi Meats, the oldest Kosher butcher in San Francisco. As of 2018, the building houses a pizzeria.
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To fit both Charlie and his father in the same scene together, the filmmakers used a split-screen process.
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A portrait of Joanne Woodward can be seen on the wall during the hotel scene. This was a leftover prop from Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence," another Columbia production.
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Kim Basinger turned down the role of Harriet Michaels.
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ACTOR_TRADEMARK(Mike Myers): [playing multiple characters]: Mike Myers plays both Charlie and his father.
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During the wedding scene, two banners are hanging on either side of the organ in the front of the church. Their designs are unique to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the American descendent of the Church of Scotland. The green banner on the left symbolizes the Nicene Creed and the brown banner to the right symbolizes the Apostles Creed.
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Charles Grodin and Debi Mazar both have cameos in this movie: Grodin's car is commandeered by Tony at the end of the movie and Mazar is Tony's date when Charlie and Harriet go on a double date. Both Grodin and Mazar also starred in Beethoven's 2nd (1993) the same year as this movie.
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Stuart performs a rendition of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" at the wedding ceremony. Stewart's own father was Scottish.
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For the climactic rooftop fight scene, a 16,224 square-foot replica of the Dunsmuir Mansion's rooftop was built by production designer John Graysmark and shot on ground level; portions of the rooftop set were donated to the Dunsmuir Foundation and were later used in the mansion's renovation.
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They were originally going to film at City Lights Bookstore, but the owner - Lawrence Ferlinghetti - would not allow them to film scenes there, claiming, "I know it's a comedy, but ax murders and City Lights don't go together. Some of my people think the story's sexist."
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Sets for the film were shot on soundstages in warehouses near Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
Both Phil Hartman & Nancy Travis appeared in Greedy (1994).
Mike Myers took time off from Saturday Night Live to film this movie.
In the shooting draft of the screenplay, Harriet was previously married to a German martial arts expert rather than a Russian one. Instead of overhearing two Russian sailors speaking, she overhears a German man proposing to his girlfriend in German.
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