Miss Congeniality was one of those films that completely exceeded expectations. Even though it wasn’t popular among critics, it was a huge hit at the box office. The film grossed $ 212 million worldwide and earned a sequel! Oscar-winning actress, Sandra Bullock starred in the action comedy which was responsible for one of her most popular characters, FBI agent, Gracie Hart. Even though it’s been 17 years since the film was released, it remains just as popular today as it was back then, so here’s at look at 9 things you probably didn’t know about Miss Congeniality!
Gilmore Girls actor Edward Herrmann was in the original cut of Miss Congeniality. He was cast in the role of Gracie Hart’s father. The actor can be seen in the film’s first trailer when the two are at a wedding and he turns to Gracie and says, “honey, are you a lesbian?” to which she replies, “I wish.” Sadly, this scene and Herrmann’s entire cameo were cut from the final version of the film.
Sandra Bullock’s role in Miss Congeniality was fairly action-packed and involved a lot of stunt work, but she did almost all of her own stunts. She took combat training (for the scene where she wrestles Bratt) and learned how to handle a semi-automatic weapon. According to stunt coordinator Jack Gill, Bullock was a total natural. “She jumped right in. She picked it up really quick. She listens very well. She’s very athletic.” In the behind-the-scenes footage, Bullock said her most difficult stunt was walking around in heels! “The most difficult thing for me is to actually walk and talk with breasts that aren’t mine and six-inch stiletto heels. That’s my action. The leaping and jumping? That’s no problem. It’s the walking and talking with the breasts that’s going to be my…difficult part,” she joked.
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