‘Mean Girls’ Director Mark Waters Reveals Wild Unknown Facts About The Movie

‘Mean Girls’ Director Mark Waters Reveals Wild Unknown Facts About The Movie
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You might be able to recite every single line, you might even use the lingo in everyday speak, however, we can guarantee that you don’t know everything there is to know about “Mean Girls.”

In honor of the “Mean Girls” 10 year anniversary slowly creeping around the corner (April 30), the director, Mark Waters, stopped by Vulture to spill 10 unknown facts about “Mean Girls.”

1. Lindsay Lohan was not originally cast as Cady Heron.

Waters and Lohan worked together on the set of 2003 remake, “Freaky Friday.” So, he knew right away that he wanted her for “Mean Girls.” However, he wanted her to play queen bee, Regina George.  Waters said,

“[Lohan's] energy is a very aggressive, testosterone-laden energy, and that’s exactly what I knew I needed for Regina George.”

Lohan jumped at the opportunity. However, in the end Paramount made the decision to cast Lohan as the lead because of the huge success of “Freaky Friday.”


2. Rachel McAdams (Regina George) was up for the part of Cady Heron.

McAdams came in to audition for Cady, while Lohan was still playing the part of Regina. Waters says he remembers McAdams audition:

“I told her, I think you’re a movie star, but you’re way too old for this character.You just aren’t going to be able to play the ingenue.”

Eventually, when Lohan was cast as Cady, McAdams as Regina George was a match made in “Mean Girls” heaven.


3. However, the decision to cast McAdams as Regina George wasn’t that easy.

Apparently McAdams was in big competition with Amanda Seyfried for the part, who of course, eventually got the part of Karen. “We agonized over which one we were going to cast” said Waters.


4. The four way phone call was not as easy as it looked.

Waters said he had to cheat a little bit with four way phone call. The girls all needed to be shot separately so the timing needed to be perfect. To ensure this, Waters said they shot the individual scenes in slow motion.

Since your eyes go to the person talking you would never really notice if one of the other girls was doing a small action in slow motion i.e. rolling their eyes, looking at their nails, etc. Look for it next time you watch the movie!


5. Scarlett Johansson did NOT audition for “Mean Girls.”

There was a rumor circulating that Scarlett Johansson and her famous curves auditioned for the role of Karen. However, Waters says that is not true.


6. “Mean Girls” was supposed to be rated R.

“Mean Girls” had a rating of PG-13 for ”sexual content, language and some teen partying.”  However, that is not what the MPAA originally wanted. Paramount had to fight for the PG-13 rating in a series of battles. The first line they had to change was “Amber D’Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,” which of course became “Amber D’Alessio made out with a hot dog.”

Which they ended up liking better. However, there was line he refused to change and for that we are all grateful: “It’s not my fault I have a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina.”

The ratings board would not budge until Waters used “Anchorman” as an example of sexism. There is one scene where Will Ferrell has an erection, but that movie was given a PG-13 rating. Waters said to the board:

“You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women. And they eventually had to back down.”

Kind of badass, Waters.

For more unknown “Mean Girls” facts check out the full interview here.

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