If you say you don’t spend some weekends holed-up watching everyone’s favorite movie, Legally Blonde, then you’re probably telling a massive lie. We’re so obsessed with Legally Blonde, in fact, that we have seen it (approximately) two million times and can pretty much quote it all by heart. And the news that the film was supposed to have a completely different ending has shocked us and has us feeling very relieved that test audiences ultimately didn’t like it. While recently speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the flick’s co-writer Karen McCullah said, “Originally it ended at the courthouse right after the trial. Everyone was congratulating Elle, and Emmett came up, and gave her a big kiss.”
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“Then there was a tag where it was a year in the future and she and [Elle’s friend] Vivian, who was now blonde, had started the Blonde Legal Defense Fund and they were in the [Harvard] quad handing out pamphlets. The kiss made it seem like it was a rom-com. They knew that this was not a movie about a girl getting a guy,” McCullah continued. She then revealed that she and the film’s director Robert Luketic and producer Marc Platt spent hours writing the graduation speech. “The whole movie is painstakingly written over many drafts in two years and then the ending is quick,” McCullah explained.
McCullah then added that it was difficult to shoot the amended scene, due to the fact that the cast was off filming different commitments. “At that point [Reese Witherspoon] was in England shooting The Importance of Being Earnest. She’d cut off her hair because it had gotten damaged from all the hot rollers, so they put her in a wig… Luke [Wilson] had on a wig because he’d shaved his head for The Royal Tenenbaums.”
She told Entertainment Weekly, “The whole graduation scene [was] shot in London, but all the reaction shots were in Burbank in a soundstage. If you look really closely, you’ll notice the lighting’s a little bit different. But the new ending was way more satisfying.”
This post was written by Polly Foreman. It originally appeared on our sister site, Heat World.