Time flies so fast. Who would’ve thought it was already 20 years ago when Charlie’s Angels starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu dominated the box office with their adaptation of the unforgettable TV series in the 70s? It was McG’s directorial debut and made $264 million.
Charlie’s Angels was a massive success and it’s all thanks to the chemistry among the three main actresses. But did you know that the 2000 version also had its ups and downs? Here, we’re breaking down some of the most intriguing behind-the-scenes that took place 20 years ago:
Drew Barrymore and her best friend Nancy Juvonenco-produced the movie
Back then, the actress was filming Never Been Kissed when she found out that Sony Pictures wanted to reboot Charlie’s Angels. The two BFFs asked for a meeting. Barrymore told Elle, “All they really had at that point was a concept, so we told them what we would want to do, how we would want to cast it, how we see the world, handpicked the director, on and on and on, and we got to make the movie. And it was just the most fun thing in the world.”
Drew Barrymore thought of Cameron Diaz for Natalie’s role
Barrymore and Diaz were friends since they were teens. Diaz told The Morning Call, “Drew called me up and said, ‘I’m doing Charlie’s Angels and you have to do it with me.” “‘She said, ‘It will be girls jumping out of helicopters, driving fast boats, doing kung fu and wearing tons of hot clothes.’ I said, ‘Sign me up.'”
Top Hollywood actresses auditioned for the role of Alex
Guess what? Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, and more auditioned for Alex’s role but it was Lucy Liu who got the role. Diaz told The Morning Call, “We saw a lot of great girls but the chemistry was missing. And then Lucy came into the room and we just went, ‘She’s the one.'”
The original Angels turned down cameos
The producers of the movie got in touched with the original Angels namely Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith to appear for cameos in the movie but they turned down the offers. However, Smith had a walk-on role in the 2003 sequel.
Bill Murray played Bosley but didn’t return for the sequel
Many were wondering why Murray was replaced by Bernie Mac. According to rumors, Murray got into a physical fight with director McG. The Ghostbusters actor denied these during an interview.
“That’s bulls–t! That’s complete crap!” he said. “I don’t know why he made that story up. He has a very active imagination…No! He deserves to die! He should be pierced with a lance, not head-butted.”
He also didn’t get along with Lucy Liu. The actress claimed they have “creative differences”.
The Angels trained with Cheung-yan Yuen
It was hard being an Angel. The three actresses trained for a total of three months with Cheung-yan Yuen, kung-fu master who also trained Keanue Reeves for his role in The Matrix.
Barry more told The Morning Call, “We were so sore after our initial sessions that we went to Cameron’s house, took a bath in Epsom salts and cried.”
One of the movie’s scene was filmed in the house from E.T.
Drew Barrymore was only a little girl when she appeared in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Director McG decided to pay homage to the legendary movie. He told DVD Talk, “I was just trying to find interesting points of synergy and I really wanted to inject the film with a bunch of conversation points. You know? And that was just one of them.”