These two teenagers, Suzie (played by Neve Cambell) and Kelly (played by Denise Richards) accused their counselor, Sam (played by Matt Dillon) of rape. In order to prosecute him, they hired a lawyer (played by Bill Murray) and a detective (played by Kevin Bacon) to investigate the alleged crime. Needless to say, it turned into an erotic filled movie that still has people talking. Now, here are some facts about this movie that you may not know:
1. Kevin Bacon didn’t like the script.
He thought that it was, “the trashiest piece of crap” ever! But that didn’t stop him from participating! He eventually discovered that it wasn’t what it seemed and that, “every few pages, there was another surprise.”
2. Robert Downey Jr. Was set to play Matt Dillon’s role.
Unfortunately, he had plenty of drug issues back then and the film’s insurance didn’t want to handle the liability that he may have caused.
3. Denise Richards failed in her first audition.
They thought she was horrible at first but on her second attempt,s he did much better and they thought that she was beautiful.
4. John McNaughton created beautiful surroundings on purpose.
The filmmaker said, “I wanted it to be beautiful and lush and gorgeous like the movie was a commercial selling you that world.”
5. Bill Murray missed out on the threesome.
He has this to say about it, “I’m the only one that gets out unscathed.”
6. The lies were overwhelming to the cast members.
Kevin Bacon says, “ We’d sit in rehearsals trying to piece together what was going on in the script, whom we were lying to about what, and it’d just get so complicated we’d have to stop and rest.”
7. Accidental Bacon nudity!
Apparently, Kevin Bacon wasn’t going to expose himself and he thought that Dillon was blocking the view of his member. According to McNaughton, “Kevin steps out of the shower and Matt throws him a towel and he catches it and it covers him and he did it in every take but one. It was a little miscue and it didn’t cover him.” When they informed Kevin about the take and how they intended to use it he said, “How do I look?” To which he was told that he looked good and so he said, “No problem.”
Years later, he even made fun of his appearance by releasing this PSA below entitled ‘Free The Bacon’ which encouraged more male actors to do nude scenes.
8. Bacon and Dillon didn’t make it to the shower.
Apparently, these two were intended to do a shower scene together but Dillon said, “Man, I was relieved when they got rid of that scene. Kevin seemed pretty attached to it though. One twist too many, man, one twist too many.”
9. Dead body in a swamp.
When a scene was filmed near a swamp, a dead body rose to the surface and Campbell said, “And so the cops came by and were like ‘You making a movie?’ And we were like ‘Yeah.’ So, they actually, typical Hollywood – held the body next to the dock so it wouldn’t float through the shot so we could finish the scene.”
10. Denise Richard’s breasts were talked about in the meetings.
They were deciding if one or both of her breasts should be revealed. Eventually, they filmed both.
11. Neve Campbell liked kissing Denise Richards.
Campbell reveals, “It was fun. We just sorta went in and did it. Actually, we mixed margaritas and brought a bottle of wine in my trailer and got drunk first.”
12. Kevin Bacon doesn’t want this movie to be taken so seriously.
He thought there should be a disclaimer on the poster that says, ‘We don’t take this too seriously, so we hope that you don’t either.’
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13. They wanted to make a sequel.
McNaughton wanted to make a sequel in 2013 and call it ‘Wild Child Things’. He says, “Something that’s like the child of Suzie Toller. She claimed that Matt Dillon’s character raped her a long time ago and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray’s character had raped her a long time go and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray’s character had a child and they exchange students and things get out of hand.” A lot of maybe’s. Of course, three sequels were made that went straight to DVD but McNaughton didn’t do any of them.
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