10 Movie Facts You Didn’t Know About Bridget Jones Diary.
4. The film is based on the novel by Helen Fielding, which is taken from an anonymous column.
Bridget Jones Diary is based on the 1996 Helen Fielding novel of the same name.
A novel which was inspired by an anonymous column Fielding wrote about single life in London during The independent.
In the foreword to the book, Fielding wrote: “The independent asked me to write a column, like me, about single life in London. Even though I needed the money, the thought of writing about myself in this way seemed hopelessly embarrassing and revealing. ”
“I offered to write an anonymous column instead, using a fictional, comical, and exaggerated character. I assumed no one would read it, and it would be dropped after six weeks for being too dumb.
5. A character in the film was based on one of Helen Fielding’s best friends.
Bridget’s friend Shazzer is actually based on Fielding’s friend Sharon Maguire, who also happens to be the director of the film.
“I’m thrilled to be in the book, especially since Shazzer is so much more spiritual than I am,” Maguire said. The telegraph in 2001.
“The only thing is you go to parties and worry that people will expect you to be funnier than you really are.”
6. Renee Zellweger worked undercover at the London Publishing House to prepare for the role.
To prepare for the role of Bridget, who works at a London publishing house, Zellweger accepted an undercover job at London publishing house Picador for three weeks.
During this time, she went under the alias of Bridget Cavendish.
“We came up with a plan: she would be Bridget Cavendish, Bridget for obvious reasons and Cavendish because she was to be presented as the sister of Jonathan Cavendish, friend of one of the presidents of our company”, Camilla Elworthy, reporter at Picador Told The Guardian.
“That last part at least is true, and no one was to know that Jonathan Cavendish was one of the film’s producers. “
7. The film wasn’t exactly an instant hit.
While Bridget Jones Diary is without a doubt a cult classic, it wasn’t always loved the way it is today.
Well, not at the beginning at least.
Eric Fellner, one of the film’s producers, told the Los Angeles Times, “We had a screening here in the UK which didn’t go very well, and it was quite difficult in the editing room.”
“Then there was this preview in New York, and I was hiding behind my back, thinking it was going to be a disaster,” he added.
“But in the end, people were ecstatic. It went from something we were very scared of to a hit movie.”