20 behind-the-scenes facts about Bridget Jones’s diary
“I love you very much. Just like you are.”
Ding Dong! Bridget Jones Diary, one of the most definitive romantic comedies to debut, officially turns 20!
It’s been a minute since the amiably awkward Bridget Jones first graced us with her candid thoughts.
In recent years, the stars of the film have continued to tour pop culture. Renée Zellweger recently won an Oscar for Judy, Hugh Grant terrified us Cancellation, and Colin Firth starred in the Kingsman movies.
To celebrate one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time turning the big 2-0, let’s review some behind-the-scenes fun facts about Bridget Jones Diary!
Maguire sent between 20 and 30 knitters a knitting challenge to get Mark’s ugly Christmas sweater just right.
In addition to honing an English accent (she’s Texan), Zellweger actually worked as an editing assistant to step into the role and then invited her boss to be an extra in the launch party scene.
The fight scene was meant to be sexy.
Bridget Jones Diary Novelist Helen Fielding asked Salman Rushdie, who is a friend, to make an appearance in the film.
But the snow was wrong because the production crew was actually filming this summer.
Another fact about artificial snow: The production crew filmed Bridget’s family home in the village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, which they covered in fake snow.
The ciggies that Bridget popped were actually herbs.
Bridget’s friend Jude crying in the bathroom might remind you of a certain Harry potter character. Shirley Henderson, who plays Jude, actually portrayed Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets.
His landing on camera hardly made it into the film, however. At first, the crew didn’t film Bridget sliding on camera – but Zellweger herself found a random pole, assembled the camera crew, and slipped onto the camera.
Wine experts have actually blamed the drop in Chardonnay sales for Bridget jones.
The publishing house where Bridget works is called Pemberley Press – Pemberley is owned by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
Fielding has started Bridget jones as a column in The Independent about single life before writing the novel.
That said, some characters in the book and film are based on people in Fielding’s life. Shazza is based on Maguire and Jude was inspired by journalist Tracey MacLeod.
The Darcy Estate is filmed in Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, where Gosford Park and Kingsman: Secret Service were also shot!
Here’s a toast to Bridget Jones, whom we love the way she is. Let us know what’s adorably awkward Bridget jones now is your favorite in the comments below!
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