10 Things You Didn’t Know About Clueless Source:

“Clueless” is one of those amazing films from the ‘90s that we can still appreciate today. There is just so much to love about it, including the fashion, the dialogue and the characters. It has been 20 years since the film first debuted at the theatre and we still can’t help but reminisce about it. It was such a different time then. The film seemed to launch Alicia Silverstone’s career; however, none of the films that she has done since have been that successful. Since we really think “Clueless” is one of the best movies to come out of the ‘90s, let’s take a look at some little known facts about the movie.


Paul Rudd auditioned for three other roles – that of Murray, Christian and Elton. When he auditioned for the role of Murray, he was under the impression that the character was a white guy who tried to act like a rapper. Source:


Reese Witherspoon auditioned for the role of Cher, but didn’t get it. Other actresses considered for the role included Alicia Witt, Tiffani Thiessen, Keri Russell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Source:


Terrence Howard was up for the role of Murray and he actually made it pretty far in the auditions. He ended up losing out to Donald Faison though. Source:


Jeremy Renner was reportedly close to landing the role of Travis and he is also said to have auditioned to play Christian and Josh. Source:


The movie “Clueless” was initially going to be a Fox TV. It went through several names before Paramount picked it up and decided to turn it into a movie, one of the names being No Worries.” Source:


Writer/director Amy Heckerling got a lot of her inspiration for “Clueless” from Jane Austin’s novel “Emma.” Source:


To create the movie’s dialogue, Amy Heckerling sat in on some classes at high schools in Beverly Hills. Source:


A slew of actors and actresses tried out for parts in the film. Zooey Deschanel auditioned for the role of Amber and Cher; Owen Wilson for Travis; Leah Remini for Tai; Seth Green for Travis; and Lauryn Hill for Dionne. Sources:


Casting for the role of Christian was the most difficult because it required a lot of subtlety. The audience wasn’t supposed to immediately know that he is gay. Source:


Alicia Silverstone didn’t have to audition for the role of Cher. Amy Heckerling was convinced that she was perfect for the part after she saw her in Aerosmith’s music video for “Crying.” Source:
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