[Movies] Director Mark Waters Reveals Lindsay Lohan Didn't Want Her Role In Mean Girls Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.06.2014
Among other facts...
- This is the tenth anniversary of Mean Girls and to celebrate, director Mark Waters spoke to Vulture and revealed some facts about the film. Here are highlights:
On Lindsay Lohan not wanting to play the lead: "Her energy is a very aggressive, testosterone-laden energy, and that's exactly what I knew I needed for Regina George. When I gave it to her, she was like, 'I fucking love Regina George! This is exactly the part I want to play.' So we did a read-through, and we were trying to look for somebody to play the role of Cady, but frankly, we didn't find anyone we liked who felt strong enough to go up against Lindsay. [Freaky Friday] was a much bigger hit than we expected it to be. Sherry Lansing, who was heading Paramount at the time, told us, 'We have to have Lindsay play the lead in Mean Girls. It's just not going to work having her play the villain, because she now has an audience that won't accept that.' Lindsay kind of begrudgingly said, 'Okay, I guess I'll play the lead. At least I get to have more lines.'"
On if Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the film: "That's not right. I did test her for something, but not Mean Girls — I actually tested Scarlett for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, when I was going to direct it with Owen Wilson in the lead, and she definitely would have booked the part. We had four really big actresses test — I'm not going to say who else — and she came in and nailed it, and Owen and I were in love with her. But then Hurricane Katrina hit and we ended up losing our sets, and we tried to reconfigure it for Toronto and we couldn't do it."
On the MPAA wanting to give the film an R rating: "We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, 'Amber D'Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,' which eventually became 'Amber D'Alessio made out with a hot dog.' Which is somehow weirder! That's the thing we found: When you're trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even. The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, 'We can't give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.' We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, 'You're only saying this because it's a girl, and she's talking about a part of her anatomy. There's no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.' And they eventually had to back down."