10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Footloose

It’s back! Yep we’re right back at you with another edition of our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About blog posts! Oh how we’ve missed them 🙂
This time around we’ve let our feet lead the way as we’re celebrating the 31st anniversary of the release of one of the most famous and loved dancing themed films ever….Footloose!
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Yep as hard as it might be to even begin to think about, Footloose first hit the screens back in 1984 and has been a cheesy dance icon ever since. Earning a number of nominations including Best Music, Original Song (Oscar), Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Golden Globe) and even winning a Best Album of Instrumental Score (Grammy) it’s easy to see just how much of a retro legend this 80s flick is.

So! Dust of those dancing shoes and take a trip with us back to 1984 as we dig out and reveal our top 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Footloose. Enjoy!

1- Footloose is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and extremely religious farming town of Elmore City, Oklahoma back in 1978. Dancing had been banned for nearly 90 years until a group of high school teens challenged it, winning the right to have dancing at their prom.
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2- The dancing feet in the opening credit sequence contained many of the film’s cast and crew. Over 150 different pairs of feet were shot in all. The dancer with the gold shoes was actually singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins.
3- Doing some research for the role, Bacon posed as a high-school student in Provo, Utah, near where the movie was filmed. Only the principal and guidance counselor knew his true identity.
“It was very much like my experience in the movie. A lot of the kids were hostile and the girls did a lot of giggling. People bumped into me in the halls. One kid, who was a lot like Chris Penn’s character, was sweet and supportive. Basically I was terrified.”
4- When the movie was first released, Kevin did a Russian Jump at the end while dancing. This has since been cut from the movie but can be seen sometimes on some older copies
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5- Good call! Kevin was offered the leading role for the Stephen King movie Christine (1983), at the same time that he was asked to do a screen test for Footloose (1984). The producers had to convince Bacon that turning down a sure role in “Christine” for a part he might not even get in ‘Footloose’ was the wiser choice. The producers told him that if he got the part, the role would make him a star. 30 seconds into the screen test, Bacon was offered the part!
6- The scenes where Chris Penn’s character had to learn how to dance were added to the script because Penn really could not dance and had to be taught.
7- Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were both slated to play the lead. The casting directors were impressed with Cruise because of the famous underwear dance sequence in ‘Risky Business’ (1983), but he was unavailable for the part because he was filming American Football film ‘All the Right Moves’ (1983).
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8- Kevin Bacon actually broke out in hives around his middle when he had to film the City Council scene where he makes the case for holding a prom dance. He says he has never liked public speaking and this has never happened since.
9- The big dance finale almost didn’t happen!  The rock-out ending is one of the film’s most memorable scenes, but the studio initially didn’t have enough money for the lavish setup and instead closed the movie with a slow-motion dance sequence. Audiences gave it a thumbs down in test screenings, so six weeks before the premiere, they raised more money, hired new dancers, and re-shot the finale.
10- Frances Lee McCain, who plays Ren’s mother, is actually only fourteen years older than Kevin.
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So there you have them folks! Learn something new? Got something you can teach us? Let us know by leaving a comment below.See you next time!

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10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Friends

Ahh wow it’s all coming back now! Can you believe this May (6th) will mark the ten year anniversary since the last ever Friends episode?!? Kinda scary thought we know but while this classic cult show is sadly long gone, our love for it and its spirit is still very much alive and kicking.

Celebrate the arrival of some amazing new Friends Mugs into the TruffleShuffle collection with a few perhaps lesser known bits of Friends trivia in our big 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Friends feature.

Enjoy!

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1. The iconic orange couch in Central Perk was found by a set designer in the basement of the Warner Bros. Studios.

friends sofa

2. The six friends had a private huddle backstage before every single episode. They wouldn’t allow anyone or any cameras in the room while they prepped for the show.

3. Friends co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are also co-writers of the show’s theme song “I’ll Be There For You” by the Rembrants.

Marta Kauffman and David Crane

4. The big white dog in Joey and Chandler’s apartment belonged to Jennifer Aniston. A friend gave it to her as a good luck gift when she got her role on the show.

5. The frame around the peephole originally had a mirror in it. It was accidentally broken by a crew member, but because it still looked good, they decided to leave it there.

6. Gunther was not originally a speaking part; the actor, James Michael Tyler, got the role as an extra because he knew how to work an espresso machine.

7. In the episode where Phoebe, Monica and Rachel were on the balcony and Rachel knocks the pillow over the edge – that wasn’t ever supposed to happen, they just ran with it after it fell off.

The One with George Stephanopoulos

8. The ages of the cast when the show premiered….

9. Originally Matthew Perry (Chandler) was offered the role in “Lost in Space”. He declined and tipped the casting people about Matthew LeBlanc and that is how Matt got the part.

10. The final episode was watched by 52.46 million viewers and is the fourth most-watched television series finale in U.S. history.

Help spread the love and keep the spirit alive with our amazing range of Friends merchandise including Friends Central Perk Mugs and of course some snazzy Friends T-Shirts. Take a peep 🙂

Boxed Friends Central Perk Mug
Boxed Friends Central Perk Mug

Friends Central Perk Travel Mug
Friends Central Perk Travel Mug

Friends Ross And Rachel On A Break Mug
Friends Ross And Rachel On A Break Mug

Friends T-Shirt
Ladies Friends Vintage T-Shirt

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