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Unbelievable Secrets The Producers Of “Grease” Didn’t Want Fans To Know

The movie Grease, based on the musical of the same name is a film that has proven to withstand time and culture. The story revolves around original tough guy, Danny, and nice girl Sandy, who have a summer romance and unexpectedly find themselves as Rydell High classmates in the 1950s. 

With a $6 million budget and an almost $400 million box office, it is still the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. Here are some facts about this iconic film you probably didn’t know!

Although Grease may be the word, it’s never even said once throughout the entire script. 

Only the word greased (with a “d”) is sung in the song “Greased Lightnin'”.  

In “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”, Rizzo Sings, “Elvis, Elvis, let me be, keep that pelvis far from me”, while looking at a picture of him. 

This scene was shot on August 16th, 1977, the day Presley died. When Carr first bought the film rights to Grease, he envisioned Elvis as Danny and Ann-Margaret as Sandy.

After the huge success of the first movie, they decided to make three sequels.

However, after Grease 2 bombed at the box office, those plans were swiftly cancelled.

In fact, the hit song wasn’t even written until the film was halfway done, and it wasn’t recorded and filmed until everything else was complete. 

That didn’t stop it from receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, though.

We don’t know about you, but “You’re The One That I Want,” is one of our favorite scenes from the whole movie…

And shockingly enough, it only took just an afternoon to film!

Kenickie had a thing for Sandy. Well, sort of… Jeff Conaway had a crush on Olivia Newton-John during filming. He later married her sister. 

Rest assured, their flimsy yet intricate dynamic made for one or two cringe-worthy conversations at the family BBQ.

The facade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School, and… 

The field is John Marshall High School.

All the background dancers were named, which doesn’t always happen in films. 

Credits might list background dancer #1, or background dancer #2. The dancers in “Grease” were named Bart, Bubba, Moose, and Sauce.

One of the most well-known scenes and songs from the film, “You’re The One That I Want”, wasn’t all fun and games. 

Olivia Newton-John was extremely afraid of that scene and John Travolta had to convince his co-star to carry through with the song and film.

They might have played high schoolers, but the characters were much older IRL: 

John Travolta was 23, Oliva Newton-John was 28, Stockard Channing was 33, Jeff Conaway was 26, Michael Tucci was 31, Kelly Ward was 20, Didi Conn was 25, Jamie Donnelly was 30, Barry Pearl was 27, and Dinah Manoff was 19.

Originally, Coca-Cola had a product placement deal with the movie, but the deal fell through during production. 

Producers couldn’t take the products out, so they blurred out all Coca-Cola appearances.

 In the movie, Danny’s blue wind-breaker was meant to be a nod to James Dean. 

You can see the resemblance in John right here. 

Cha Cha aka Anette Charles was in the hospital during filming, but she checked herself out to film the drag racing scene. 

She had to have emergency surgery that night for an ectopic pregnancy.

The actress was unsure she could pass for a high school student, so she asked for a screen test before she took the role. 

When she saw that she played a convincing high-schooler, she took the part.

Can you think of a group who Sonny (Michael Tucci), Doody (Barry Pearl) and Putzie (Kelly Ward) resemble? 

The guys asked the director to play tribute to The Three Stooges, and it was added into the film during the bonfire scene.

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” 

To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her strands dark brown.

Right before the street race, Danny and Kenickie hug, but quickly comb their hair and look away like they never hugged it out big time. 

Jeff Conaway was the one who had the idea to blow off the embrace because he insisted two males would never have hugged in the 50s.

 For the carnival scene at the end, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her pants: “They sewed me into those pants every morning for a week,” she said.

“Believe me, I had to be very careful about what I ate and drank. It was excruciating… It was 106 degrees on the set for the carnival finale.”

In the stage production of “Grease,” Danny doesn’t get the honor of signing the song, “Greased Lightning”. 

The song was in fact sung by Kenickie. However, when it came to filming, John Travolta convinced producers that he was more fit for the job.

Originally, Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, was up for the role of Rizzo. 

However, when Ball called to say that her daughter was too good to audition for the part, producers opted for a different actor.

The first time John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John met was at Olivia’s home.

Travolta had been a huge fan of Olivia and was rather star struck when the first encounter actually took place.

During the filming of “Greased Lightning”, Jeff Conaway was dropped and seriously injured his back. 

The injury led to Conaway’s abuse of prescription drugs.

Those hickeys weren’t the work of a skilled makeup artist. 

They were authentic and given to the actress by Jeff Conaway, (who played Kenickie), because the actor insisted that the marks be real.

After the drag racing scene, many cast members got sick because the water was stagnant and filled with contaminated bacteria.

That could not have been pleasant. 

Henry Winkler–who played Fonzie on “Happy Days”–was offered the role of Danny Zuko. 

Winkler turned down the part though because he felt the character was too similar to Fonzie.

While in the stage version, Sandy is an American girl with the last name of “Dumbrowski”, directors decided to make her Australian after the decision to cast Australian native, Olivia Newton-John was made.

You can’t hide an accent like hers!

T-Birds weren’t supposed to be called T-Birds. In fact, the broadway musical coined the gang with the name, “Burger Palace Boys.”

The name change was a happy one. 

Yup, you heard that right. John Travolta was cast as Doody (not Danny) in the broadway musical, “Grease.” 

Several other characters from the famous film also starred as other characters in the musical.

The title song, “Grease,” which can be heard during the opening credits of the movie was sung by Frankie Valli.

The hair is as important here as it was in the movie. 

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

It’s all about the angles. 

Marty, played by actress Dinah Manoff, claimed to lack rhythm and said she could not dance. 

That is why you will rarely see her character involved in any of the music numbers.

The temperature got to 116 degrees during the filming of the Rydell Prom Scene. 

In fact, a few extras were even treated for heat-related illnesses during filming.


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