Adam Sandler sings in a scene from “The Wedding Singer,” 1998.
It is 20 years since we first belted out ’80s ballads while watching “The Wedding Singer.
1998 movie stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
LOOKING BACK AT ADAM SANDLER AND DREW BARRYMORE’S FIRST SCREEN ROMANCE
It follows the story of a broken heart a wedding singer named Robbie Hart (Sandler) who, after getting jilted at the altar — strikes up a friendship with a beautiful, soon-to-be-married waitress named Julia Sullivan (Barrymore), with the pair eventually fall in love.
In honor of the anniversary, here are some things you probably never knew about “The Wedding Singer.”
CARRIE FISHER WORKED ON THE SCRIPT
The late, great Carrie Fisher had many talents. While she was best known for her iconic “Star Wars” role as Princess Leia, Fisher also had a hand in doctoring screenplays for many years.
If “Sister Act,” “Hook” and “Last Action Hero”, the star also worked without credit on “The Wedding Singer.”
David Schwimmer played Ross Geller in “Friends.”
THE ‘FRIENDS’ CONNECTION
Look, it’s probably just a weird coincidence, but it is worth mentioning that many of the “Wedding Singer” members of the cast came as a guest on “Friends.”
Christine Taylor (who played the role of Julia’s best friend Holly) was also Ross’ girlfriend Bonnie in the sitcom — aka the woman who shaved her head while the group was in the beach house.
Christina Pickles was a recurring guest in the entire “Friends” series, the play of Ross and Monica are the dominating mother, Judy Gellar. She displayed many of the same traits as Juliet’s mother in’ The Wedding Singer.”
In the film, Robbie’s rival wedding singer Jimmie Moore is played by Jon Lovitz — who also appear twice on “Friends.” The first time he was with the pot-smoking restaurant owner, who is high as a kite in Monica’s apartment, and later he returned as a total deadbeat with whom Rachel is set up on a blind date.
Angela Featherstone — who plays the girl who jilted Robbie at the altar — also appeared in “Friends.” She was the woman from the copy shop that Ross cheated on Rachel during their infamous “break.”
BILLY IDOL’S SON HAVE HIM THE FILM
Post-punk rocker Billy Idol had a small but memorable role in the film as himself, but initially turns it down.
However, he eventually agreed to due to the fact that Adam Sandler was his young son’s own idol, as Idol explained later, he reasoned that if he was going to end up with the look of “The Wedding Singer,” he might as well be in it too.
It turned out to be a good step in your career.
“I gained a number of diehard teenage fans through doing it, who are adults now and are still turning up to my gigs,” he said.
Sandler also likes the fact that Billy Idol was part of the air-bound proposal scene at the end of the film.
“There’s something about Billy Idol hanging on a plane, knocking back champagne, and to get involved with my love life,” the actor said. “Everyone thought that would be fun.”
THE PLOT WAS INSPIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE REAL PAIN
Sandler’s good friend and longtime collaborator Frank Coraci directed “The Wedding Singer”, and uses his own heartbreak nail the right tone of the film.
“I remember lying in bed and can’t move around, so it was easy to tap into that pretty quickly,” Coraci told The Hollywood News of his own painful experience, that there a few years before the movie was filmed.
“I think the distance between those two things was good. It let me look at it differently and allowed to be funny. I think, if there was happened before The Wedding Singer would have been a seriously depressing movie.”
Adam Sandler told Conan O’brien, “I’m not good at sex.”
THERE IS A GOOD REASON WHY NOT TO HAVE SEX
In contrast to many other rom-coms, “The Wedding Singer” was completely devoid of any form of sexy time.
During an interview on “Late Night with Conan O’brien” in 1998, Sandler explained why.
“The main reason for not having a sex scene is, I’m not good at sex,” he said. “I started when I was quite young and I was always like, ‘You’ll be better.” And now that I’m older and it’s still not good.”
BARRYMORE APPROACHED SANDLER ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER
“The Wedding Singer” was the first of three movies that starred Barrymore and Sandler (they went on to make “50 First Dates” and “Blended”) — and it’s all thanks to her.
The actress told Howard Stern that she initially sought him out.
“[I thought,] I want to have a modern foreign Hepburn, Tracy, old Hollywood couple,” Barrymore said, adding that Sandler agreed to meet with her at what appeared to be “the worst blind date you’ve ever seen.”
She later told The Huffington Post that she was convinced that she and Sandler were “cinematic” soul mates” and told him so. Fortunately he agreed, and soon after the meeting, the pair both signed on for “The Wedding Singer.”
This article originally appeared on the news.com.au.