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17 Things Producers Of Grease Hid From Fans…

So, you think you’re a huge fan of the iconic movie musical Grease?! You may think you know all the interesting and obscure trivia surrounding this beloved project?! Think again!

Prepare to have your mind blown when you find out how many behind-the-scenes dramas, last-minute changes and casting shake-ups the producers have kept SECRET for all this time UNTIL NOW!

     Read on to find out 17 things that the producers of Grease have kept hidden from fans for almost 40 years! IF you think you can handle it…

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#17. “From The Hospital, To The Set and Back Again” …

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Annette Charles ( who played Cha Cha )  had to check herself out of the HOSPITAL to film the famous drag racing scene! Unfortunately, she was rushed back immediately after for emergency surgery – because of an ectopic pregnancy.

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#16. “Jamie Donnelly Dyed Before Filming”…

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Although she was cast as a high school kid named “Jan“, actress Jamie Donnelly was already going grey because she had to dye her hair brown to look the part!

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# 15. “The Coke Secret”…

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Coca-Cola originally signed a product placement agreement, but the deal ended up falling through. Because re-filming would have been too expensive, the producers simply blurred out all appearance of Coca-Cola’s logo!

#14. “Rizzo’s Hickey’s Were For Real-zzos”…

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Were you impressed by the make-up artists who faked Rizzo’s hickeys? Don’t be. John Conaway (who played Kenickie )insisted that the hickeys needed to be real, so he gave them to “Rizzo’s” Stockard Channing himself. Talk about a Method actor!

#13. “Lucille Black-Balled”…

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Lucie Arnaz, daughter of funny-woman Lucille Ball, was in consideration for Rizzo. Her chances were shot because Ball told the producers that her daughter shouldn’t have to audition!

#12. “This Grease Needs More Grease”…

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Actress Dinah Manoff was cast in the role of “Marty” despite her complete lack of rhythm. To accommodate Manoff’s two left feet, Marty isn’t involved in any of the film’s dance numbers!

#11. “A Different Kind Of Coach”…

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Coach Calhoun was almost played by Harry Reems, best known for starring in 1972’s pornographic Deep Throat. That might have bumped the movie’s rating from PG-13 to R!

#10. “You’re The Water That I Want”…

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Filming the drag racing scene turned out to be hazardous to the cast’s health; many of the actors fell sick due to bacteria-laden water on set!

#9. “He Got Chills”…

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Fellow actors dropped John Conaway during the shooting of “Greased Lightnin’,” seriously injuring the actor’s back and leading to his longtime prescription drug abuse!

#8. “Danny Wasn’t The Tallest Greaser”…

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The film’s producers thought it was important that Danny was taller than Kenickie. The problem? He wasn’t. John Conaway often had to slouch during filming to look shorter than John Travolta!

#7. “The Most Popular Scene Took Just One Take”…

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Despite being one of the most iconic film scenes of all time, “You’re the One That I Want” took just a single afternoon to film!

#6. “A Life Changing Experience”…

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Danny and Sandy’s romance may be the film’s major plot line, but in actuality the actor who played Kenickie had a crush on Sandy’s Olivia Newton-John. Oddly enough, Jeff Conaway went on to marry Newton-John’s sister!

#5. “An Impromptu Innuendo In Elvis’s Pelvis’s Honor”…

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An innuendo-laden lyric in “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee”–“Elvis Elvis let me be, keep that pelvis far from me“–was added in to honor Elvis, who passed away the day the scene was filmed!

#4. “They Gave Credit To The Little Guy”…

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Even if they didn’t have any lines, all of the background dancers in the film were given names in the credits– such as “Bubba” and “Moose.”!

“The Cast Was WAY Too Old For Highschool”…

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Although Grease was set in high school, all of the actors were long past graduation; the oldest high schooler, Stockard Channing, was already 33!

“Look At Me, I’m Sandra… May-be”…

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Already almost 29 years old at the time of filming, Olivia Newton-John wasn’t sure she could pass as a high schooler; she didn’t take the part until she saw the proof from her screen test!

“Grease…The CARTOON?”…

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Grease was almost an animated feature! While the producers ultimately decided against it, they kept the credits animated as an homage!

“No Hug’s Allowed”…

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Danny and Kenickie’s non-hug was devised by Jeff Conaway, who insisted that two guys in the 1950s wouldn’t have embraced!

“Sandy” Had To Be SEWN Into Her Outfit”…

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Olivia Newton-John’s show-stopping outfit during the carnival scene was so skin-tight she had to be sewn into the pants each day–and all in 106 degree weather!

“The ORIGINAL Greased Lightnin'”…

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While Kenickie sings “Greased Lightnin'” in the original stage musical rather than Danny, John Travolta convinced the producers he should have the honor in the film!

“Grease Paid Homage To Three Stooges”…

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The characters of Sonny, Doody and Putzie were used to pay tribute to another famous trio during the film’s bonfire scene: the iconic Three Stooges!

“That Time John Travolta Was Star-Struck”…

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Prior to filming, John Travolta was a big fan of Olivia Newton-John–so much so that he was quite star-struck when the pair first met at Olivia’s house!

“Heeeeey, Sandy”…

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Henry Winkler almost got the role of Danny, but Happy Days’ Fonzie turned down the opportunity because he felt the parts were too similar!

“Sandy’s Part Was Re-Written”…

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Sandy is an American with the surname “Dumbrowski” in the stage musical, but she was changed to Sandy Olsson from Australia for the film after Australian Olivia Newton-John was cast!

“Don’t Grease That Lightin’ Just Yet”…

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Remember how Danny was holding plastic wrap during “Greased Lightnin'”? Consider it an ad for safe sex as it was meant to symbolize condoms!

“The Burger Palace Boys”…

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The T-Birds moniker was yet another change from the original stage musical, and it was quite an upgrade depending on who you ask; the group was supposed to be nicknamed the Burger Palace Boys!

“When Travolta Played “Doody”…

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Danny or Doody? Like many of the film’s cast, John Travolta appeared in the Broadway version of Grease, but as side character “Doody” instead of star Danny!

“The Unseen Yet FAMOUS Voice Behind The Intro Song”…

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The song that shares the film’s name and plays over the credits wasn’t sung by any of cast members; instead, it was voiced by the Four Seasons’ crooner Frankie Valli!

“Grease’s Prom Was Hotter than yours”…

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The scene of the Rydell Prom was white hot–literally. Temperatures reached 116 degrees during filming, and several extras even needed medical attention!

“Grease Had Profane Origins”…

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As daring as the movie might be, stage production was even grittier; the co-writers of the play drew inspiration from an urban high school in Chicago, and their script included raunchy antics and plenty of profanity!

“Princess Sandy?”…

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Think Carrie Fisher was the perfect Princess Leia? She was almost the ideal Sandy, too. Director Randal Kleiser was George Lucas’ college roommate and seriously considered the space princess for the leading role!

“Osmand Almost Played Sandy”…

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Marie Osmond came even closer to being Sandy than Carrie Fisher, but as a strict Mormon, Osmond wasn’t on board with Sandy’s bad-girl makeover!

“Travolta WITH A Cause”…

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Danny’s blue windbreaker in the film’s opening scenes is an homage to the one worn by cinema’s original bad boy: James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause!

“Beach Boys Were ALMOST in The Movie”…

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Allan Carr ( producer ) originally envisioned the Beach Boys making a cameo appearance to perform “Greased Lightnin’.”!

From Teen Angel To Real Angel”…

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Elvis was first slated to be the Teen Angel, but when he passed away as filming was going on, Frankie Avalon got the role!

“Avalon Was Afraid Of Heights”…

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Frankie Avalon had a huge fear of heights, which meant that producers had to scramble to make the “Beauty School Dropout” scene work; ultimately, Avalon agreed to film it if mattresses were placed alongside the stairs!

“Bubble Gum Drop-Out”…

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As much as the characters in Grease chewed gum, the actors chewed more–a lot more. The cast went through a reported 100,000 pieces of the sticky stuff during filming!

“Grease 2 Ruined Everything”…

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Plans for a franchise of three movies and a television series were scrapped because the Michelle Pfeiffer-starring sequel, Grease 2, flopped!

“The Time Travolta Saved The Day”…

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Olivia Newton-John experienced major stage fright prior to the filming of “You’re the One That I Want;” only John Travola’s convincing made movie magic happen!

“The Actors Got Sick On Set”…

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The carnival scene was also rough on the actor who played Eugene; Eddie Deezen got so dizzy on the spinning top ride that producers had to pause filming so that he could be sick!

“Hopelessly Devoted Was Added Last Minute”…

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“Hopelessly Devoted to You” may be one of the film’s most memorable songs, but the Oscar nominated tune almost didn’t make it into the movie; it was added at the last minute!

“Gerald Ford’s Son Washed Out Of Filming”…

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Because Steven Ford–Gerald Ford’s son–had no lines but STILL couldn’t handle the role of Sandy’s jock boyfriend Tom, the part ended up going to Lorenzo Lamas!

“Grease Was Called “Vaselina” In Mexico”…

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Think Grease is a catchy name? In Venezuela and Mexico, the movie was renamed Vaselina!

“Grease Started Out As The Underdog”…

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Grease was made on the same lot as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and everyone at the time thought that the latter was going to be the huge hit!

“Jack Nicholson Complained About Noise On The Set Of Grease”…

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Both Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson had an issue with Grease because the loud rehearsals interrupted Beatty and Nicholson’s writing process in the office next door!

“Sandy’s Makeover Made Her Unrecognizable”…

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Because Olivia Newton-John’s makeover at the end of the movie is so dramatic – even director Randal Kleiser didn’t recognize her. He thought Newton-John was an extra when he saw her at the beginning of shooting!

“Grease Filmed At A REAL Carnival”…

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The final carnival scene had to be shot so quickly because filming took place at a real carnival–and it was only in town for one day!

“The Violent Scene”…

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In the diner, Kenickie and Rizzo allude to a fight, but the incident is never explained. In actuality, that scene was cut from the final film because the producers felt it was too violent!

“There Were Extra Songs In The Background”…

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“Grease” cut several numbers from the stage musical. Many of these songs are played in the background of the movie on the jukebox or at the prom!

“Critics Initially HATED Grease”…

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While it may be a part of film canon today, critics at the time hated Grease, with one reviewer stating that it “should really be covered on the obituary page.”