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'Hairspray': 5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About The Films Before 'Hairspray Live' Airs


(Photo : New Line Cinema) The 2007 film "Hairspray" starred John Travolta, Zac Efron and Queen Latifah. and Nikki Blonsky. How much do you really know about this version of the movie?

"Hairspray" is a classic cult film that has inspired millions of its fans to live life to the fullest, just like the movie's lead character Tracy Turnblad did when she fought against social prejudice.

It has spawned one remake, a hit Broadway play and an upcoming NBC television production titled "Hairspray Live!"

But how much do you know about the two different film versions of "Hairspray?"

Here are five things you may not have realized.

5. Amanda Bynes Had A Lollipop Addiction Throughout Filming

According to IMDB, Amanda Bynes (Penny) ate about 40 lollipops a day while in character on the set of the 2007 film.

Bynes' father, a dentist, was reportedly worried for her dental health.

According to the website, Amanda told her father she was not in fact, eating them all. In reality, she was.

4. Ricki Lake Actually Lost Weight During The 1998 Film

In character as Tracy Turnblad, actress Ricki Lake began rapidly losing weight due to the intense dance lessons she had to take for the film. She reportedly had to "eat like crazy" in order to gain some of the weight back she had shed according to IMDB.

In the film, Turnblad is supposed be heavier than her pals.

3. Michelle Pfeiffer Almost Walked Off The Set Of The 2007 Film

It wasn't until halfway through production of the second version of the film; Michelle Pfeiffer realized that her character of Velma Von Tussle was a racist.

The actress reportedly was worried about what people would think of her taking on such a role, according to IMDB.

The film's director Adam Shankman reportedly eased her fears and she continued her scenes in the movie.

2. Divine Was Not The First Choice To Play Edna Turnblad In The 1988 Film

The role of Edna Turnblad was originally written for famed transsexual Christine Jorgensen revealed IMDB.

Reportedly the role of Tracy had to be rewritten to suit Lake in the role. In doing so, the film's writer and director John Waters also rewrote the role of Edna in order to keep his friend and muse Divine in the production.

1. Zac Efron Was Nikki Blonsky's Choice For The Role Of Linc Larkin

"Hairspray" director Adam Shankman offered the role of Link Larkin to Zac Efron after seeing him in "High School Musical."

In an interview with Nikki Blonsky (Traci Turnblad) and Efron to promote the film, New York Cool asked the actors about working together.

Blonsky revealed that she was stuck on Efron for the part from the start.

"In the third month of call backs, I was watching 'High School Musical' and told my brother, 'Why don't they just cast that kid?' And then I found out that they did!" she revealed in the interview.

Efron commented in the same interview, "That role [Link Larkin] was me. I love singing and dancing parts. I enjoyed playing Link and Troy Bolton in 'High School Musical' because they are both nice guys."

"Hairspray Live" debuts on NBC on Dec. 7, 2016.


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Sep 02, 2016 10:20 AM EDT