Amanda Brown published Legally Blonde in 2001, drawing on her real-life experiences as a blonde who attended Stanford Law School while obsessed with fashion and beauty, reading Elle magazine and frequently bumping into the personalities of her peers. [6] Legally Blonde`s broad outline stems from Brown`s experiences as a blonde who went to Stanford Law School while obsessed with fashion and beauty, reading Elle magazine and frequently clashing with the personalities of her peers. In 2000, Brown met producer Marc Platt, who helped her develop her manuscript into a novel. Platt enlisted the help of screenwriters McCullah Lutz and Smith to adapt the book into a film. The project caught the attention of director Luketic, an Australian newcomer who came to Hollywood when his first eccentric short titsiana Booberini was a success. “I had been reading scripts for two years and couldn`t find anything to put my personal stamp on until Legally Blonde appeared,” Luketic said. Witherspoon wore 40 different hairstyles in the film. [22] “Oh my God, it became known as `The Hair That Eat Hollywood,`” Luketiker said. “It was all about the hair. I have this obsession with flyaways.

It would annoy Reese a bit because I always had hairdressers on my face. But really most of the time, the research and testing on set was aimed at getting the right color, because “blonde” is subject to interpretation, I thought. [12] The writers wrote a new ending, which took place at graduation and was filmed at Dulwich College in London, England, while Witherspoon was in that city to shoot The Importance of Being Earnest. Witherspoon had also cut his hair for this film and Wilson had shaved his head for The Royal Tenenbaums. As the two actors had changed their hair for their next films, everyone had to wear wigs for the stage. [32] To remind you who these actors were and to see what they`ve done since then, take a look at our refresh of the cast of Legally Blonde. Producer Marc Platt was fascinated by the character of Elle Woods when she was given an unpublished manuscript of a novel. [8] “What I liked about this story is that it`s hilarious, sexy and challenging,” Platt says. “The world looks at Her and sees someone who is blonde and handsome, but no more. She, on the other hand, does not judge herself or anyone else.

She thinks the world is great, she`s great, everyone is great and nothing can change that. She is truly an irrepressible modern heroine. Legally Blonde is a 2001 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge. The story follows Elle Woods (Witherspoon), a sister who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Davis) by earning a Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School, overcoming stereotypes against blondes, and triumphing as a successful lawyer. The film first ended at the courthouse shortly after Woods won the case, with Elle on the steps of the courthouse sharing a victory kiss with Emmett, and then a year into the future for her and a now blonde Vivian who created her own blonde legal defense club at law school. After the test audience revealed that they didn`t like this ending, McCullah Lutz and Smith consulted luketic, Platt, and other members of the production team while they were still in the movie lobby, and they all agreed that a new conclusion was needed. “It was just a weak ending,” explained screenwriter McCullah Lutz.

“The kiss didn`t feel good to me because it`s not a rom-com – it wasn`t about their relationship. So the test audience said, “We want to see what happens – we want her to pass.” That`s why we rewrote for the diploma. [31] Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel claim that the original ending also included Elle and Vivian, who drank margaritas in Hawaii, with the implication that they were either now best friends or romantically involved, although Smith and McCullah never wrote such an ending. Other proposed endings for the film were a musical number in which Elle, the judge, the jury and everyone in the courthouse burst into song and dance. [13] Stone said Woods had no authority to act as a lawyer when she represented Paulette Bonafonté for custody of her ex-husband`s dog and called her behavior a “major ethical violation.” “She hasn`t graduated from law school yet, she`s never passed the bar, and she has absolutely no right to call herself a lawyer,” Stone noted. “This is called the unauthorized exercise of law. If someone finds out she committed that. While at Harvard Law School, she would likely be barred from entering the bar in virtually every state in the United States. [ 45] Unauthorized practice of law in Massachusetts is punishable by a fine of $100 or imprisonment for up to six months. [47] Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Katherine Heigl, Christina Applegate, Milla Jovovich and Jennifer Love Hewitt were all considered for the lead roles,[12] but Luketic stated that he “knew on page five of the script that [he] wanted Reese to play Her.” [10] “I wanted someone with gravity and brain,” he explained. “There had to be more to the face, and Reese just fit into the bill.” [12] Witherspoon was the first person to read the script, and no other actresses were sent; Casting director Joseph Middleton had also previously worked with Witherspoon on The Man in the Moon and A Far Off Place, so he strongly believed in her for the role when Platt mentioned Witherspoon`s name.