24. There were 40 different drafts of the script before the film finally went into production

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The film’s writer Heywood Gould has been quoted as saying ‘there must have been 40 drafts of the screenplay before we went into production. It was originally with Universal. They put it in turnaround because I wasn’t making the character likeable enough.’

‘And then Disney picked it up, and I went through the same process with them.’ he explained. ‘I would fight them at every turn, and there was a huge battle over making the lead younger, which I eventually did.’ Gould has since agreed that this was a good decision.

23. Some legendary 80s actresses auditioned to be in the film

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Jennifer Grey, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, and Daryl Hannah all either sought or were considered for the role of Jordan, romantic interest to Tom Cruise’s cocky bartender. The part ultimately eventually went to Elizabeth Shue, then best known for her roles in The Karate Kid and Adventures in Babysitting.

Shue was often cast as ‘the girl next door’ character, so playing a more mature love interest was a step in a new direction. She would go on to appear in the Back to the Future sequels, and was Oscar-nominated for her performance in the 1995 movie Leaving Las Vegas.

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