It’s hard to believe by today’s standards, but the movie Wild Things was seen as a taboo film when it was released in 1998. Featuring one iconic hot tub scene between the three leads, which included a scintillating kiss between two very popular starlets, and that was all the film needed to lock its cult-like status. Today, it might look a bit campy and the shared kiss between Denise Richards and Neve Campbell is far from shocking in today’s landscape, but the film still has its pop-cult merit.
At the time of the film’s release, that hot tub scene was all anyone could talk about. Now, almost 20 years later, we’ve uncovered a few other fun facts about the production.
Slide on over to fact 10 to start this wild ride.
10. Robert Downey Jr. Was Almost In The Film
Before he was Iron Man , actor Robert Downey Jr. was up for the role that Matt Dillon went on to play. At the time, his career was floundering as he was still chasing his demons with drug abuse. He missed out on the role because production thought he would be a liability.
Think this is a wild fact? Head on over to slide 8.
9. These Two Actors Almost Shared A Nude Scene
Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon were supposed to get down and dirty in a shower scene that never made it in the film. The two actors were supposed to share a shower together, but according to Dillon, production decided to get rid of that scene. The actor was not-so-secretly relieved.
8. Kevin Bacon Almost Didn’t Do The Movie
Kevin Bacon was one of the biggest stars when the film was released, but did you know he almost walked away from the lead role? It’s said he thought the script was “the trashiest piece of crap” ever! So what hooked him in? According to the actor, it was the shock element of the script.
Are you shocked yet? Head on over to slide 6 for another surprising fact.
7. The Script Was Mentally Exhausting
According to the cast, the script was so surprising and so twisted that they had to take a break from reading the script. The cast would try to figure out what was going to happen before they read through the whole script but it was so twisted that it mentally exhausted them.
6. Denise Richards’ Horrible Audition
Denise Richards was one of the most alluring things about Wild Things but she almost wasn’t cast in the film! It’s said that Richards almost missed out on the role of Kelly Van Ryan after she botched her audition. After production brought her in for a second read, she totally nailed it!
Crazy to think that Denise Richards might not have made it, right? Head on over to slide 4 for another twist.
5. A Dead Body Wound Up On Set
During filming, reality imitated art when a dead body rose up to the surface of a swamp while cameras were rolling. Due to the circumstances, cops came by and asked if the crew was making a movie. Before they handled the body, the cops actually held the body back so it wouldn’t float into their shot.
4. Was Bill Murray Almost In The Hot Tub Scene?
Did Bill Murray almost make it into that wild threesome in the hot tub? Not quite! Murray played Ken Bowden in the film and for the actor, his tame role wasn’t getting him in on the action. Murray explained to cameras, “Although I’m twisted, I’m the nicest guy in the thing. I miss everything but I’m in on it. I’m the only one that gets out of it unscathed.”
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3. Denise Richards’ Breasts Were A Topic Of Discussion
Denise Richards was such a bombshell during that time that execs couldn’t help but talk about her breasts during a production meeting, but it’s not what you think. There was a big debate in the room whether or not Richards should show one breast in the film or both.
2. Neve Campbell Enjoyed Her Kiss With Denise Richards
There was much to do about the kiss Neve Campbell shared with Denise Richards. As it turns out, Neve really enjoyed kissing Denise and didn’t mind doing it as long as she was drunk. According to the actress, “It was fun. We just sorta went in and did it. Actually, we mixed margaritas and brought a bottle of wine in my trailer and got drunk first.”
1. Kevin Bacon Didn’t Intend To Expose Himself
Going into filming, Kevin Bacon didn’t know that he was going to expose himself. As the story goes, Bacon was unaware that actor Matt Dillon wasn’t blocking his privates when his character came out of the shower. In the scene, Dillon tosses him a towel and Bacon covers himself but according to director John McNaughton, it was a “miscue.”
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