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In the film, Miss Rhode Island, who was played by Heather Burns, twirls a fire baton. The Chicago actress had to learn how to twirl a baton for the role, but she quickly shut down the idea of using a fire baton. Luckily, a stunt double was used for that specific scene. 

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On December 22, 2000, “Miss Congeniality” was released in theaters across North America, and the flick helped boost the career of star Sandra Bullock while raking in $212.7 million. The film follows special agent Gracie Hart and her undercover job as a beauty pageant contestant at the Miss United States Pageant. The movie received numerous nominations, including two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Original Song – Motion Picture for Bosson’s “One In A Million.” We take a look at 12 things you probably didn’t know about the flick.

#12 No Fire Baton Twirling For You

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#11 Gracie’s Father Cut

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Edward Herrmann, who won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in “The Practice,” had a cameo in the film as Gracie’s father. Unfortunately, his scene in the film was cut before the official release. The scene was a part of the original trailer.

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#10 Teaming Up Again

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In the film, Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt play special agents Gracie Hart and Eric Matthews trying to prevent a terrorist attack. The two teamed up for the first time in the 1993 film “Demolition Man.” In that film, Bullock played Lieutenant Lenina Huxley, and Bratt played Officer Alfredo Garcia.

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#9 Roles Changed

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Jennifer Gareis, who is best known for her work on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” was originally cast as Miss New Jersey. Unfortunately, her scene in the film was cut, but the director gave her the role of Miss New York’s lover Tina instead.

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In the film, Miss Rhode Island, who was played by Heather Burns, twirls a fire baton. The Chicago actress had to learn how to twirl a baton for the role, but she quickly shut down the idea of using a fire baton. Luckily, a stunt double was used for that specific scene. 

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