Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta made their names as huge stars as they danced and sang their way through the syrupy sweet tale of high school romance and intrigue.
Somehow, it worked. Grease wasn’t a saccharine pill for the masses, but instead, it touched people’s hearts and became the biggest movie of the year. Here are a few things you may not know about the movie …
12. Nearly No Sandy
Olivia Newton-John wasn’t at all convinced that she should take the role of Sandy when it was offered to her. She thought that when she’d taken the screen test, she’d simply looked too old to play a high school student. It’s a good thing she was wrong – Grease wouldn’t have been the same without her.
11. Nearly Elvis?
Elvis was originally lined up to be the “Guardian Angel” in the movie. However, it’s understood that the King of Rock music was not interested in joining the cast, and when he passed, the part was given to Frankie Avalon, who acquitted himself admirably. Elvis wasn’t missed on set.
10. (No) More Elvis
In a rather creepy coincidence, though, Elvis died during the period in which Grease was being filmed. He would have passed away around the time that “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” was being shot, a scene that included the line, “Elvis Elvis let me be, keep that pelvis far from me”.
9. Surging Surgery!
Anette Charles played the role of Cha Cha, and yet, she wasn’t very well at one point during filming. It was discovered she had an ectopic pregnancy, and she was rushed into hospital! Yet, she had recovered sufficiently later that day to take part in the infamous drag racing scene.
8. The Shot That They Wanted
The most iconic part of the film is the last sequence in which Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta go head-to-head in an incredible dance and sing-off sequence. Despite the complexity of filming this kind of scene, it was all done in a single afternoon. “You’re the one that I want.”