Adam Shankman made Zac Efron make out with the picture frame in the "Without Love" sequence for over an hour.
This film brings together John Travolta who starred in Grease (1978), and Michelle Pfeiffer who starred in Grease 2 (1982).
With $27.5 million, this had the best opening ever for a movie musical until Mamma Mia! (2008).
This film reunites Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken; they had previously appeared together as villains in Batman Returns (1992).
The "Nicest Kids in Town" are; Amber Von Tussle, Brad, Tammy, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou-Ann, Joey, Mickey, Vicki, Becky, Bix, Jessie, Darla, Paulie, Noreen, Doreen, Link Larkin and when Brenda leaves, Tracey Turnblad.
Actor Dermot Mulroney plays cello on the soundtrack along with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra.
Rumors circulated that Jesse McCartney and Lucas Grabeel were in the running for the role of Link Larkin before eventually going to Zac Efron.
Cameo: (Rikki Lake) Talent Agent at Corny Collins Show.
Adam Shankman offered the role of Link Larkin to Zac Efron after seeing him in _High School Musical (2006)_.
Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theater on August 15, 2002 and has had 2375 performances as of May 2008.
In the scene in which Prudy Pingleton reads the bible out loud to herself, she is reading from Genesis 19:30-38, in which Lot's daughters do indeed make their father drunk and then conceive children with him.
After Penny and Seaweed fall in love, she sings, "And if they try to stop us, Seaweed/We'll call the N-double A-CP," a nod to the fact that until the 1967 initiation of the Supreme Court litigation that became the Loving v. Virginia decision, interracial marriage was illegal in 17 states, including Maryland. This film is set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962, so Seaweed and Penny's relationship was not just unusual or taboo but in fact grounds for imprisonment.
In a classroom scene a teacher mentions that Everest is not Earth's highest geographical point. She asks what the actual highest point is and there isn't time for an answer before the bell. The answer is Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador, which is the furthest point from the Earth's center, but closer to local sea level than Everest. (The Earth bulges at the equator.)
Cameo: (John Waters) (The flasher in the opening 'Good Morning Baltimore' sequence.)
# # Six songs were written for the film, but didn't make the final cut. "I Can Wait" (the only one filmed, available on Special Edition DVD), "Mrs. Von Tussle Says" (meant to replace Miss Baltimore Crabs), "Save Your Applause 'Till The End" (Velma follows Tracy around, complaining), "Turn Back The Hands of Time" (Original "Come So Far"), "It Ain't Over 'Till the Fat Lady Sings" (Tracy confronts Amber at the Miss Teenage Hairspray Pagant), "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" (Wilbur comforts Tracy). All the songs are on the 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack.
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