# # Dawn French was originally cast as Rosie in this film, but after her character being described to her by the creators as 'the fat, funny one' and the musical director being openly unimpressed with her singing she declined the offer. Dawn, states in her autobiography 'Dear Fatty', that while she is a fan of ABBA she is not a fan of 'Mamma Mia!' and only originally agreed to do the film because Meryl Streep was starring.
In December 2008, Mamma Mia! became the highest grossing film of all time in the U.K., smashing the previous record held by Titanic (1997).
# # In the scene with 'Slipping Through My Fingers' we see a short clip of Meryl and Amanda laughing, according to Phyllida Lloyd the crew blasted out heavy metal music to get the pair to laugh so much.
At the end of 'Our Last Summer' Donna (Meryl Streep) is holding a collection of photos, the baby picture is an actual baby picture of Amanda Seyfried.
The picture on Donna's (Meryl Streep's) mirror in the bedroom at the start of the Dancing Queen scene is actually Amanda Seyfried's professional head shot which can be seen on her IMDb profile.
The stage version of 'Mamma Mia!' has exceeded 2940 performances on Broadway (December 2008).
When the stage show was performed in Edinburgh, during 'Lay All Your Love On Me', the male dancers included a 'Highland Fling' in their routine. In the film, one dancer can be seen performing the same steps during the song.
Following her casting in the film Hairspray (2007), Michelle Pfeiffer was rumored to be considered for the role of Donna.
# # "Fernando" is one of Abba's biggest hits, yet it wouldn't fit in the movie because it is about war. So to placate the Abba fans, you can hear Donna humming a few bars of the song as she walks into the old goat house while the fathers are hiding upstairs.
In the stage musical (and soundtrack of), Bill has the last name Austin instead of Anderson.
The character of Mary Ann (played by Christine Baranski) in the television series "Cybill" (1995) informed the creation of the character Tanya in the stage play. Christine Baranski plays Tanya in the movie.
Meryl Streep wrote to the producers of the Broadway version of "Mamma Mia!", after having seen it with her daughter shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack. In the letter, she praised them for bringing a little happiness and fun to the lives of people following the attacks.
Olivia Newton-John was strongly considered for the role of Donna.
An undercurrent of the film is to structure the story as a Greek comedy (like Aristophanes), including patterns of strophe and anti-strophe, a chorus representing the common people, and costumes matched to moods of the characters, including masks and the phallic props typical of Greek comedy.
Pierce Brosnan had no idea what the project was about when he signed on: the producers told him it was being filmed in Greece and Meryl Streep was starring and he agreed. Brosnan declares that he would have signed on for anything involving Meryl. He described her as "that gorgeous blonde I fancied terribly in Drama School."
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