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Don't Tell Her It's Me Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Don't Tell Her It's Me

PG-13
AKA: The Boyfriend School
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And so does Gus!

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Go behind the scenes on the 1989 Romantic Comedy movie starring Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long More Cast


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The little girl, "Piglet" was actually played by twins, Caroline and Sally Lund.
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Gus's makeup would mean that Guttenberg had to endure six hour cosmetic makeup sessions.
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To be able to empathise with his character, Steve Guttenburg spent weeks with people who were being treated for the same disease.
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Writer Sarah Bird had never written a screenplay before 'Don't Tell Her It's Me'. Bird said "That was not only the first script I'd ever written, but, literally, the first one I'd ever READ! I wrote it when I was about 3/4 of the way through the novel as a way to get to know Gus since I didn't want to rewrite the entire book in prose form from his POV."

In the novel, published as "The Boyfriend School," the heroine was 'Gretchen Griner,' photographer for the Austin Grackle, and her boyfriend-editor was 'Peter Overton Treadwell III,' also known as 'Trout.' In her screenplay, Bird changed the names to 'Emily Pear' and 'Trout Renault.'

Her thoughts after her first screenplay were: "The big lesson was how much the visual overwhelms the verbal and how you have to write visually. It makes little difference how clever the dialog is if the screenplay is not written with the visual in mind."
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Hurricane Hugo devastated South Carolina, where the film eventually was made, causing production to be halted for two weeks. Most of the work had already been done. Many of the exteriors seen in the movie were sadly destroyed.
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Other titles considered were "Two of Gus" and "What She Knew"



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