The Untold Truth Of Pitch Perfect


Ever wanted to find out about some awesome
behind-the-scenes facts about the Pitch Perfect franchise and cast? Then listen up, pitches — it’s time to get
a educated. Low budget start The first installment of Pitch Perfect was
produced for only $17 million — a sum that, by industry standards, is considerably low. Peter Cramer, Universal Studios’ co-president
of production, told the Hollywood Reporter, “It was a little, under-the-radar, affordably
budgeted movie. We didn’t project that it could be a big franchise.” “We sing songs without any instruments. It’s all from our mouths.” “Yikes.” The film ended up banking $113 million worldwide
at the box office, going on to earn over $103 million in home video sales, video-on-demand,
and premium cable deals. Anna Kendrick told Glamour UK, “The weird
thing is that it happened so slowly. It wasn’t until [video-on-demand] and iTunes
that anybody thought about making it a franchise.” Auditions Hana Mae Lee, who plays shy and quiet Lilly,
told Young Hollywood that she used to sing in her church choir, but that most of her
singing experience prior to Pitch Perfect focused on Korean folk music…which she used
for her audition. Rebel Wilson, by contrast, went for modern
pop music. She told Buzznet that she showcased her chops
by auditioning with Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” “Crushed it.” Changing it up Producers made some significant changes from
the film’s original direction. In an interview with Collider, Elizabeth Banks
revealed her role was originally meant for Kristen Wiig, saying, “When she wasn’t going
to be able to do it, we made a list of who else could do it. And then [director] Jason [Moore] was like,
‘Why aren’t you just doing it?’ So I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll do it!'” In a separate Collider interview, Anna Kendrick
revealed that the movie was originally supposed to revolve around the film Say Anything, not
The Breakfast Club. She even had to re-record “Don’t You Forget
About Me,” because she didn’t feel like she had an emotional connection to the song. She told the mag, “To me it’s like ‘Take my
Breath Away’ from Top Gun, where it’s almost a parody of itself.” “Don’t you forget about me…” Getting messy Those infamous vomit scenes were intense,
even for the actors. In an interview with MovieViral, Anna Camp
said that the production crew attached hoses to her neck and chin, and that the “stunt
guy was off to the side, and he would press a button and [the vomit] was so powerful that
it would knock me off my feet…It was actually gross, actually cold. But it was fun.” And what exactly was getting all over everyone? The cast revealed to Buzznet that the faux-vomit
was a mixture of pineapple juice, tomato juice, and chicken noodle soup. Yum! Improv Multiple cast members described the flexibility
for improv in the scripts for both Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. Banks told Collider, “John Michael Higgins
was hired because he’s one of the best improv actors of all time so we were going to make
use of it…We did the script, and then we played and played and played.” Ester Dean, who played Cynthia Rose, described
a similar situation in an interview with NYLON, saying that Banks, quote, “gave me the perfect
freedom to go out there and try a lot of things…It was like, ‘These are your lines, but Ester,
SAY SOMETHING, OKAY? Try this…do whatever you wanna do.'” Castmates Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld
echoed that sentiment, with Snow telling Collider that in Pitch Perfect 2, “We felt safe with
each other because we knew each other better, so there was a collaborative atmosphere, this
time around…We knew each other’s comedy so well, we really had a chance to play.” The real Fat Amy “Love it.” “What’s your name?” Fat Amy. “You call yourself ‘Fat Amy’?” “Yeah, so twig bitches like you don’t do it
behind my back.” According to Buzznet, the name Fat Amy actually
originated with Amy Poehler. When she was pregnant, scriptwriter and friend
Kay Cannon asked Poehler how she was doing, and Poehler replied that she felt, quote,
“like Fat Amy” — which Cannon then used in the movie. Friends IRL Given how well the cast gets along on screen,
it’s no surprise to learn that they get along in real life, too. Lee told Young Hollywood that “Filming was
like summer camp. We were there four weeks prior to filming
— we would have four hours of dance and two hours of singing a day…We’re still friends
now…We were all from a different place, yet we were altogether making this beautiful
and fun movie together.” And those friendships have remained intact. Snow told Refinery29 that she and co-star
Kelley Jakle, who played the role of Jessica in the film’s first two installments, live
together in L.A. Perhaps the most impressive post-filming real
life relationship comes from Camp and Skylar Astin, who got married in 2016. Cast-mates Wilson, Banks, and Ben Platt attended
their fall wedding in California, according to People, and Snow was even one of their
bridesmaids. Snow told People, “It’s funny since I’ve known
them from the beginning of them meeting and dating, and to now see them get married is
pretty surreal.” Pitches got skills When Dean isn’t acting, she’s also an accomplished
song writer: she co-wrote Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and has
also worked with Nicki Minaj. In an interview with Glamour, Dean described
herself as “a very emotional writer. I always need to have a boyfriend. I always need to have some food…I normally
work like a vampire. Around 8 to 9pm, what I call ‘the spirits’
actually show up, and then I just go in the booth and scream on top of a track.” Lee, in addition to her beat-boxing skills,
is a fashion designer and even has her own clothing line, telling Young Hollywood, “I
love fashion…I’ve been into fashion since I was really young. I’ve started my own clothing line, Hanamahn,
which means ‘just one’ in Korean. A lot of my pieces are fierce and avant-garde.” Twerking and burritos Remember the scene where Wilson is hit by
a flying burrito? It happened to writer Kay Cannon in real life. She said, “I was running on the side of a
highway and a group of five guys drove by, one threw at burrito at me and I fell over. I looked down and thought I was looking at
my guts when it was really just beans and rice.” Snow told Cosmo that she injured her back
on the set of Pitch Perfect 2, saying, “One of my favorite scenes to do was this number
where we really get dirty with our dancing…I’m a really bad twerker — I still haven’t figured
out how to do it. I actually hurt my back one day. I woke up the next morning and my back was
completely tweaked out…from twerking.” The Pack One of the most memorable scenes in Pitch
Perfect 2 is when the Green Bay Packers compete in the riff-off. But how on earth did that happen? Cannon told Vanity Fair that it all began
when Packers’ offensive tackle, David Bakhtiari, started a Twitter conversation with Banks,
telling her how much he loved the first movie and eventually asking for a cameo in the sequel. Cannon initially resisted the idea. But the Pack promised to work hard, saying
“If you put us in the sequel, we will practice, we will rehearse, we’ll take it as a serious
thing. We’re athletes, this is what we do. We’ll really work at it.” Coming soon Fans eagerly await the release of Pitch Perfect
3, slated for late 2017. According to IMDb, in the third installment,
“The now-separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO
tour, but they face a group who uses both instruments and voices.” Can they come out on top? Here’s to getting pitch-slapped this December! Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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