24 Impressive and Hilarious Facts about the hit film Grease!

Published on January 17, 2018
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Grease set the bar when it came to Hollywood musicals. This legendary film has been watched by basically everyone and if you haven’t seen it yet then, well, hire a personal injury attorney because we are hurt. Even though Grease is one of the most popular films in the musical genre, there are still some crazy facts bubbling just beneath the surface. Keep on reading for 24 crazy facts about the movie Grease!

Elvis almost joined the party

How can we kick things off in any other way? The King was reportedly offered a part in the movie though we aren’t sure what the role would have been. At this point, does it matter? Can you imagine a prime Travolta working the screen with Elvis alongside of him? You’d have to hire a lawyer because that film would be too hot to handle.

Elvis Almost Joined The Party

Elvis Almost Joined The Party

Burger Palace Boys?

We’re rolling two facts into one here — you’re pretty lucky! The hit 1978 film was actually based off of the hit Broadway musical from 1972. In the original Broadway musical the gang that Travolta leads is actually known as the ‘Burger Palace Boys’. Their name was changed to ‘The T-Birds’ for the film.

Burger Palace Boys

Burger Palace Boys

Henry Winkler turned down the film

Man, can you imagine the Fonz leading the the T-Birds? Well, actually we can. That’s the reason that Henry Winkler turned down the part of Danny Zuko. He thought it was way too close to his Fonzie character and he didn’t want to be pigeonholed. Winkler should probably partake in some litigation against his agent because that turned out terribly.

Henry Winkler Turned Down The Film

Henry Winkler Turned Down The Film

Grease dominated the box office

It’s hard to imagine any musical crushing the box office, isn’t it? Still, Grease managed to become the highest grossing film of 1978. Grease beat out Superman, Animal House, Jaws 2, Halloween, and The Deer Hunter. Speaking of Jaws 2, that film should probably hire a wrongful death lawyer because that film killed the franchise.

Grease Dominated The Box Office

Grease Dominated The Box Office

Some serious Broadway crossover!

After Grease dominated the box office it only made sense to revive the original Broadway ply. John Travolta, Jeff Conaway, Barry Pearl and Jamie Donnelly would all head to Broadway to continue working on the film.

Some Serious Broadway Crossover

Some Serious Broadway Crossover

Olivia Newton-John was reluctant to work on the film

While Olivia Newton-John was always the one that we would want, she was apparently hesitant to take the film. She would end up demanding a screen test with John Travolta in order to ensure that there was chemistry between the leads.

Olivia Newton John Was Reluctant To Work On The Film

Olivia Newton John Was Reluctant To Work On The Film

Not a single cast member was high school age

This would be like hiring a mesothelioma attorney to do work on your vet, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Not a single cast member of Grease was actually the right age for high school. Travolta was the youngest actor at 23.

Not A Single Cast Member Was High School Age

Not A Single Cast Member Was High School Age

The film was almost animated

Animated musicals make a lot of sense. The art convention gives a lot of room for fantastical sequences. Grease was originally slated to be animated film before producers changed their minds. Instead the intro was animated and you can see where other sequences would have been animated.

The Film Was Almost Animated

The Film Was Almost Animated

Olivia’s accent was a game changer

The producers of the film loved Olivia Newton John’s accent so much that they demanded the writers change the story to keep her Australian roots. Needless to say the fans were probably happy with the decision.

Olivias Accent Was A Game Changer

Olivias Accent Was A Game Changer

Marty couldn’t dance

Marty, who was played by Dinah Manoff, is missing from almost every dance scene in the film. Apparently the actor couldn’t dance so they had to hide the character every time a dance was required.

Marty Couldnt Dance

Marty Couldnt Dance

The film had a HUGE bubble gum budget

Bubble gum was apparently all of the rage during the filming of the movie. The cast of Grease reportedly chewed over 100,000 pieces of gum during the filming of the movie.

The Film Had A HUGE Bubble Gum Budget

The Film Had A HUGE Bubble Gum Budget

Andy Warhol almost starred in the film

Did you know that Andy Warhol almost managed to score a gig in Grease? Allegedly Andy Warhol was going to play an art teacher. Warhol was tossed from the roster after a studio exec came down on the idea saying that he wouldn’t have “that man” in his film.

Andy Warhol Almost Starred In The Film

Andy Warhol Almost Starred In The Film

Lorenzo Lamas took his part from a President’s son

Don’t worry Lorenzo, you were never gonna be under fire for litigation from the White House. Steven Ford, son of Gerald Ford, was going to ply Sandy’s jocky-head boyfriend in the film. Steven got too nervous and backed out, allowing Lomas to take the part.

Lorenzo

Lorenzo

John Travolta had song demands

We are unplugged from the musical world, admittedly, but it makes sense that actors fight over the best songs. Travolta would only take the role in the film if he was allowed to sing ‘Greased Lightnin’ — taking the part from Kenickie.

John Travolta Had Song Demands

John Travolta Had Song Demands

Heap Lap Trials

Travolta had so much trouble with the phrase ‘heat lap trials’ that they had to keep in Travolta’s flub. Apparently an ex girlfriend had passed away on the shooting of that sequence so he was understandably upset and distracted.

Heap Lap Trials

Heap Lap Trials

‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ came in post

The principal filming of Grease had wrapped when producers decided that Olivia Newton-John needed her own big song. So they wrote ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and filmed it in pick up shots. Newton-John would score an Academy Award nomination for the performance.

Hopelessly Devoted To You Came In Post

Hopelessly Devoted To You Came In Post

The film was released with different names

Grease as a title makes a lot of sense when you think of the era and the characters. When the film was released in Venezuela and Mexico it was titled, Vaselina. That name makes significantly less sense.

The Film Was Released With Different Names

The Film Was Released With Different Names

All of the dancers were named

Most of the characters in the film exist just in the background to fill up space. Still, the production team named every single dancer with credits like Woppo, Bubba, Cee Cee, and Sauce.

All Of The Dancers Were Named

All Of The Dancers Were Named

Coke pulled advertising

When the producers were putting together marketing deals for Grease they wanted to pull in Coke, for obvious reasons. Still, a product placement deal would end up falling through and the team would have to rush to blur out as many shots as possible.

Coke Pulled Advertisin

Coke Pulled Advertisin

A Grease empire was in the works

After Grease dominated the box office there were plans to make a huge empire out of the series. The producers were hoping to release three more films and a TV series. We all know how that worked out after Grease 2 flopped.

A Grease Empire Was In The Works

A Grease Empire Was In The Works

‘Beauty School Dropout’ had dark origins

One of the more underrated tracks in the film, ‘Beauty School Dropout’, was written after a writer read a story about a teenage killer who had dropped out of beauty school.

Beauty School Dropout Had Dark Origins

Beauty School Dropout Had Dark Origins

The budget turnaround for Grease is insane

Grease was filmed on a small budget of $6 million dollars. Despite this minuscule budget, for Hollywood standards, the film would go on to earn more than $400 million worldwide. The sequel, Grease 2, would have a budget of $13 million but it would only earn $15 million at the box office.

The Budget Turnaround For Grease Is Insane

The Budget Turnaround For Grease Is Insane

Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her costume

Believe it or not, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her pants every morning on set. Newton-John had to be careful about what she ate and how she moved. Nowadays she could probably pull a personal injury attorney to get better clothing for her!

Olivia Newton John Had To Be Sewn Into Her Costume

Olivia Newton John Had To Be Sewn Into Her Costume

George Lucas was instrumental in the re-release of Grease

Apparently George Lucas was a huge fan of the film. When it came time for a re-release of the project it was George Lucas who would help to get Paramount on board. Lucsa said that “Every nine year old he knew watched a VHS copy of Grease every day” back when it had been released.

George Lucas Was Instrumental In The Re Release Of Grease

George Lucas Was Instrumental In The Re Release Of Grease