Freaky Friday, the 2003 comedy film directed by Mark Waters, captivated audiences with its hilarious and heartwarming story. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, the movie tells the tale of a mother and daughter who mysteriously switch bodies. As we celebrate the enduring charm of this family favorite, let’s dive into some intriguing fun facts and trivia that will make you appreciate Freaky Friday even more!
The concept of Freaky Friday originated from the 1972 novel of the same name, written by Mary Rodgers. It was adapted into a Disney film in 1976, starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. The success of the original film and novel led to another Disney made-for-TV movie in 1995. The 2003 adaptation, however, added a contemporary twist to the story and resonated with a new generation of viewers.
Freaky Friday (2003) Fun Facts
Is that Lindsay in the Opening Credits?
The snapshots in the opening credits are actually photos of Jamie Lee Curtis and her daughter Annie Guest.
Original Freak Friday Actor Makes a Cameo.
Annabelle’s love interest (Boris) in Disney’s original version of Freaky Friday is Boris the delivery man.
Lindsay’s Real Mom Makes an Appearance.
Dina Lohan, who is the mother of Lindsay Lohan is in the end scene when Anna is dancing with Jake. Dina is in the background dancing with an older gentleman and looks directly at the camera
Which Twin Did She Play?
When Jamie Lee Curtis found out that Lindsay Lohan, who was going to be playing her daughter, had starred in the remake of The Parent Trap she asked “Which twin did she play?”, unaware that Lohan had performed both roles.
Freaky Friday was a Box Office Success
Freaky Friday was not only a critical success but also performed exceptionally well at the box office. It grossed over $160 million worldwide, surpassing expectations and solidifying its place as a beloved comedy film.
A Matter of Fashion
Costume design played a crucial role in distinguishing the characters’ personalities and showcasing their transformation. Tess’s professional attire was contrasted with Anna’s rebellious and eclectic style. The costume team successfully emphasized the contrast between the two characters while ensuring consistency throughout the film.
Freaky Friday marked a significant milestone for Lindsay Lohan as she experienced her first on-screen kiss. In a candid behind-the-scenes YouTube clip, Lindsay openly confessed that her smooch with co-star Chad Michael Murray was her very first on-screen kiss. But Murray revealed during a 2019 appearance on Busy Tonight that he also made out with Curtis off-screen to help “settle” Lohan’s nerves prior to their kissing scene.
As with many Disney films, there are references to other Disney movies scattered throughout Freaky Friday. Look out for subtle nods like Mickey Mouse merchandise, Disney posters, and other visual cues that pay homage to the Disney legacy.
Freaky Friday (2003) continues to enchant audiences with its delightful humor, heartfelt performances, and relatable themes. From its origins as a novel to its successful adaptation into a comedy film, this timeless classic holds a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide. So, gather your loved ones, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the magic of Freaky Friday, celebrating the beauty of understanding and empathy within families.
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