Read here the 10 most interesting facts about the cheerleader movie “Bring It On”!
1. Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union both had cheerleading experience.
2. The movie was originally going to be called Cheer Fever.
3. Gabrielle Union wanted a role in another cheerleading movie called Sugar & Spice. She didn’t end up getting the part, and later said it was because they weren’t trying to “go black” on any of the characters. She took the role of Isis in Bring It On because the movie was committed to diversity.
4. Everyone had to go to cheerleading boot camp. It was four whole weeks of intense training. That way the producers didn’t have to use as many stunt doubles.
5. Lindsay Sloane, who played Big Red, originally auditioned for Torrance.
6. Jenelope’s line, “Can we beat these Buffys down so I can go home” was actually a joke slipped into the script. Both Eliza Dushku (Missy) and Clare Kramer (Courtney) played characters in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
7. Many of the stunts performed by the teams at the Nationals would have gotten them disqualified IRL. All stunts more than two bodies high and fly-overs are illegal in competition at the high school level, according to the National Federation Interscholastic Spirit Association.
8. Isis’ three best friends Lava (Shamari Fears), Jenelope (Natina Reed), and LaFred (Brandi Williams) were an actual girl group called Blaque. They recorded a song called “As If” for the movie’s official soundtrack.
9. The Blaque girls had never acted before and kept staring straight into the camera when doing their lines. But they were still amazing in the end!
10. Huntley Ritter, who played Les, performed the Nationals routine with a sprained ankle.