Read here 10 unknown fun facts abou the movie “Meet the Parents” according to zimbio.com.
1. Pam calls Greg’s parents in Detroit. However, in the sequel, they live in Florida. When the Byrnes’ first arrive to the Fockers’ house in Meet the Fockers, Greg’s dad says they moved from Detroit.
2. The script for Meet the Parents, written by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg, is based on the 1992 film of the same name by Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke. The plot is essentially the same. The 1992 version is a bit riskier with the comedic scenarios: the family dog is drowned and the father chases Greg out of the house with a shotgun.
3. Naomi Watts was originally cast as Pam, but the studio didn’t think she was “sexy” enough. Teri Polo was given the role instead.
4. Robert De Niro, who plays Jack, may have seemed a strange choice for the comedy, but the renowned actor was just coming off Analyze This and was open to comedic work. Christopher Walken was the second choice and Anthony Hopkins was considered for the role as well.
5. Director Jay Roach was initially rejected by Universal Studios for the director’s job. Steven Soderbergh had expressed interest, but Steven Spielberg was the front-runner. He planned to do the movie with Jim Carrey as the lead.
6. Jim Carrey was the one who came up with the name “Gaylord Focker,” during early creative meetings. After he dropped out of the project, along with Spielberg, the name was kept.
7. According to Polo, during the scene where she and Stiller are making out on her bed and he fondles her breast, she stuffed cookies into her bra as a joke.
8. Roach cast Stiller as Greg thanks to the actor’s skill at playing anxiety-laden characters. The director also loved Stiller’s improv ability, stating, “He has lots of great ideas and he’s very skilled at loose improvisation.”
9. Election and Sideways director Alexander Payne did a final edit of the script before shooting and wasn’t credited.
10. On July 18, 2005, an American Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Juan, Puerto Rico had to be diverted back to Fort Lauderdale due to a bomb threat. A flight attendant found a crumpled napkin that read “Bomb, bomb, bomb … meet the parents,” a clear reference to the scene in which Ben Stiller’s character repeatedly shouts the word “bomb” while being detained by airport security. The airplane was met by a local bomb squad as well as the FBI who questioned everyone onboard.