This week marks the 30th anniversary of the film Revenge of the Nerds, which was released back in 1984 when “nerd” was a really embarrassing thing to be called. The actors were nervous about appearing in a movie with “nerd” in the title! You remember the movie, but there’s a lot you probably don’t know. Like,
6. Filming on the University of Arizona campus had its problems. Just like the failed remake, the first film had college issues as well. The studio had been given permission to film on the campus, but revoked their filming privileges after reading the script. Producers had to convince the school they wouldn’t harm their reputation and eventually the school gave them the “okay,” with the many of the students posing as extras.
14. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards tested their nerd attire during Rush Week. The actors wanted to put their nerd outfits to the test and attended several fraternity rush events to see how their pocket protectors went over. According to Carradine, one frat house’s president gave them a single look and said “No way.”
Time has proven that nerds really do inherit the earth, and the stars of Revenge of the Nerds now look back at that time fondly, despite their misgivings. Read the rest of the list at Uproxx.