There’s another Bridget Jones movie coming out this September: Bridget Jones’s Baby. That’s excuse enough to get another look at the 2001 movie that started it all, Bridget Jones's Diary. The re-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was written by Helen Fielding, with Renée Zellweger starring alongside Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. You remember the movie; now let’s find out more about what went on in order to get it made.
7. THE EPIC FIGHT SCENE BETWEEN GRANT AND COLIN FIRTH WASN’T CHOREOGRAPHED.
You can thank the two actors for the hilarity of the iconic scene. In a Vulture article about the greatest fight scenes in movie history, writer Denise Martin recalled the improvised spar, writing, “No stunt coordinators. No elaborate choreography. Just a perfectly realized wimp brawl between two upper-middle-class Englishmen coming to awkward fisticuffs in front of a Greek restaurant.”
11. GRANT DIDN’T HEAR ZELLWEGER SPEAK IN HER AMERICAN ACCENT UNTIL THE FILM’S WRAP PARTY.
Zellweger was so engrossed with Bridget Jones that one of her leading love interests didn’t meet the real actress until the end of the shoot. “Not once did she stop speaking with that accent, until the wrap party,” Grant told Cinema.com, “when suddenly this weird ... Texan appeared. I wanted to call security, I didn't know who the f*ck she was!”
You’ll find a lot more trivia about Bridget Jones's Diary, from the idea behind the novel to behind-the-scenes details, at mental_floss.