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13 Creepy, Kooky Facts About the Movie The Addams Family

After fame in The New Yorker comics and 1960’s TV, the creepy, kooky Addams Family went to the big screen in 1991. A new generation got to know The Addams Family. The casting of Raoul Julia, Angelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd was inspired. But was Lloyd’s character Uncle Fester really an Addams? That question fueled the plot, and changed during the production.

8. THERE WAS AN ACTOR REBELLION, LED BY 10-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA RICCI.

The actors were concerned about the ambiguity of the big Fester storyline in the script. Initially, it was going to be unknown if Gordon, the man suffering from memory loss that looked just like Uncle Fester, was actually Fester. The actors nominated Wednesday Addams herself, Christina Ricci, to give an impassioned plea to [producer Scott] Rudin and [director Barry] Sonnenfeld two weeks before shooting that Fester should not be an imposter. Sonnenfeld remembered that the only actor to not care was Christopher Lloyd, the man playing Fester.

10. HUSTON HAD TO GO THROUGH A LOT TO GET INTO CHARACTER.

''Morticia has a shape only a cartoonist can draw,'' Sonnenfeld told Entertainment Weekly, ''so we lashed Anjelica into a metal corset that created this hips-and-waist thing I've never seen any woman have in reality.'' The role also required Huston to get gauze eye lifts, neck tucks, and fake nails daily. ''Come afternoon, I could be prone to a really good headache from my various bondages,'' she told EW. ''And because I couldn't lie down (in the corset) or rest, it was fairly exhausting.''

Read more of what went into the production of The Addams Family at mental_floss. 


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