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Curiosities | “The Panthers”, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, turns 21!

For exactly 21 years, the world has enjoyed the comic adventures of “Les Panthères”, one of the most famous productions of the 2000s.

Starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, the McG-directed film serves as a sequel to the classic series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and revolves around three powerful and beautiful women who work as spies and fight crime in unexpected ways.

Despite mixed reviews, the feature made a huge splash at the box office, grossing nearly $ 265 million worldwide and putting Barrymore, Diaz and Liu in the spotlight (by the way, the chemistry between the trio principal has received much praise from the experts). The success even resulted in a sequel called “As Panthers Detonating”, released in 2003.

To celebrate your birthday, we’ve separated a brief list with some behind-the-scenes trivia, which you can check out below:

Barrymore bought the rights to the 1970s series before filming the film – a move that earned him no less than $ 40 million for the first feature and over $ 80 million for the sequel. After Dylan (Barrymore) falls into a ravine, she arrives practically naked in a house with two boys playing video games. The same house was used in ‘ET: The Extraterrestrial’, one of the first films to star in the actress.

BKAFD9 CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000) LUCY LIU, CAMERON DIAZ, DREW BARRYMORE CHEL 027 The Thin Man was originally a talking role, but star Crispin Glover didn’t like the dialogue and requested that it be deleted. McG and Barrymore agreed to make the character speechless to give it a more mysterious feel. Glover created a lot of quirky character traits, like pulling locks of women’s hair, sniffing them, and then screaming. Barrymore, Liu, and Diaz trained with a martial arts master eight hours a day, five days a week, for no less than three months.

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The role of Alex was originally offered to Angelina Jolie, but she turned down the project after admitting that she was not a big fan of the show. Soon after, the character was gifted to Jada Pinkett Smith (who declined to work on ‘Showtime’); Thandiwe Newton was chosen, but was forced out of production due to weather issues that delayed production of “Mission Impossible 2”. Ultimately, Liu got the role. Although the villains use weapons in the movie, the Panthers don’t. Barrymore, who had some control over the film as one of the producers, insisted that the protagonists could fight without guns.

Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, from the original series, were invited to make cameo appearances in the feature film, but declined the opportunity. The script would have been rewritten at least thirty times before being deemed “acceptable” by McG and the producers. Milla Jovovich, Alyssa Milano and Julia Roberts were among several actresses considered to be the heroines Natalie, Dylan and Alex.

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