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How Ryan Phillippe Really Feels About His Kids Watching Cruel Intentions

9/18/2021 7:42:00 PM

How Ryan Phillippe Really Feels About His Kids Watching Cruel Intentions

Ryan Phillippe and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon rose to fame as two of the stars of the 1999 cult film Cruel Intentions. Here's what the actor thinks about the idea of their kids watching it.

In 2005, Charlie O'Connell choseSarah Bricewhen he was ABC's lead for the hit franchise's seventh season, though didn't propose. They went on to date for three years.Columbia PicturesThe Break-Up SceneA serious couple in real-life (and going on to marry in 1999, three months after the movie premiered, before divorcing in 2007 after having two children), Phillippe and Witherspoon had a tough time shooting Sebastian and Annette's break-up. In fact, it felt so intense for the couple that Phillippe physically got sick.

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"Reese and I had a fight scene where we had to say horrible things to each other for four straight hours. After it was all over, I went outside and literally threw up," Phillippe toldThe Morning Call. "It was so emotionally punishing for me."

But wasn't the only one struggling with the scene, as the infamous slap Annette delivered across Sebastian's face was unplanned."At one point I was improvising off-camera for Reese," he recalled, "I guess I said some pretty mean things, so she came over and slapped me. Roger loved it so much he incorporated it into the scene. So basically I got slapped around for a couple of hours."

Though most people think the former couple met on the set ofCruel Intentionsmet when he crashedher 21st birthday party years prior."It was a pretty intense, emotional connection that happened between Reese and me," he said. "There's a definite balance there. Reese is a happy, light-hearted person, but she's also incredibly intelligent. I tend to be considerably darker. She keeps me from getting too dark and depressed and that's essential in a business that's based on uncertainty and insecurity."

Columbia PicturesClothing CluesGo back and watch the movie and you'll see the costume designer dressed each character with care. Annette's all-light wardrobe was supposed to be in stark contrast to Sebastian's all-black look."Her palette was softer and sweeter but confident,"

Denise WingatetoldDazed. "I remember we wanted her in all white in contrast to Ryan's all black, and when he gets hit by a car and sees her it's almost as if she is an angel."As for Cecile, it was all UES prim and proper except from one key piece that served as a dark homage to a fairy tale.

"I remember at the last minute deciding to put Selma in a red hooded sweatshirt so when she is leaving to go see Sebastian she looked like a contemporary Little Red Riding Hood going to see the Big Bad Wolf," Wingate recalled. "A lot of subliminal things go into my selection of costumes that usually nobody notices."

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Melissa Moseley/Columbia/Kobal/ShutterstockAlternate EndingSpoiler alert: Sebastian still dies! Just in a slightly different way.In an alternate version of the film's dramatic ending, Sebastian is still hit by a car, but not because he is protecting Annette from being hit by it. Instead, he just stops fighting Ronald (

Sean Patrick Thomas) when he sees her approaching and gets unexpectedly hit by a vehicle when going to cross the street to talk to her.Melissa Moseley/Columbia/Kobal/ShutterstockThe highest paid person on the film? The Rolling Stones as it turns outThe Verve

's "Bittersweet Symphony," which is forever tied toCruel Intentions, wasn't actually The Verve's to release the rights to."That was another example of me writing a scene perfectly to music without getting the rights," Kumble told

ABC News. "That was a nightmare… So we're like, 'Oh, let's get the rights from The Verve.' But then you find out The Verve doesn't own the rights, The Rolling Stones own the rights."So it was a headache. It was one of those things where the studio was like, 'Try another song.' And we kept trying and trying and no one could agree," he continued. "And the studio was like, 'Let's just pay for it.' We paid for everything, but we

reallypaid for that one."Fortunately, it was money well spent.Columbia PicturesSoundtrack SecretsOne of the most iconic offerings from the killer '90s soundtrack the film boasted had to beThe Counting Crows' "Colorblind," which is the song Sebastian and Annette's love scene is set to.

However, the filmmakers initially had a completely different song in place."For that scene, there was this Smashing Pumpkins song called 'To Sheila,' which fit perfectly. If you turn off the Counting Crows and play the scene to 'To Sheila,' it actually works quite nicely. And [it seemed like] we were getting the song, it was great," Kumble told

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Cosmo. "Billy Corgan was watching the movie. It was down to the wire, and then they give me the call: 'Smashing Pumpkins said no.' And we were like, 'Oh, f--k.' Because we were all in agreement then—the producers, the studio, and I: This is the right song."

While there was a debate over which song to pick...until The Counting Crows' lead singerAdam Duritzsaw the film and inspiration immediately struck."The music supervisor came in and said, 'Adam Duritz saw the movie and loved it and he wrote this song and they're recording it tonight or tomorrow night, but here's a demo of it.' And we heard the opening, the piano, and we were like, 'Oh my god, this is great. We love this,'" Kumble said. "And Neal and I, we went to Adam's house, or the Crows' house they were renting at the time...and watched them record 'Colorblind.' We put it on the film and it was great."

Matt Baron/REX/ShutterstockFollow-UpsThe popular film actually had a sequel...which was barely seen and was direct-to-DVD after originally being picked up (and cancelled before it even aired) by Fox to be a TV show.Fun fact:Amy Adamsended up taking over the part of Kathryn (and also ended up with a small role on SMG's show

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