One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
In honor of Mike at Screenkicker’s birthday.
1) Originally, the lead part was written to be an older, lonely storekeeper, with Dudley Moore in mind for the role, but when Andrew McCarthy came on board, the part was rewritten to be the part of a young artist.
2) Andrew McCarthy researched his role by having daily sex with mannequins in store windows in full view of the public. The sex got more and more vile and macabre until he was banned from every department store in Manhattan. At that point, the sex wasn’t enough for McCarthy, and he began filling his home with mannequins, performing unspeakable acts of sexual sadism on them. But still, McCarthy had a dark hunger that couldn’t be satiated, so he would stalk real women on the streets at night, butchering them and collecting their scalps to place on top of his mannequin companions. After filming, McCarthy refused to work on any movie that didn’t feature a corpse and wasn’t sick and twisted, hence his starring roles in Weekend at Bernie’s, Weekend at Bernie’s II, and The Joy Luck Club.