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While The Big Lebowski may have a little bowling in its story, Kingpin still takes the pin as the most formidable bowling comedy around. Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid, squaring off against an on-point Bill Murray, were all absolute perfection at the height of 90s slapstick, gross out humor. Here are 9 things about the movie you may not have known…
1. Bill Murray really bowled a turkey, or three strikes in a row, in the scene where his character Ernie McCracken does the same. The crowd’s reaction is genuine and is actually for Murray. Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, was a terrible bowler and according to the Farrelly brothers maybe got one or two strikes throughout the filming.
2. Among others, Pro Bowling Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth appear briefly during the final tournament scene. In one scene, Roy shakes Mark Roths hand after defeating him in a head to head match.
3. Randy Quaid’s Ishmael is supposed to be quite a bit younger than Woody Harrelson’s character. However, he is really ten years older than Woody.
4. Michael Keaton was originally slated to play Roy Munson, but he backed out and Woody Harrelson took over the role.
5. As is the case with most of his films, Bill Murray ad-libbed virtually every line he spoke. He would read over the script, get the general idea, and then discard it. The Farrelly brothers, on the DVD commentary, said that they’re very glad he did, because it was funnier.
6. The person shouting “Ernie, you ‘da man!” at the final showdown between McCracken and Munson, is Will Ferrell.
7. Peter Farrelly called the film’s failure the biggest disappointment of their career, attributing the failure to its box office release during the 1996 Olympics. Farrelly said that it was crushing. However, he said that 6-8 months later when the film was released on home video, it became a big hit.
8. The back rows of fans at the Reno bowling stadium are made out of cardboard.
9. The band playing the bar while Ishmael dances with the other man’s girlfriend, is the same band from There’s Something About Mary that plays between scenes.