Legally Blonde was supposed to have a vastly different (and very disappointing) ending

We’re so glad they changed it

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by Polly Foreman |
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If you say you don’t spend at least 90% of your hangover days hauled up in front of the telly with a Chinese takeaway in one hand and a Legally Blonde DVD in the other you’d (probably) be telling a massive lie.

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So obsessed are we with Legally Blonde that we have seen it (approximately) two million times and can pretty much quote it all off by heart.

And the news that it was supposed to have a completely different ending has shocked us to our very core, and got us very relieved that the test audiences went against it.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the film’s co-writer Karen McCullah said: "Originally it ended at the courthouse right after the trial. Everyone was congratulating Elle, and Emmett came up and gave her a big kiss. Then there was a tag where it was a year in the future and she and [Elle's friend] Vivian, who was now blonde, had started the Blonde Legal Defense Fund and they were in the quad handing out pamphlets.

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"The test-screening audience didn't feel like it was an exciting enough ending for her, success-wise. The kiss made it seem like it was a rom-com. They knew that this was not a movie about a girl getting a guy."

She then revealed that she and the film's director Robert Luketic and producer Marc Platt spent hours writing the graduation speech.

"The whole movie is painstakingly written over many drafts in two years and then the ending is quick."

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Karen then added that it was difficult to shoot the amended scene, due to the fact that the cast were off filming different commitments.

"At that point [Reese] was in England shooting 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. She'd cut off her hair because it had gotten damaged from all the hot rollers, so they put her in a wig ... Luke [Wilson] had on a wig because he'd shaved his head for 'The Royal Tenenbaums'.

"The whole graduation scene is shot in London, but all the reaction shots were in Burbank in a soundstage. If you look really closely, you'll notice the lighting's a little bit different. But the new ending was way more satisfying.

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