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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook’s Reunion Is All That

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16. Iscove had to fight to keep the now-iconic prom scene in the movie, explaining to Cosmo he really “wanted a big dance number” despite the studio’s reservations. The solution: More scenes with Usher, who played the school’s D.J. (Hey, it was the ’90s!)

“That’s why we went back and shot more Usher stuff [of him] saying ‘Remember what I taught you in dance class’ or whatever,” he said. “We went back and shot more scenes with Usher in Chicago, which was where he was doing an album, and intercut more.”

17. One person who was not happy with the dance number was Dulé Hill, who was “pissed that he wasn’t able to tap dance,” according to Prinze.

“Dulé’s this world-class tap-dancer,” Prinze told The Daily Beast. “When we were shooting the volleyball sequence at the beach, I heard him sliding and tapping his feet on the wood, and I said, ‘Are you tap dancing?’ And he said, ‘I’m a hoofer, man.’ And that’s how we bonded. We started going to this dance studio in Hollywood and we’d tap dance. We did it all the time.”

18. The number was choreographed by Adam Shankman, who would go on to direct A Walk to Remember, The Wedding Planner and Hairspray, among other films. Prinze and Shankman immediately hit it off while filming the movie, so much so that he played a large role in Prinze’s 2002 wedding. “The choreographer from She’s All That married my wife and I!” Prinze told Today.



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