Legally Blonde was full of important life lessons: Never be afraid to wear pink in a formal setting, bikinis totally work for law school application vids, and never, ever trust anyone named Warner Huntington III.
But perhaps the most iconic scene from the film was when Elle Woods teaches the salon how to "bend... and snap!" Funny thing is, that scene almost never happened.
According to a new interview, this gift to humanity started with the writers of the movie trying to come up with a story line for Paulette, Elle's beauty BFF at Harvard.
"[The producer] wanted a B plot for Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge). At first we were like, ‘Should the store be robbed?'" according to cowriter Karen McCullah. "I think we spent a week or two trying to figure out what the B plot and this big set piece should be."
Another cowriter admitted, "There were crime plots. We were pitching scene after scene and it all felt very tonally weird."
Thank God they didn't go that way, otherwise the bend and snap may never have come into existence!
The story goes that, frustrated with their inability to figure out a robbery story that worked for Paulette, the two writers went for drinks and brainstormed. One of them came up with the idea that maybe Elle could help Paulette flirt with a hunky UPS guy and — thanks to the cocktails — they invented the move right there in the bar.
"It was a spontaneous invention. It was a completely drunken moment in a bar," according to McCullah.
So the next time you're doing creative work and someone tries to tell you alcohol won't help, send them this story! (Or, if the naysayer is a guy, just bend and snap!)