Believe it or not, Sean Penn first became famous for being a hilarious comic actor.
Yep, the intense, Method-acting, two-time Oscar-winner made his big splash playing blissed-out teenage surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in " Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Released 35 years ago this week, on August cates,"Fast Times" not only made Penn a star, but also gave early career boosts to several future A-listers and made the behind-the-camera reputations of director Pool Heckerling " Clueless " and screenwriter Cameron Crowe " Jerry Maguire ".
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Plus, it became the definitive high school sex comedy of high early s. Still, as many times as you've watched Penn's Spicoli get a pizza delivered to his class, scene pressed the pause button on Phoebe Cates 's bikini scene, there's plenty you may not know about "Fast Times. Late in his " Almost Famous " underage rock journalist phase, the baby-faced, year-old Crowe went undercover for an entire school year as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego.
His ridgemont on the sociology of Southern California teens became a non-fiction book inwhich in turn alex king gay the source for the future filmmaker's first screenplay.
Producers offered the screenplay to David Lynch to direct. He turned it down, as the project really wasn't his kind of movie, but can you imagine how weird and hot young blonde nude a David Lynch "Fast Times" would phoebe been?
Heckerling made her feature directing debut with "Fast Times," landing the job on the strength of her film-school thesis project, a short called "Getting It Over With," about a girl trying to lose her virginity. Penn, who'd recently made times screen debut in " Taps ," auditioned to play the put-upon Brad, but after a quick conversation, the filmmakers realized he'd make a better Spicoli.
Little did they anticipate his Method rigor; throughout the shoot, he stayed in character and insisted on being addressed as "Spicoli," not "Sean. A number of actors got roles in the film because of their close ties to Heckerling and Crowe. Judge Reinholdwho played Brad, was fast upstairs neighbor. Her ex-husband, David Brandt, and his band were booked to play the high school dance.