Even though it's been 20 years since its initial release, Mrs. Doubtfire still remains a beloved film by kids of the '90s and beyond.
Funnyman Robin Williams was in drag for most of the film, but his character Daniel Hillard wasn't trying to be sexy. He was trying to get paid and spend more time with his kids, so he suited up as an elderly nanny. A sequel is in the works (hooray!) with Williams stepping into Mrs. D.'s surgical stockings and sensible, orthopedic shoes once again.
We sorta love that they waited so long to do a sequel, since it opens up so many plot possibilities and not to mention, the makeup and effects industry has grown by leaps and bounds in this century. So it will be a quite a treat, visually-speaking
In honor of another round with the gentle-voiced Scottish nanny with a surly attitude, we're firing off six fast facts that you may not have known about the movie:
1. While Mrs. Doubtfire's alter ego Daniel Hillard came up with her name via words strung together from a newspaper article, Robin Williams based his no-nonsense character on Lolly, his childhood nanny.
2. Williams endured nearly five (!!!) hours in the makeup chair to be transformed into the elderly nanny every day. It was worth it for those who worked on Mrs. Doubtfire's look and, um, style, since the film won the Oscar for Best Makeup at the 66th Academy Awards. Huzzah!
3. While Mara Wilson has been vocal about having ZERO desire to return to the film for a sequel, she actually beat out someone who is now much more famous for the role of Natalie. Blake Lively and Wilson were the final two actresses vying for the role. Clearly, we know who won it.
4. The comedy was the second highest-grossing film of 1993. What grossed more? Oh, just some dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. That was a watershed film, so to cruise into second place is nothing to sneeze at.
5. Home Improvement guru Tim Allen declined the role of Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire. He might be regretting that decision, given the massive success of the film. He also nixed the role of Stu Denmeyer, which was played by the dashing and dapper Pierce Brosnan. While we love Allen, we can't picture him in either role.
6. Williams took the character on a test drive in an interesting locale. He went to a porn shop, dressed as Mrs. D. "One time in makeup as Mrs. Doubtfire, I walked into a sex shop in San Francisco and tried to buy a (sex toy). Just because. Why not? And the guy was about to sell it to me until he realized it was me, Robin Williams, not an older Scottish woman coming in to look for a very large (sex toy) and a jar of lube. He just laughed and said 'What are you doing here?' Did I make the purchase? No." We'd have paid money to witness that exchange. Even Mrs. Doubtfire, who famously had hot flashes in the film, has needs.