Inarguably one of the greatest romantic comedies to be ever made, 10 Things I Hate About You is iconic for several reasons, most of them being Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona serenading Julia Stiles’ Kat Stratford in front of the entire school, we refuse to apologise for good taste.
It’s been 23 years since its release back in 1999 and fans are still hooked on to each and every single detail that the cast or crew members reveal about the movie. More recently, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Cameron in the movie, fed the fans by revealing what he thought was the most unrealistic scene in the movie.
Based on Shakespeare’s 16th century comedy play The Taming Of The Shrew, the teen rom-com is about new kid Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) who wants to win the heart of Bianca (Larissa Oleynik). The problem is that Bianca isn’t allowed to date unless her anti-social older sister, Kat (Stiles) does, and also she has a big crush on vapid senior Joey Donnor (Andrew Keegan). Cameron decides to pay the school’s infamous bad boy Patrick (Ledger) to date Kat so that he can have a chance to date Bianca. As you can predict, chaos ensues.
In the movie, when Cameron realises that Bianca was just using him to get to Joey, and after Bianca realises Joey is the worst, he goes on a rant about how she cannot play with people’s feelings like that (ironic, considering the whole paying Patrick to date Kat deal). Bianca cuts him off with a kiss and gets out of the car. A shell-shocked Cameron excitedly yelps “And I am back in the game!” before smacking the steering wheel.
Now, in an interview, Gorden-Levitt has revealed that this is the scene that he thinks was the most unrealistic and hard to do, “When I was this age, all I wanted to do was, like, the kinds of movies that would play at Sundance or something, because you wouldn’t have to say lines like that. You just stayed truer to what’s real, but then a lot of the audience doesn’t get what’s happening.”
He goes on to add that he does understand why the scene had to be there and why it’s one of the most iconic scenes from the movie. “If you can help an audience out and say what you’re feeling, it makes audiences feel great. People still talk to me about that line... even though in real life, no-one would ever say that.”
We think that this calls for another viewing of this classic, don’t you agree?
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