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The movie is based on Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's "How to đại bại a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don'ts of Dating." Courtesy of Amazon The movie was inspired by the comedic cartoon guide "How to lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don"ts of Dating."

Many of the rules that Andie Anderson follows to get Ben Barry khổng lồ break up with her came straight from the text — lượt thích talking in a baby voice, immediately calling him her boyfriend, và dropping the "L-bomb" super early.

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Kathryn Hahn as Michelle in "How to thua thảm a Guy in 10 Days." Paramount

The comedic graphic novel was written by Michele Alexander & Jeannie Long, who lent their names khổng lồ Andie"s best friends in the film, Michelle (played by Kathryn Hahn) & Jeannie (played by Annie Parisse).


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Gwyneth Paltrow almost played Andie. Jordan Strauss/AP / Paramount

Producer Lynda Obst told Entertainment Weekly that Paltrow was originally interested in the role of Andie Anderson, which later went to Kate Hudson.

But scheduling took too long, and Paltrow was cast in "View from the Top" (2003) instead.


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Matthew McConaughey in "How to đại bại a Guy in 10 Days." Paramount/YouTube

In the same interview with Entertainment Weekly, Obst said she worried that McConaughey was too old to star opposite Hudson. At the time, Hudson was 23 and McConaughey was 33.

To counter those arguments, Hudson said, "I"m married khổng lồ a 36-year-old, and it"s not lượt thích he"s ancient."


Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Mondadori Portfolio / Contributor / Getty Images

Hudson also told Entertainment Weekly that she spent a day with Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour in order to lớn research her role as a "how-to" columnist for a women"s magazine.

The actress told EW that she prepared by tearing out "all of these how-tos in Cosmo and Glamour," which are things she said she usually skips over.


The magazine's cover has a spelling error. Paramount

The opening credits feature a montage of Composure covers, and the first one shown has a headline about how to "loose your belly."

Since the right form of that word ("lose") is in the movie"s title, the mistake is even more glaring.


Kate Hudson và Matthew McConaughey in "How to thua thảm a Guy in 10 Days." Paramount/YouTube

Director Donald Petrie told bbc in 2014 that he kept the actors on their toes.

"I"m very sneaky as a director. I"d go over to lớn Kate and say, "OK, in this next take, don"t tell Matthew, but vì chưng this." She would vày it. What"s great is that, because they"re such consummate professionals, they never break character. They just go with it."


Kate Hudson in "How to thua trận a Guy in 10 Days." Paramount/YouTube

According khổng lồ The Hollywood Reporter,it was Hudson"s idea to lớn toss the veggie platter in the air during Ben"s poker night.

She also apparently ad-libbed the line, "You can"t watch Meg Ryan for two hours & not be thinking about another girl," among others.


Kathryn Hahn's cell phone went off during her audition. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Hahn played Andie"s friend Michelle, but the actress initially worried she wouldn"t get the part because her cell phone went off in the middle of her audition.

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"It was the worst thing that could have possibly happened," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2018. "I answered it & improvised it as part of the scene, but then I had to lớn pretend like it wasn"t continually vibrating as my friend Patrick kept calling."


Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey singing "You're So Vain." Paramount

Despite Andie"s off-key performance of "You"re So Vain" at Ben"s advertising gala, Hudson is a naturally talented singer.

Hudson has gone on lớn impress fellow celebrities with her voice và even guest-starred on "Glee" as college dance teacher stavrou July.


Matthew McConaughey bought a motorcycle to lớn prepare for the film. Paramount

While Hudson was prepping with Wintour, McConaughey was doing some research of his own.

In an interview clip from "E! News," McConaughey said he bought a motorcycle because his character, Ben, drives one in the film.

"I wanted lớn get comfortable on a motorcycle because I"ve seen too many people ride motorcycles or someone ride a horse in films where I"m like, "You don"t really ride a horse. You don"t really ride a motorcycle,"" he explained.


The necklace Kate Hudson wore later sold for $5 million. Paramount

Reportedly, over $14 million worth of jewels were loaned lớn the film for the iconic "Frost Yourself" gala scene.

Harry Winston created "Isadora," the 80-carat kim cương pendant necklace Andie dons in the scene. The necklace was named after dancer Isadora Duncan, & it sold for $5 million after Hudson wore it in the film.


Dina Bar-El designed the gown. Paramount

Usually, a movie"s costume team creates the characters" looks, but the crew sought outside help for Andie"s iconic yellow gown.

The memorable outfit showcased on the movie"s cover was designed by German-born fashion-maven Dina Bar-El.


The movie could've been much shorter if Ben noticed this detail. Paramount

Ben is shocked to lớn learn that Andie is vegetarian after he cooks her a lamb dinner, but Andie"s story doesn"t line up — she ate crab on their first date.

Sure, she could"ve just been a lax vegetarian — but maybe if he"d noticed this detail, he could"ve caught wind of her plan much sooner.


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