"Hey everybody! We're all gonna get laid!"
Those are the immortal final words of Caddyshack, the irreverent 1980 comedy that's become an endlessly quotable cult classic after bogeying at the box office.
Directed by National Lampoon alum Harold Ramis, and starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Ted Knight, the film follows a teenage caddie named Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe), who works at an exclusive golf course that's been shaken up by obnoxious new member Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and a destructive dancing gopher.
But as we discover in Chris Nashawaty's new book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story (Flatiron), the circumstances of making the movie were often more bizarre than what we see on screen. here are some of the more intriguing tidbits Nashawaty learned about the film's crazy, cocaine-fueled production, through interviews with its stars and creators.
1. Mickey Rourke and Michelle Pfeiffer could have starred. Bushwood Country Club might have looked very different. To play Al, Ramis initially eyed Don Rickles, but opted for Dangerfield after his gut-busting run of guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Rourke was one of two final candidates for Danny, before it went to O'Keefe, while Pfeiffer turned down the role of blonde bombshell Lacey (played by Cindy Morgan) due to nudity. Pink Floyd also said "no" to writing original songs for the film, which Kenny Loggins later contributed.
2. Carl Spackler wasn't in early drafts of the script. The first 200-page draft was more of a coming-of-age movie than a comedy, centering on a love triangle between Danny, Irish club employee Maggie (Sarah Holcomb) and fellow caddie Tony (Scott Colomby). But as the story shifted to showcase the comedy all-stars in the cast, the Carl character came to life. The writers continually added more scenes for the loopy greenskeeper during shooting, as Murray improvised most of his dialogue, including Carl's "Dalai Lama" exchange with Angie (Peter Berkrot) and "Cinderella Story" monologue.
3. The gopher also became more prominent later. Much of Carl's ongoing hunt for the golf course-destroying varmint was added in post-production, after producer Jon Peters watched an unwieldy 4½-hour cut of the movie and brainstormed ways to structure the story. To add more scenes of the gopher, they filmed an animatronic puppet on a flatbed trailer covered in dirt, and recycled dolphin sounds from the 1960s TV show Flipper.
4. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray didn't bring bad blood to set. The unspoken question throughout shooting was whether the Saturday Night Live veterans could keep the peace, after a screaming match backstage at the NBC sketch show over Chase's rising star and bruised egos. But when the studio requested a scene between Ty and Carl, the actors kept it strictly professional, playing off each other and even shooting another scene that didn't make it into the film of their characters riding a lawnmower.
5. Cindy Morgan says she felt exploited by nudity. The actress agreed to appear topless for a sex scene between Lacey and Danny in Caddyshack. But she wasn't aware that Peters had booked a Playboy photographer to come to set to shoot her for a promotional spread in the magazine, which she initially declined to do. She reluctantly agreed to go through with it when Peters threatened to end her career, before Ramis stepped in and canceled the shoot.