When it was released in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous was not an instant hit. Over time, however. The mockumentary film became a cult classic. While most cast members got along by swimming, one Drop Dead Gorgeous actor didn't have the best reputation on set: Kirstie Alley.
Kirstie Alley starred in the 1999 film "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
Actors Mindy Sterling, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards and Sam McMurray in Drop Dead Gorgeous | Getty Images
In a 2014 BuzzFeed Profile of Drop Dead Gorgeous, the release spoke to many key actors from the 1999 film.
"It's been a great summer hanging out with Ellen Barkin and being completely silly and Kirsten, who is such a beautiful girl," said actress Allison Janney, who played Loretta in the film. “We thought that was something special. I felt like I was going to high school with these girls. "
Most of the cast felt the same way – and they nostalgically reflected their time filming Drop Dead Gorgeous. t all actors were that strong in the crowd, however.
"Alley and Barkin were perhaps the furthest away from the group: both actors filmed for two weeks and never overlapped," BuzzFeed reported. In particular, Alley made her mark as "an unforgettable presence on the set – for better or for worse".
Drop Dead Gorgeous director Michael Patrick Jann had never worked with anyone like Alley before.
"It was my introduction to, 'Oh, this person is a huge fucking star,'" he shared.
The "Cheers" actress incorporated her religion into her costumes for "Drop Dead Gorgeous".
Lona Williams, the film's screenwriter, told BuzzFeed about the behind-the-scenes tidbits at Alley. Apparently, the Cheers alum refused to "wear many of the costumes chosen for them and didn't show up to fittings."
Much of their interaction in the film was filtered through their religion. The website says: "… she had her clothes sent to the Scientology Celebrity Center in Hollywood and had them tried on there."
Alley's off-brand behavior wasn't limited to the cloakroom, however.
"She also declined to work with the dialect coach on set," continued BuzzFeed. Matt Malloy, who played one of the pageant judges in the film, said he clearly remembers Alley's introduction to the Drop Dead Gorgeous set.
"She gets up there and announces that she has just quit smoking, is on a diet and is on her period," he said. "And she's not kidding."
Kirstie Alley at SiriusXM Studios in 2016 | Cindy Ord / Getty Images
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It sounds like Kirstie Alley called her about her role in the coming-of-age movie "Drop Dead Gorgeous".
Still, "Malloy was quick to think Alley did a great job with the part."
The film's writer, on the other hand, wasn't as happy with Alley's performance. Williams told BuzzFeed:
I didn't find it funny. For me it was the greatest crime regardless of their attitude or "I won't or won't do this". If you're really great, I end up thinking none of it. But I just didn't find them funny.
Another Drop Dead Gorgeous actor Mindy Sterling called Alley a "scream" to work with.
“At some point we were working on something and she looks at me and says,“ Maybe I should have read the script, ”she told the publication,“ and it just made me laugh. ”Williams didn't find the memory so humorous on set .
"Your response to Alley's comment," Maybe I should have read the script, "noted BuzzFeed," was a sardonic "you think?"