Philadelphia (CW Philly) — “Oh my God, the bend and snap, works every time!” Legally Blonde fans will forever remember the iconic move that Elle Woods taught Paulette in the nail salon.
So, what was the inspiration behind this unforgettable scene? The film’s writers talked with Entertainment Weekly about the inception of the bend and snap.
According to co-writer Karen McCullah, the producer, Marc Platt, wanted to see another storyline for Paulette. So, they got to work at the writer’s table.
“[Producer] Marc [Platt] wanted a B plot for Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge),” McCullah said. “At first we were like, ‘Should the store be robbed?’”
As the team brainstormed, they came up with various crime plots, but nothing was clicking.
“We were pitching scene after scene and it all felt very tonally weird,” co-writer Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith explained.
The writers were at a bar when the scene finally clicked.
McCullah thought, “What if Elle shows [Paulette] a move, so she can get the UPS guy?”
With that idea in mind, Smith stood up, started moving, and the bend and snap was born.
“It was a spontaneous invention. It was a completely drunken moment in a bar,” Smith confessed.
Well, a drunken moment in a bar turned into a cinematic phenomenon that’s still celebrated today. In 2016, Reese Witherspoon posted a video of her bending and snapping, proving she’s still a fan of the move all these years later.
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