10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the film that couldn't fight the moonlight.

TK Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'
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Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) was in search of big city fame
in the 2000 romantic dramedy Coyote Ugly. The film, directed by David McNally and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starred John Goodman as Violet's overprotective father, and Maria Bello, Tyra Banks, and Bridget Moynahan as Violet's sexy bartender co-workers at a notorious nightclub. Though critics panned the film upon its release (it currently holds a 22 percent Rotten Tomatoes score), fans were all about LeAnn Rimes' musical contributions (helloooo, "Can't Fight the Moonlight").  

In honor of the film's 15th anniversary, here are 10 things you never knew about it.

1. The real Coyote Ugly Saloon opened in 1993 in New York City. 

There are now 14 Coyote Ugly Saloon locations across the country. 

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


2. The movie is inspired by the real experiences of author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame. 

In the GQ article "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon," she recounts her time as a Coyote bartender. 

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


3. Jessica Simpson auditioned for the lead role of Violet Sanford.

However, she dropped out after filmmakers refused to take out the sex scene between Violet and Kevin O'Donnell (played by Adam Garcia). 

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


4. Britney Spears and Jewel were also considered for the role. 

Spears, of course, did go on to find big-screen fame two years later in Crossroads

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


5. Coyote Ugly is a real slang term, apparently. 

According to Urban Dictionary, it's "waking up from a drunken stupor to find that your sexual partner of the previous night is not only ghastly, but is sleeping with his/her head resting on your arm. The only way to escape, without waking the beast, is to chew off your arm and flee." Well then. 


6. 
LeAnne Rimes did all of the singing for Piper Perabo. 

Even though Piper Perabo could actually sing in real life.  

7. Kevin Smith did an uncredited rewrite of the script. 

Despite the fact that eight writers helped Smith work on it, the Writers Guild of America only gave credit to Gina Wendkos. She went on to write the screenplay for The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement


8. Johnny Knoxville and Michael Bay both make cameos in the film. 

They play a man in the bar and a photographer, respectively. 

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


9. The soundtrack for the movie was on the Billboard Top 40 for over a year. 

Three sings were also released from the soundtrack including "Can't Fight the Moonlight," "But I Do Love You," and "The Right Kind of Wrong." 

10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Coyote Ugly'


10. LeAnn Rimes was only 17 when the movie came out. 

Critics took issue with her overly sexy outfit (leather pants and a skimpy top) and the fact that, even with a fake ID, she would "never have been allowed inside any NYC bar." 

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