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9 Things About Miss Congeniality That Are Better Than April 25th

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It's been 17 years since we were blessed with Miss Congeniality, and it still holds up as a comedic classic. It was the first time we really got to see Sandra Bullock in her element, and once she found the spotlight she never left it.

But there are some things about the movie you may not have know, and frankly they're more perfect than April 25th.

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1. Mr. Ed

You probably know him as Richard Gilmore, but the late, legendary Ed Herrmann was set to make a cameo in Miss Congeniality. He was set to play Gracie's father, and can even be seen in the film's first trailer. Unfortunately, Herrmann's entire cameo was cut from the final version of the film.

2. Stunt Sandra

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Though some people write it off as a comedy, Miss Congeniality was a fairly action-packed movie. But because she's a professional, Bullock did most of her own stunts.

“She jumped right in," said stunt-coordinator Jack Gill. "She picked it up really quick. She listens very well. She’s very athletic.”

In a behind-the-scenes feature, Bullock says the physical aspect was far from the most difficult part.

"The most difficult thing for me is to actually walk and talk with breasts that aren’t mine and six-inch stiletto heels. That’s my action. The leaping and jumping? That’s no problem. It’s the walking and talking with the breasts that’s going to be my…difficult part,” she joked.

3. Pre vs Post

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When it came to hair and makeup, Bullock said she identified more with the pre-makeover Gracie as opposed to post-makeover. It only took 30 minutes to get into pre-makeover character, but a whole 2.5 hours to get beauty-pageant ready!

4. Just Keep Swimming

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Most beauty pageants require a swimsuit portion, but Sandra Bullock didn't want the movie to have one. Considering herself a tomboy, Bullock was reluctant to be on screen in a two-piece.

"That was a huge bone of contention for me. I was trying to get it written out so many times and it’s in the script,” she said.

5. Midnight Cowboy

When Gracie is learning how to properly "glide," as demonstrated by Michael Caine, a taxi almost hits her. Gracie yells, "Hey, I'm glidin' here!" which is a nod to Dustin Hoffman's character in Midnight Cowboy, who yells "I'm walking here!"

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