The famous 'Bridesmaids' dress fitting scene originally featured a dream sequence with Matt Damon chopping wood

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"Bridesmaids." Universal
  • Originally the dress fitting scene was to feature a dream sequence starring Matt Damon.

  • It was later changed by Feig and producer Judd Apatow to the now memorable food poisoning debacle.

  • "There needed to be a consequence to Annie's actions," Feig told Insider.

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Before "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig, screenwriters Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and producer Judd Apatow landed on the memorable gross-out dress fitting scene in the classic comedy, the scene had a very different tone.

Feig, looking back on the movie for its 10th anniversary this month, revealed to Insider that originally the plan was for Wiig's character, Annie, to have a sudden dream sequence in the middle of the scene. And it would have featured an Oscar-winning actor.

"Annie goes in the dressing room to try on this really expensive dress, and suddenly she has a fantasy of what her life could be in this dress," Feig said of what was originally in the script. "It's this romance feel with her running through the woods and Matt Damon is shirtless chopping wood."

That's right. Matt Damon. Shirtless. Chopping wood.

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Matt Damon. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

The romance novel feel was later spiked, Feig said, when he and Apatow felt there needed to be more to the dress fitting moment in the movie.

"There needed to be a consequence to Annie's actions, and she needs to be humiliated in front of Helen [played by Rose Byrne] and the other bridesmaids," Feig said. "So we came up with the food poisoning from being at a s---ty restaurant."

Wiig and Mumolo went back and rewrote the dress fitting scene so it would now feature the women throwing up and defecating inside the store due to the bad food they just ate. Meanwhile, Annie, who was responsible for the disaster, tries to keep it together in front of Helen, who didn't eat any of the food, though she's sweating through her dress and looks like she's about to vomit.

Feig said therein lies the true comedic moment of the gross scene.

"Everyone remembers all the s---ting and farting and throwing up, but the only reason that scene is funny is because Annie will not admit that she f---ed up," he said. "We always felt there needed to be a moment when Annie is just like, 'I'm fine. That restaurant was great.' Despite her friends s---ting and puking in this very white place."

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Paul Feig on the set of "Bridesmaids." Universal

"Bridesmaids" has gone on to be a beloved comedy with many fans hoping to one day see a sequel. Even recently Rudolph said she would be up for doing one.

However, Feig says because he's never seen a good sequel idea and that Wiig doesn't want to do one, it's likely we will never see one.

"The worst thing in the world is making a sequel that poisons the original," Feig said. "People start saying, 'I wish they hadn't made a sequel.'"

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