Gabrielle Union Spills Major Behind-the-Scenes Secret About 'Bring It On' on TikTok
Gabrielle Union is letting fans in on a little secret about her iconic teen film, Bring It On.
The 49-year-old actress revealed on TikTok that the official trailer included scenes that weren't put in the movie—and no, it wasn't because of original footage that got cut. As it turns out, Union and fellow co-stars who played Clovers cheerleaders had to film additional scenes for the trailer after they finished filming the actual movie. And it was all because of the audience's reaction to the test screenings.
In her TikTok post, Union added a clip from the trailer and explained, "We shot these snippets that you see here after the movie wrapped. Because once test audiences saw the movie, they wanted more of the Clovers."
She continued, "So, we shot these only for the trailer, not for the movie, to make people think we were in the movie more than we were." Questionable marketing strategy? Absolutely, as we imagine plenty of fans were in for a big surprise when they finally saw the film. And why not solve the real problem by giving these women more actual scenes with reshoots/additions to the film?
While the actress, who played Isis, head cheerleader of the Clovers, didn't have much screen-time throughout the movie, her character left an indelible mark on pop culture, inspiring plenty of catchphrases and memes. Still, Union revealed in her memoir, You Got Anything Stronger?, that she wished she handled her character a bit differently.
While speaking about Isis's decision to take the high road at the end, she told People, "I thought that was being the bigger person. But instead, I wasn’t giving full voice to the frustration and harm that cultural appropriation causes. I didn’t allow her to be as angry and disappointed and frustrated as she should have been. A young Black girl should have said, ‘Yeah you stole our routines and when you were forced to come up with your own, you weren’t good enough.’ But I didn’t give her a full voice."
Given that there's already another Bring It On sequel in the works, we imagine that Union will offer a whole new take on this fearless cheerleading queen.
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