Sister Act: What you never knew about the 1992 movie
JUNE 04, 2015 11:24AM
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writers are currently penning a third instalment in the movie franchise which started in 1992.
Thereâ€™s no word yet if Whoopi Goldberg will appear in the upcoming flick, but with a bit of divine intervention sheâ€™ll hopefully reprise her role as Deloris Van Cartier.
To celebrate the potential third movie, weâ€™ve tracked down some fun known facts about Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit:
Leading lady: Whoopi Goldberg only landed the lead role after Bette Midler turned it down, and boy does she regret it.
â€œOh my God, itâ€™s all so tragic,â€ said Midler to Metro about some of the famous roles sheâ€™s passed on.
â€œThere was Sister Act, which was written for me, but I said: â€˜My fans donâ€™t want to see me in a wimple.â€™
â€œI donâ€™t know where I got that from. Why would I say such a thing? So Whoopi did it instead and, of course, she made a fortune. Then she went on and did Sister Act 2.â€
Name change: The original name of the lead character was meant to be Terri Van Cartier, but the original screenplay writer, Paul Rudnick, was asked to change it when Bette Midler passed on the film.
â€œWhoopi Goldberg was suddenly eager to play the part of Terri, although she asked that the characterâ€™s name be changed to Deloris, because, I was told, sheâ€™d always wanted to play someone named Deloris,â€ revealed Rudnick in The New Yorker.
Research: When he was writing the screenplay, Rudnick spent a few days living in a convent in Connecticut, which he chose for a very particular reason.
â€œIâ€™d read that this convent was the home of the actress Dolores Hart, who … had played opposite Elvis Presley in King Creole,â€ wrote Rudnick.
â€œHart had left Hollywood to become a nun, taking her final vows in 1970 … Sheâ€™d done something unheard of for an American: sheâ€™d been offered the life of a celebrity and, quietly and politely, sheâ€™d said no.â€
Dubbed: Remember the shy red-headed nun in the film called Sister Mary Robert?
She had some voice on her didnâ€™t she? Actually, no, she didnâ€™t.
Not happy:Sister Act may have been a huge hit, but itâ€™s fair to say Whoopi Goldberg doesnâ€™t have fond memories of making the movie.
The star had several creative differences with Disney and when the film was released she refused to do interviews to promote it.
â€œThere was tenseness that I noticed,â€ said Kathy Najimy (who played Sister Mary Patrick) to the New York Daily News.
â€œYou could tell she was not the most happy she has ever been in her life. But there was no tenseness in front of us. That was all between her and Disney.â€
Character inspiration: Kathy Najimy admitted in a 1992 interview that before filming started, she had absolutely no idea how she was going to play the role of a cheery nun.
But that all changed when she caught an episode of Entertainment Tonight.
â€œI turn on the TV. Itâ€™s something with me and Sally Field running around (from a movie called Soapdish), and they come back to Mary Hart (who co-hosted ET from 1982 â€” 2011) and she went, â€˜That Sally Field, ya gotta love her!â€™
â€œAnd I said, â€˜Oh my God, thatâ€™s my nun!â€™â€