There are quite a few baseball movies and even more football films. There’s also some basketball movies and even a handful of soccer movies. However, there is really only one golf film: Caddyshack. Why? Because we don’t need another golf movie. Caddyshack is perfect! Since its release in 1980, the cult classic continues to gain new fans. Its slapstick humor, tale of the haves versus the have-nots, and all-star cast, led by Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Billy Murray, crosses generational boundaries. Caddyshack‘s even gained some celebrity fans!
However, not everyone loved the movie upon its debut. Furthermore, over the years, tales of the behind-the-scenes chaos have emerged. Now we know that the making of Caddyshack was just as exciting as the film itself! For instance, did you know two of the stars fell in love on set? To find out about this, and many more behind-the-scenes secrets from the set of Caddyshack, read on…
1. Carl Spackler Did Not Always Talk
In the original screenplay, the writers intended Carl Spackler to be seen, not heard. It may be hard for Caddyshack fans to imagine that the hilarious groundskeeper wasn’t supposed to have a speaking part in the film. In fact, in the original script, he’s only in three scenes!
But after up-and-coming comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Murray snagged the role, everything changed. Murray made such an impression on the film’s producers that they expanded the part to the iconic character we know today. And the fact that Murray’s most frequent co-star was a gopher puppet proves that he could perform in just about any situation.