5 things you
didn't know about

She's the man

by jessica leon

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SHE'S THE MAN

Fifteen years ago, Amanda Bynes stole her brother’s identity, fell in love with her roommate, and started a never-ending love quarrel — all so she could play soccer. 

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Before Viola, played by Bynes, transforms into her brother Sebastian, she’s seen perfecting her boy mannerisms. When Bynes is imitating men on the street, those weren’t actors!

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Producers originally wanted Jesse McCartney to play Sebastian Hastings. Do you see a resemblance between these “Beautiful Souls”? 


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The actors and actresses did most of their own stunts, on the soccer field and also during that infamous bathroom fight. Ouch! 

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Costar Channing Tatum wouldn’t have gotten the role without a little help from Bynes. She fought to have Tatum cast as Duke, even though he was rather unknown at the time. 


— AMANDA BYNES

"HE'D JUST DONE A MOUNTAIN DEW COMMERCIAL AND I WAS LIKE, 'THIS GUY'S A STAR - EVERY GIRL WILL LOVE HIM."

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Did you know that She’s the Man is based on William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night? The teen film takes almost all of its locations and character names directly from the play. 

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