31 Facts About "Grease" You Won't Believe!

One Character Doesn’t Have A Single Dance Scene

“Grease” is one of our all-time favorites, regardless of how many times we’ve seen it.

Check out these insane facts about the filming of the movie, the cast, and the characters that you had no idea about!

Marty, played by actress Dinah Manoff, lacks rhythm and cannot dance.

One Of The Most Iconic Scenes Took Only An Afternoon To Film!

That’s why she doesn’t participate in any dance numbers.

A Major Actor Had To Dye Her Hair For The Role

We don’t know about you, but “You’re The One That I Want,” is one of our favorite scenes from the whole movie, and it took just an afternoon to film!

Kenickie Had A Thing For Sandy!

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her strands dark brown.

Kenickie had a thing for Sandy. Well, sort of...Jeff Conaway had a crush on Olivia Newton-John during filming.

Elvis Played A Role In The Film

He later married her sister. Rest assured, their flimsy yet intricate dynamic made for one or two cringe-worthy conversations at the family BBQ.

All The Background Dancers Were Named

The singer didn’t physically appear in the film, but he did play a part in “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee.” The lyrics “Elvis Elvis let me be, keep that pelvis far from me” were added into the song because the legend died the day they filmed the scene.

All the background dancers were named, which doesn’t always happen in films. Credits might list background dancer #1, or background dancer #2.

Olivia Newton-John Didn’t Want To Film The Carnival Scene

The dancers in “Grease” were named Bart, Bubba, Moose, and Sauce.

One of the most well-known scenes and songs from the film, “You’re The One That I Want”, wasn’t all fun and games.

The Actors Were Much Older Than The Characters They Played

Olivia Newton-John was extremely afraid of that scene and John Travolta had to convince his co-star to carry through with the song and film.

A Major Company Deal Was Dropped

They might have played high schoolers, but the characters were much older IRL: John Travolta was 23, Oliva Newton-John was 28, Stockard Channing was 33, Jeff Conaway was 26, Michael Tucci was 31, Kelly Ward was 20, Didi Conn was 25, Jamie Donnelly was 30, Barry Pearl was 27, and Dinah Manoff was 19.

Originally, Coca-Cola had a product placement deal with the movie, but the deal fell through during production.

There’s a Nod To James Dean

Producers couldn’t take the products out, so they blurred out all Coca-Cola appearances.

Cha Cha Had A Scary Medical Emergency During Filming

In the movie, Danny’s blue wind-breaker was meant to be a nod to James Dean.

Cha Cha aka Anette Charles was in the hospital during filming, but she checked herself out to film that drag racing scene.

Olivia Newton-John Almost Didn’t Take The Part

She had to have emergency surgery that night for an ectopic pregnancy.

The actress was unsure she could pass for a high school student, so she asked for a screen test before she took the role.

The Film Was Almost Shot Drastically Differently

When she saw that she played a convincing high-schooler, she took the part.

The film was almost shot solely in animation, and we would never have gotten to see a live-person Sandy tell Danny “tell me about it stud.” We can’t have that.

There’s A Scene That Honors Highly Celebrated Entertainment Icons

When the producers and directors decided against the idea, they made the credits animated as a nod to the notion.

Can you think of a group who Sonny (Michael Tucci), Doody (Barry Pearl) and Putzie (Kelly Ward) resemble?

Jeff Conaway Came Up With That Non-Hug

The guys asked the director to play tribute to The Three Stooges, and it was added into the film during the bonfire scene.

Right before the street race, Danny and Kenickie hug, but quickly comb their hair and look away like they never hugged it out big time.

Sandra Dee Didn’t Fit In The Costume

Jeff Conaway was the one who had the idea to blow off the embrace because he insisted two males would never have hugged in the 50s.

For the carnival scene at the end, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her pants: “They sewed me into those pants every morning for a week,” she said. “Believe me, I had to be very careful about what I ate and drank.

Danny Doesn’t Originally Sing “Greased Lightning”

It was excruciating… It was 106 degrees on the set for the carnival finale.”

In the stage production of “Grease,” Danny doesn’t get the honor of signing the song, “Greased Lightning”. The song was in fact sung by Kenickie.

Lucille Ball Is To Blame For Her Daughter Not Being Cast

However, when it came to filming, John Travolta convinced producers that he was more fit for the job.

Originally, Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, was up for the role of Rizzo.

John and Olivia’s First Meeting

However, when Ball called to say that her daughter was too good to audition for the part, producers opted for a different actor.

The first time John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John met was at Olivia’s home.

Jeff Conaway Was Seriously Injured

Travolta had been a huge fan of Olivia and was rather star struck when the first encounter actually took place.

During the filming of “Greased Lightning”, Jeff Conaway was dropped and seriously injured his back.

Rizzo’s “Hickeys from Kenickie” Were Real!

The injury led to Conaway’s abuse of prescription drugs.

Those hickeys weren’t the work of a skilled makeup artist, they were authentic and given to the actress by Jeff Conaway, (who played Kenickie)!

Coach Calhoun Almost Got Raunchy

The actor insisted the marks be real.

Harry Reems, star of the 1972 adult film “Deep Throat” was originally cast in the role of Coach Calhoun.

Cast Members Got Really Sick After Filming

Wow, things almost got super greasy on set!

John Travolta Almost Lost The Part Of Danny

After the drag racing scene, many cast members got sick because the water was stagnant and filled with contaminated bacteria.

Henry Winkler–who played Fonzie on “Happy Days”–was offered the role of Danny Zuko.

A Cultural Change

Winkler turned down the part though because he felt the character was too similar to Fonzie.

Safety First

While in the stage version, Sandy is an American girl with the last name of “Dumbrowski”, directors decided to make her Australian after the decision to cast Australian native Olivia Newton-John was made.

The plastic wrap that Travolta is holding in the “Greased Lightning” sequence was actually representative of condoms.

Burger Palace Boys

Go figure.

T-Birds weren’t supposed to be called T-Birds.

John Travolta Also Played as Doody

In fact, the broadway musical coined the gang with the name, “Burger Palace Boys”

Yup, you heard that right.

Frankie Valli Sang “Grease”

John Travolta was cast as Doody (not Danny) in the broadway musical, “Grease.” Several other characters from the famous film also starred as other characters in the musical.

Jeff Conaway Was Taller Than He Seemed

The title song, “Grease,” which can be heard during the opening credits of the movie was sung by Frankie Valli.

It Got Really Hot

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

The temperature got to 116 degrees during the filming of the Rydell Prom Scene.

In fact, a few extras were even treated for heat-related illnesses during filming.