Yep, the intense, Method-acting, two-time Oscar-winner made his big splash playing blissed-out teenage surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in " Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Plus, it became the definitive high school sex comedy of the early s. Still, as many times as you've watched Penn's Spicoli get a pizza delivered to his class, or pressed the pause button on Phoebe Cates 's bikini scene, there's plenty you may not know about "Fast Times. Late in his " Almost Famous " underage rock journalist phase, the baby-faced, year-old Crowe went undercover for an entire school year as a student at Clairemont High School in San Diego. His reporting on the sociology of Southern California teens became a non-fiction book in , which in turn was the source for the future filmmaker's first screenplay.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Nude Scenes
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In reality, Fast Times is smarter and more perceptive. While teensploitation movies thrived on juvenilia, sex jokes, and nudity, Fast Times, like Valley Girl and The Last American Virgin, is character-based and character-driven. As a result, the humor and nudity - and there are plenty of each including one of the most popular topless scenes of the '80s - are more honest. When the final cut of Fast Times was delivered to the Universal Pictures executives, they didn't know what they had.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (United States, 1982)
Universe and starred in Pumping Iron as the vengeful and bitter title character Conan, in a tale filled with blood, sex, violence, and sword-fighting choreography. He sought revenge for the slaying of his parents when he was young by charismatic snake-cult leader Thulsa Doom James Earl Jones. On his journey, the orphaned Conan became a slave to the Wheel of Pain a gigantic mill-grinder , a pit fighter gladiator, a thief, and ultimately a swordsman-for-hire. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to Hell with you!
Often called the American Graffiti of the eighties, Fast Times features an ensemble cast, several subplots and different stereotypical characters who somehow all seem to share a connection, in this case their attendance to Ridgemont High. Due to the explicit content and nudity in the film, the crew insisted on only casting actors over 18 to play the main characters. Cage lied about his age to get the part of older brother Brad, but when the producers found out, they gave him a minor part, flipping burgers. Fast Times is also the only film were Cage is credited as Nicolas Coppola, which is his birth name.