Things I Learned Watching Billy Madison With the Audio Commentary On
We're joined by director Tamra Davis
- •Tamra was the second director hired. The first was fired after 4 days of shooting.
- •Besides also making CB4 and Half Baked, Davis has made two documentaries about her close late friend, Jean Michael Basquiat.
- •Tamra is married to Beastie Boy Mike D.
- •For the dodgeball scene, Adam was adamant that he needed to really peg the kids with a ball...hard. So he came up with a plan that they'd excitedly ask out loud, "Who wants to get hit with a ball?" He knew they would all want to be involved. Once they filmed it, some kids loved it, others started crying immediately.
- •The man who plays Principal Max Anderson in middle school, and later The Revolting Blob, is Josh Mostel, the son of Broadway star, and The Producers legend, Zero Mostel.
- •Before Chris Farley performed his cameo as the on-edge bus driver, he quickly downed 4 espressos.
- •Gwyneth Paltrow was working in Toronto, where Billy Madison shot. Adam, Chris Farley & David Spade (who were also nearby filming Tommy Boy) and Gwyneth hung out a lot on off days and played something called "The Death Game."
- •The glam rock band that plays Billy's graduation party was actually a non-ironic local band they saw at a bar.
- •The high school principal, who would later host the Jeopardy game, is Jim Downey, a former SNL head writer responsible for class is moments and characters from the show.