15 Painless Facts About Road House

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Two years after Dirty Dancing and one year before Ghost, Patrick Swayze played a bouncer with a Ph.D in philosophy in 1989’s Road House. The film's producer, Joel Silver, predicted it would become “the best drive-in movie ever made.” But after many cable airings, it has instead become the quintessential “so bad it’s good” cinematic experience. Here are 15 things you might not know about Road House.

1. ANNETTE BENING WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO PLAY DOC.

Kelly Lynch, who played Dr. Elizabeth Clay (a.k.a. "Doc") wasn't the producers' first choice. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Lynch shared that Annette Bening had originally been cast, "but she was fired. Patrick just didn’t feel any chemistry with her or something."

2. NO PARTS OF THE MOVIE WERE ACTUALLY FILMED IN MISSOURI.

Though the film is set in Jasper, Missouri, it was shot in California. The crew was forced to make the Double Deuce look more like a dive bar on the orders of Joel Silver, who thought it looked “too nice.”

3. SWAYZE’S HANDSOMENESS CAUSED PROBLEMS DURING PRODUCTION.

A pickup truck containing a group of middle-aged blonde women attempted to drive right up to the star’s trailer to meet the actor. During the big fight by the river, a raft of Swayze-loving ladies sailed by. A female extra playing a waitress was too busy staring at Swayze to watch where she was going and tripped, spilling all of her drinks on another extra.

4. SWAYZE WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT HIS MULLET.

He referred to his hair in the movie as the “bane of my existence.”

5. HE WAS WORKING WITH A BAD KNEE.

After the five-day long shoot fighting Marshall Teague’s Jimmy, Swayze needed 2.5 ounces of fluid drained from his left knee. He apparently had been suffering through knee problems before, needing a similar procedure during production on Dirty Dancing.

6. RED WAS PLAYED BY A LONG-TIME FRIEND OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S.

Red West, who played Red Webster, the auto parts store owner, went to high school with The King, and was a member of his “Memphis Mafia.” West was a songwriter who acted in some of Elvis’ movies and also worked as a stuntman. Also featured in Road House is The Jeff Healey Band, led by Jeff Healey, who went blind at the age of one and began playing guitar at the age of three; in 2008, he died of cancer at the age of 41. John Doe, founder and bass player of the band X, played the bartender who was bad at skimming.

7. ALL OF THE ACTORS DID THEIR OWN STUNTS.

"You hear all that bullsh** about 'It’s all stunt doubles' and all that sh**. Well, it isn’t," Sam Elliott told The A.V. Club. "All the actors, as far as I know, did their own fighting. I f**king got the sh** kicked out of me for the entire film." They were all trained by Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, a holder of nine black belts in nine different disciplines. Urquidez believed so much in Patrick Swayze's abilities that he suggested to him that he should become a competitive kickboxer.

8. THE DIRECTOR TRIED TO MAKE THE FIGHTS A LITTLE FUNNY.

The movie's humor is somewhat intentional; director Rowdy Herrington said he wanted to make the fights “like a Keystone Cops melee.”

9. WADE CALLING DALTON ‘HIJO’ WAS SAM ELLIOTT’S IDEA.

Hijo is Spanish for “son.” Aww.

10. BILL MURRAY OR ONE OF HIS BROTHERS CALL KELLY LYNCH’S HUSBAND EVERY TIME IT’S ON TELEVISION.

Whenever Bill, Joel, Brian Doyle, and/or John Murray see that Road House is on, they call screenwriter Mitch Glazer to tell him that his wife is having sex with Swayze. In one instance, Bill informed Glazer, who co-wrote Scrooged, long distance from Russia.

11. LYNCH SPENT A MONTH LEARNING HOW TO SEW STITCHES.

Only for her to be given a staple gun on set

. She was upset about the apparent waste of time researching her role in an emergency room for one month.

12. SAM ELLIOTT SAID HE GETS RECOGNIZED MOST FROM ROAD HOUSE.

Though he has nearly 90 credits to his name, in 2007 Elliott told Collider that he's most recognized from Road House. Earlier this year, he admitted to Vulture that he “wasn’t so good” in the film. Joel Silver cast him due to his “baggage.”

13. RED’S AUTO SUPPLY STORE EXPLOSION WOKE UP THE NEIGHBORS.

They thought that MGM studios was burning down. It cost $25,000 to shoot that scene.

14. THE NYPD USES A SCENE FROM THE MOVIE AS PART OF ITS RETRAINING COURSE.

The scene where Dalton lectures the Double Deuce staff about the three simple rules (i.e. "Be nice") is shown to police officers. This started after it was reported that cops were falling asleep during the lectures.

15. THERE WAS A DIRECT-TO-DVD SEQUEL.

2006’s Road House 2: Last Call killed off Dalton, who was finally stopped by a bullet to the head. It starred Johnathon Schaech as Dalton’s son, D.E.A. agent Shane Tanner, who runs his uncle Nate’s bar the Black Pelican while trying to solve his father’s murder. In 2013, it was reported that a remake of Road House was in the works, directed by original Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

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6 Too-Cool Facts About Henry Winkler for His 75th Birthday

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Henry Winkler thumbs-upped his way into America’s hearts as the Fonz in Happy Days more than 40 years ago, and he hasn’t been out of the spotlight since—whether it’s playing himself in an Adam Sandler movie, a hospital administrator with a weird obsession with butterflies in Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, the world's worst lawyer in Arrested Development, a pantomiming Captain Hook on the London stage, or the world's most lovable acting coach to a contract killer in Barry

1. Henry Winkler made up a Shakespeare monologue to get into the Yale School of Drama.

After graduating from Emerson College, Winkler applied to Yale University’s drama program. In his audition, he had to do two scenes, a modern and a classic comedy. However, when he arrived at his audition, he forgot the Shakespeare monologue he had planned to recite. So he made something up on the spot. He was still selected for one of 25 spots in the program. 

2. HENRY WINKLER’S FATHER INSPIRED “JUMPING THE SHARK.”

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In the fifth season of Happy Days, the Fonz grabbed a pair of water skis and jumped over a shark. The phrase “jumping the shark” would become pop culture shorthand for the desperate gimmicks employed by TV writers to keep viewers hooked into a show that’s running out of storylines. But Winkler’s water skiing adventure was partially inspired by his father, who begged his son to tell his co-workers about his past as a water ski instructor. When he did, the writers wrote his skills into the show. Winkler would later reference the moment in his role as lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn on Arrested Development, hopping over a dead shark lying on a pier.  

3. Henry Winkler is an advocate for dyslexia awareness. 

Winkler struggled throughout high school due to undiagnosed dyslexia. “I didn't read a book until I was 31 years old when I was diagnosed with dyslexia,” he told The Guardian in 2014. He has co-written several chapter books for kids featuring Hank Zipper, a character who has dyslexia. In 2015, a Hank Zipper book is printed in Dyslexie, a special font designed to be easier for kids with dyslexia to read. 

4. Henry Winkler didn't get to ride Fonzie's motorcycle.

On one of his first days on the set of Happy Days, producers told Winkler that he just had to ride the Fonz’s motorcycle a few feet. Because of his dyslexia, he couldn’t figure out the vehicle’s controls, he told an interviewer with the Archive of American Television. “I gunned it and rammed into the sound truck, nearly killed the director of photography, put the bike down, and slid under the truck,” he recalled. For the next 10 years, whenever he appeared on the motorcycle, the bike was actually sitting on top of a wheeled platform. 

5. Henry Winkler has performed with MGMT. 

In addition to his roles on BarryArrested Development, Royal Pains, Parks and Recreation, and more, Winkler has popped up in a few unexpected places in recent years. He appeared for a brief second in the music video for MGMT’s “Your Life Is a Lie” in 2013. He later showed up at a Los Angeles music festival to play the cowbell with the band, too.

6. Henry Winkler won his first Emmy at the age of 72.

The seventh time was a charm for Henry Winkler. In 2018, at the age of 72—though just shy of his 73rd birthday—Winkler won an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on Barry. It was the seventh time Winkler had been nominated for an Emmy. His first nomination came in 1976 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Happy Days (he earned an Emmy nod in the same category for Happy Days in 1977 and 1978 as well.

This story has been updated for 2020.