The first Zombieland was such a terrific blend of comedy and horror — not to mention it has one of the greatest opening credit sequences ever — that pushing for a sequel that’s even half as good seems like a gamble destined for disappointment. (Need I remind you how Anchorman 2 came out?) To mark the fifth anniversary of Zombieland’s undead glory, unwrap a Twinkie and indulge in some trivia. Like what Tallahassee’s Twinkies were really made of…
1. Woody Harrelson ate custom-made vegan-friendly Twinkies. It may come as a shock, but Twinkies are not a vegan-friendly food. Woody has been a strict Vegan for years, which meant that special Twinkies had to be made out of cornmeal to accommodate the actor’s diet.
“I’m not a Twinkie lover. I don’t do sugar or dairy either. When we finally shot my Twinkie-eating scene in the movie, they had to give me a specially made mock Twinkie made of corn meal.”
2. Patrick Swayze almost played the celebrity zombie. Before Bill Murray it was going to be Patrick Swayze’s house the zombie-fighting crew was going to breaks into. Swayze would have played himself and parodied scenes from Ghost and Dirty Dancing. Joe Pesci, Kevin Bacon, and Matthew McConaughey were also considered before landing on zombie Bill Murray.
3. John Carpenter was originally going to direct the movie. Zombieland might have been a lot different had the horror master been in the director’s chair. Carpenter was interested in doing the film, but ultimately had to turn it down because of prior engagements.
4. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” almost made it into the opening credits. Before Metallica, it was the King of Pop who was considered for the opening credits. The licensing of the song would have undoubtedly been expensive, and director Ruben Fliescher told Vanity Fair that a number of artists were on the table before settling on the metal.
“And Metallica, we’re lucky to have them and it’s fucking amazing to have a zombie movie start with “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which is incredible. But, yeah, through the process we tried a million different songs. One of my favorites was Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe through the Tulips.”