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The Name Game

The various alternate titles of ''It Could Happen to You''

When director Andrew Bergman was putting the finishing touches on his romantic comedy starring Bridget Fonda and Nicolas Cage, he discovered the film had one problem: its title. ''Every time we screened the picture the audience just hated the name,'' says Bergman of the then-titled Cop Tips Waitress. ''So we thought, maybe we should change it.'' Thus began a series of transformations that resemble the tortured genealogy of an Old Testament clan: Cop Tips Waitress begat Cop Gives Waitress 2 M, which begat Cop Tips Waitress 2 Million Dollars, which begat Cop Gives Waitress 2 Million Dollar Tip, which begat The 2 Million Dollar Tip, which begat the film's final name, It Could Happen to You. The title changes also begat utter confusion. Says Bergman: ''My costume designer took the picture thinking she was working on Kafka's Waitress.''

Originally posted Aug 05, 1994 Published in issue #234 Aug 05, 1994 Order article reprints
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