Muriel’s Wedding star Gabby Millgate reveals which iconic line was almost cut from the film



Muriel’s Wedding star Gabby Millgate reveals why her famous line ‘You’re terrible, Muriel!’ was almost cut from the classic Australian film

She is best known for delivering the famous line ‘You’re terrible, Muriel!’ in the ’90s film Muriel’s Wedding.

But Gabby Millgate, who played the character of Joanie Heslop, has now revealed that the iconic moment was almost cut from the movie.

The 50-year-old actress said that director P.J. Hogan had originally wanted to cut the line, but award-winning editor Jill Bilcock convinced him to keep it.  

Famous phrase: Muriel’s Wedding star Gabby Millgate (pictured) has revealed why her famous line ‘You’re terrible, Muriel!’ was almost cut from the classic Australian film

‘I was sure it was going to be cut from the movie,’ Gabby said, in an interview with SBS’s Insight set to air on Tuesday night.

‘It was Jill Bilcock who convinced [Hogan] that it was something he should keep, because when you see things over and over again they kind of lose their magic.’

The phrase went on to become one of the most famous moments in the film.

The ’90s classic follows Muriel, played by Toni Collette, who spends her days dreaming of the perfect wedding day – despite never having been on a date. 

Iconic: The 50-year-old actress (pictured in Muriel's Wedding) said that director P.J. Hogan had originally wanted to cut the line, but award-winning editor Jill Bilcock convinced him to keep it

Iconic: The 50-year-old actress (pictured in Muriel’s Wedding) said that director P.J. Hogan had originally wanted to cut the line, but award-winning editor Jill Bilcock convinced him to keep it

In an interview with Stellar in 2018, Toni said she was thankful for her hilarious role as the socially awkward singleton, and for what it continues to give her career.

‘Those doors would never be opening now were it not for Muriel’s Wedding,’ she said.

The actress, who was born in Blacktown, in Sydney’s west, also revealed that she still gets stopped in the street by fans who say ‘you’re terrible, Muriel!’ more than two decades after the film’s release.

Lonely heart: The '90s classic follows Muriel (pictured), played by Toni Collette, who spends her days dreaming of the perfect wedding day - despite never having been on a date

Lonely heart: The ’90s classic follows Muriel (pictured), played by Toni Collette, who spends her days dreaming of the perfect wedding day – despite never having been on a date 

Gabby will appear in the SBS Insight special 15 Minutes Later, alongside other celebrities whose fame was also short-lived.

Abbie Chatfield from The Bachelor, Big Brother’s Camilla Harper, MasterChef’s Simon Toohey and celebrity agent Max Markson will feature in the program. 

Insight’s 15 Minutes Later airs Tuesday at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand 

Successful: In an interview with Stellar in 2018, Toni said she was thankful for her hilarious role as the socially awkward singleton, and for what it continues to give her career

Successful: In an interview with Stellar in 2018, Toni said she was thankful for her hilarious role as the socially awkward singleton, and for what it continues to give her career

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