We’ll have 30 secrets and techniques about when Harry met Sally – and what she received
19. The idea for the infamous orgasm scene in which Sally proves to an incredulous Harry that women can fake sexual pleasure came from an unlikely source: Ryan. Originally the scene was supposed to be just a conversation, but during a read through Ryan said, “Well, why don’t I just do this?” Crystal then suggested that this should be done in an unlikely location, a restaurant that became the location of the legendary Katz’s Deli, even though Reiner initially wanted Carnegie Deli.
Although it was her suggestion when the day came to film the scene, Ryan was nervous and “half-heartedly” at first before Reiner took her place to show her exactly what he wanted (and reassured her) and received applause from all extras. The “very focused” Ryan then took one after the other and “during every break she runs to her trailer,” I’ll have what she has notes.
The scene would ultimately earn the film an R-rating and Ryan her place as one of the queens of romantic comedies.
20. Ryan later asked why she suggested the wrong orgasm for “high maintenance” Sally. Ryan explained, “Sally’s comedy is so behavioral. There’s not that much talk, it does, so it made a lot of sense. It wasn’t difficult. We all sat in Rob’s office for hours just talking about it [the movie]. “
21. As for the woman who wanted what Sally had? It was Estelle Reiner, Reiner’s 70-year-old mother. He called her to ask if she would come in for a line that might very well land on the cutting room floor. “I don’t care as long as I can spend the day with my son,” she said, out loud, “I’ll have what she has”. “I’ll come, I’ll have a hot dog.” She did it in two takes, “I’ll have what she has” became one of the most famous lines in film history.