10 years after the release of Mean Girls, "You go, Glen Coco!" endures as one of the movie's best catchphrases. But the man, the myth, the legend, the guy with four candy-cane-grams, Glen Coco, wasn't actually hired or paid to be in the film. Actor David Reale told Dazed how he ended up there anyway.
Reale had originally auditioned for another part in the film, but didn't get cast. Because the Toronto set was right across the street from his apartment, he walked over the next day anyway to watch the filming and maybe get some free food.
Director Mark Waters, recognized Reale from the audition and thinking he had been chosen as an extra, threw him into the film anyway, saying, "Hey, I'm going to put you right in the front on this next scene and you'll have a name and everything."
And what a name it was.
Reale says he didn't sign a release and was never officially cast, so he didn't get paid for the role—which had no lines—but he did get that free lunch. And it was delicious.
Reale is still an actor, with a number of voice roles, some episodes of Suits, and a couple of upcoming movies to his credit. But he understands the significance of Glen Coco, and he's not even mad about it:
Tina Fey wrote the line, Daniel Franzese spoke the line... I just sat in a chair and tried not to stare at Lindsay Lohan. But I guess it was the first time somebody pointed to me on the street and shouted "YOU GO GLEN COCO!" that I knew I was involved in something with a beauty and power that surpassed the mere proliferation of four candy canes to an accidental movie extra.