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Leprechaun Trivia: The Story Behind ‘Fuck You, Lucky Charms’

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With St. Patrick’s Day on the way, it’s very likely that you’re going to be hearing a lot about the Leprechaun movies over the next couple of weeks or so. I thought it would be fun to get the ball rolling with a little bit of trivia.

If you’re familiar with Leprechaun, you’re no doubt familiar with the famous scene of the film in which our hero wads some gum up in a four-leaf clover, and slingshots it at the titular leprechaun while saying, “Fuck you, Lucky Charms.”

It’s probably the most well-remembered scene of the movie, or at least the most well-remembered line.

While the line totally stands on its own, it also has a funny backstory. Our own John Squires made mention of this in an old post about fake cereal brands in horror movies on his old Freddy in Space blog (the archives of which continue to age wonderfully), but here’s the story as told in IMDb’s trivia section for the film:

One scene required the Leprechaun to find and eat Lucky Charms cereal, which the company gave them permission to do. Upon seeing the finished film, the company was displeased and would not allow them to use the scene. The filmmakers had the choice to either cut the scene or to re-shoot it, costing them more money. They chose to re-shoot it, replacing the brand name with an obvious spoof of the name brand cereal, and, made one last additional surprise ending scene while they were filming. Furious with the cereal company for making them re-shoot the scene, they pulled the kid character aside and had him say a new line. His line, “Your luck just ran out!” was changed to “Fuck you, Lucky Charms!” as an obvious reference to the whole ordeal.

The spoof cereal they came up with was Lucky Clovers, and if you ask me, the whole movie is better for its beef with General Mills.

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“Your luck just ran out” would go on to become the film’s original tag line, though it was changed to “Her luck just ran out” for the DVD cover, which promoted the fact that Jennifer Aniston is in it.