"Billy Madison" was a hit at the box office, and for Dina Platias, who played Billy's first grade teacher, Miss Lippy, in the film, it remains a project she's proud to have on her resume.
"It definitely touches people, I think because she was kind of a nut job," Platias told ABC News. "It’s funny because this movie keeps on playing, and people freak out about it in the greatest way."
"The energy was fantastic, and there were all these little kids and the kids were that perfect age where they weren't little punks -- they were darling and innocent and Adam was adorable with them," she said. "It was very special... and very sweet to see his interaction with the kids. It was all a sense of play and joy."
Platias, who, like Miss Lippy, drove a green car at the time the movie was made, said that many of her character's idiosyncrasies were spontaneous accidents. After she convinced the director to let Miss Lippy wear colorful outfits (originally, she was supposed to wear all beige), she was able to improvise the way she moved and acted, including the scene where she wiped paste on her face.
"It was flour and water, and they said, 'You're gonna be sitting in a chair and you're gonna put paste on your face,'" she recalled, adding that she wasn't used to life on a movie set, without rehearsals. "I put the stick in [the paste] and put it right on top of my eyeball. They said, 'Oh my God, I can't believe you put it on your eye!' I kinda got in trouble because they had to re-do my makeup, but I think they used [the take]!"
Her recess-dance was equally organic. When Sandler and the director asked Platias what she thought Miss Lippy did at recess, she began doing a dance to "Time in a Bottle."
"I did this improvised dance and it was only to make them laugh," she said. "For the actual thing, they put the music in later. I do this thing with my hand and I swirl it up and look at the sky -- that's for "Time in a bottle/box full of wishes."
"I just recently cut my bangs again," she said with a laugh.