Pretty Woman wasn't meant to be a rom-com...
The cast of Pretty Woman have been reunited for the first time in 25 years. To celebrate the classic movie’s anniversary, the TODAY show over in the US managed to bag an exclusive interview with Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo (hotel manager Barney), Laura San Giacomo (Vivian’s best friend, Kit De Luca), and director Garry Marshall.
Here are 5 things we learnt from the Pretty Woman reunion:
1. It wasn’t meant to be a rom-com.
Pretty Woman was scripted as a dark tale called ‘3,000’ – a reference to the price Julia Robert’s character, Vivien, was to be paid. ‘Richard’s character threw my character out of the car, threw the money on top of her and drove away and the credits rolled,’ the actress said of the intended ending.
2. Richard Gere didn’t want the role.
He turned down the part when it was first offered to him. ‘Well, there wasn’t a part,’ the actor explained. ‘There was just nothing. The joke was [it was just] a suit. You could put a suit on a goat and put it out there, and it would work.’
3. Julia Roberts convinced Gere to take the part.
Richard still wasn’t sure – until Julia passed him a Post-it note. ‘We’re getting to know each other. We’re flirty-flirty, nice-nice. … And [Garry] calls up and is kind of like, “How’s it going?”‘ Richard explained. ‘She turns it around and she pushes it to me, and it said, “Please say yes!” It was so sweet, and I said, “I just said yes.”‘
4. It was all about Julia Roberts, naturally.
When asked what his favourite scene from the 1990 movie was, Richard said: ‘Well, it was basically any scene where Julia was walking – which was fun for all of us. In that outfit. Yeah, it was all about legs.’
5. Why wasn’t there a sequel?
‘We made a pact a long time [ago] — when we did it,’ director Garry Marshall shared. ‘We said, we’re not doing Pretty Woman 2′ unless we all do it together.’
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