Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts has recalled that the original ending of her 1990 romantic film Pretty Woman was much dark and hard hitting. The film as we know it today has become one of the most famous films in the romcom genre. The film is considered a classic today in which Julia played a prostitute named Vivian Ward opposite Richard Gere’s Edward Lewis, a rich business tycoon from New York.
Julia recently appeared on Variety’s Actor on Actor series alongside Patricia Arquette. Patricia revealed that she had originally auditioned for the film which was earlier titled 3000. Patricia said, “So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called 3,000. Most people don’t know that 3,000 was the original Pretty Woman script. And the ending was really heavy.”
Julia replied to this in the affirmative and revealed that in the original screenplay her character is shoved out of the car and someone “threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.” However, the project was never made as a “small movie company” that owned the film rights “folded over the weekend”. However, thankfully, the script and the producer of the film were picked up by Disney.
Recalling her thoughts at this development, Julia said, “I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?’ (Director) Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.” Patricia soon chimed in and said about the film 3000, “I couldn’t do it then. I couldn’t do it now. Thank God it fell apart.”
Directed by Gary Marshall, Pretty Woman was released on March 23, 1990.