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30 Big (Huge!) Secrets About Pretty Woman Revealed

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On March 23, 1990, Disney released just a little rom-com starringan up-and-coming actress in regards to a businessman and a prostitute who fall in love after he pays her thousands to invest the week with him. Not the most common stuff fairy tales are made from…but Pretty Woman wasn’t your average romantic comedy.

Directed by Garry Marshall, the Hollywood legend who passed on in 2016, and starringJulia Roberts and Richard Gere, whoturns 73 on Aug. 31, no-one expected Pretty Woman to become hit, aside from become among 1990’s most successful films and something of movie history’s most enduring love stories.

Designed for just $17 million, the story of Edward Lewis (Gere) and Vivian Ward (Roberts) continued to gross over $460 million worldwide, earn four Golden Globe nominations and made Roberts among Hollywood’s biggest stars.

But do you realize Roberts almost wasn’t cast in the iconic roles and many other A-list actresses almost stepped into Vivian’s thigh-high boots? Think about that the initial script was much darker and would’ve made Walt Disney blush?

Have a look at 30 fun facts you will possibly not find out about Pretty Woman, like the scene that made a then 23-year-old Roberts use in hives and the unusual pact the director and stars made afterproductionwrapped…

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1. The initial script by J.F. Lawton was called $3,000, a mention of the total amount Edward pays Vivian.

2. Initially much grittier and less of a story book story, Edward and Vivian usually do not find yourself together in the initial script. Per Vanity Fair, the initial ending was a drug-addicted Vivian and Kit (Laura San Giacomo) on a bus to Disneyland, a vacation financed by her week spent with Edward (after he kicks her out of his car), as Vivian “stares out emptily ahead.”

3. Other actors who have been initially considered for the role of Edward before Gere signed on were reportedly John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washingtonand Sylvester Stallone.


4. “Every actress around” wanted the role of Vivian, in accordance with Diane Lane, who revealed she had to spread the role because of “conflicting schedules” during an appearance on MONITOR WHAT Happens Live.

5. Actresses that read for the role included Daryl Hannah, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Steenburgen and Meg Ryan, with Ryan being the studio and Marshall’s early top pick.

6. Per Lane, the script was much grittier, but “got Disney-fied also it ended up being a feel great movie. Originally, this crazy [woman] was kicked out of a rolling limo ultimately because she was delusional that she thought he was deeply in love with her. She was only hired for the weekend. And we’d such compassion on her behalf.”

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7. Marshall initially pictured Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead roles, but told Vanity Fair his vision for the film completely changed once he cast Gere and Roberts. (Pacino did read opposite Roberts before turning down the role.)

“It could definitely have already been another movie if had it been Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. It could have been nearer to the initial script and perhaps not need had a happy ending,” he explained. “However the chemistry between Julia and Richard, it really is palpable on the screen, it had been palpable in auditions. You can’t really observe how it might end any way, since they just light with one another.”

8. The opera Vivian and Edward attend together isLa Traviata, that is in regards to a man falling deeply in love with a prostitute. Subtle!

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9. Roberts had to audition twice. After first landing the role when it had been still $3,000, the mostly unknown 21-year-old (during auditions) had to learn again when Disney overran the project.

10. After turning down the role of Edward many times, Roberts was the main one to convince Gere to accomplish the movie, per their 2015 appearance on Today. When Roberts was flown to NY to persuade him, Marshall called Gere to check on in. While he was on the telephone, Roberts wrote “Please say yes” on a Post-it note. Gere then told Marshall on the phone, “I simply said yes.”

11. That iconic movie poster? It isn’t actually Roberts’ body! Her head was super-imposed onto body double Shelley Michelle.


12. Although it became probably the most iconic scenes in the movie, the bubble batch scene wreaked havoc for Roberts’ hair as spending so enough time in the water finished up stripping all the red dye out of her hair.

“By the finish of your day, the detergent had removed most of my hair color,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’d emergency hair color at 10 o’clock during the night due to the bathtub.”

13. When Roberts was having difficulty laughing in the scene where Vivian is watching re-runs of I REALLY LIKE Lucy, Marshall finished up off-camera tickling her feet to obtain a genuine laugh from his star.

14. In the piano scene, Gere is in fact playing the instrument. And the piece he could be playing was a genuine composition that finished up on the film’s soundtrack.


15. Ferrari and Porsche both declined requests because of their cars to be featured in the film, because they didn’t want their brands connected with soliciting prostitutes. Edward finished up driving a sportscar from Lotus Cars.

16. The homeless man that Edward requests directions? It is a quick cameo from Marshall.

17. Roberts, a member of family newcomer, was so nervous to film the sex scene that she broke out in hives.”I had never done this type of stuff before, and I really was nervous,” Roberts told ABC News. “I’d get hives. They’d say, ‘kiss,’ and I’d get yourself a hive.”

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18. The one who shouts”What’s your dream? Everybody’s got a dream!” It had been the film’s costume designer, Marilyn Vance.

19. Apart from a couple of Chanel heels, Vance and her team created each one of Vivian’s looks in the movie, like the polka dot polo dress and her infamous cut-out dress.

20.Most of Edward’s suits were custom-made for Gere, with Vance going completely to Italy to get the right fabric.

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21. Among the film’s most remarkable looks was originally likely to be very different, because the studio wanted Vivian to wear a black gown to the opera, not red, Vance revealed to Elle, going to say they tested out three looks before she convinced them the gown would have to be red.

22. The ruby and diamond necklace Edward presented to Vivian in the scene cost $250,000 and was so valuable a security team was on set the complete time.

23.Probably the most famous scene wasn’t actually designed to ensure it is in the movie. Attempting to pull a gag on Roberts, Marshall told Gere to snap the box shut during one take of the necklace scene, which led to that genuine reaction from the star. It wasn’t before final edit that Marshall added it in.


24. Roberts’ reported payday for Pretty Woman was $300,000.

25. Pretty Woman was the next movie that Meg Ryan offered that would find yourself landing Roberts an Oscar nomination.Before passing on Pretty Woman,Ryan rejected the role in Steel Magnolias to star in When Harry Met Sally,with Roberts going to earn a Best Supporting Actress nod for the tearjerker.

26. Despite its surprise success, going to become among the top-grossing movies of the entire year, the director and his stars vowed never to execute a sequel.

“We made a pact quite a long time [ago] whenever we achieved it,” Marshall revealed to Today. “We said, we’re not doing Pretty Woman 2 unless most of us take action together.”


27. The trio did reunite for another rom-com in 1999: Runaway Bride, with Roberts earning $17 million and Gere pocketing $12 million for the highly anticipated reunion, which Gere engineered, in accordance with The LA Times.While he loved the script, Gere had one condition the studio had to meet up before he signed to play Ike: “When you can get Julia, I’m in.” The stars then convinced Marshall ahead to direct.

28. 30 years later, Pretty Woman remains Disney’s highest-grossing R-rated release.


29. In August 2018, Pretty Woman: The Musical made its debut on Broadway after four years of development. Steve Kazee, Jenna Dewan‘s fianc, played Edward through the show’s initial run in Chicago before it closed twelve months later, and Samantha Barksof Les Miserables fame played Vivian.

30. The film’s title originates from Roy Orbison‘s song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” that is featured on the soundtrack.

(Originally published on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. PST)

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