Pretty Woman is undoubtedly one of the most iconic films of all time, period. From Julia’s unforgettable one-liners (“you people work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping”), to the ending that’ll have you crying happy tears into your popcorn every single time, the world fell head over heels for Vivian and Edward’s unlikely romance. And we haven’t even mentioned *that* wardrobe.
However, Julia has since revealed the 1990s rom-com was set to have a very different, much darker ending. “He threw her out of the car, threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.” Julia said during a Variety ‘Actors on Actors’ conversation with fellow actress Patricia Arquette.
We had absolutely no idea but apparently, at the time, the original script was a ‘gritty art movie’ called 3000 and belonged to a small film company. When the business folded, Disney swooped in and turned it into the Pretty Woman masterpiece we’re still absolutely obsessed with today. “They changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse,” Julia told Patricia.
The film’s director, Gary Marshall, reconfigured the script with the happily-ever-after Hollywood ending that saw Edward climb up a fire case to kiss Vivian.
Of 3000, the award-winning actress said: “I couldn’t do it then. I couldn’t do it now. Thank God it fell apart.” We couldn’t agree more!