“Pretty Woman” became an iconic movie from the 90s and catapulted Julia Roberts to young fame, who came to be considered the smile of America and Richard Gere, one of the great heartthroats whose popularity shot up after the film. Garry Marshall, which premiered on March 23, 1990, and which, thanks to good fortune and sound decisions, managed to raise nearly $ 500 million worldwide. The most watched film in the history of television in Spain could have stayed in a drawer and never seen the light. If you want to know this and ten other anecdotes from the film, read on.
1.- The original title
The title of original script was “3,000”, the money the executive was going to pay to the prostitute for spending a week together. At the end, Roy Orbison’s song is the one that gave the name to the film.
2.- From harsh drug drama to romantic comedy
The truth is that it is not the only thing in the script that changed. Actually, the end result has nothing to do with it. As Roberts confessed last summer, the original ending was very grim. In a conversation with Patricia Arquette with the magazine “Variety” He explained that the true title of the film was “3,000” and that the script, prepared by J. F. Lawton, was “very dark and “it had a very strong ending”. In the original script, part of the deal was that she was going to stop taking drugs for the week the deal lasted. She wanted the money to travel to Disneyland. In the end, he threw her out of his car and ended up dead from an overdose in an alley.
3.- Economic problems
The film was about to be forgotten in a drawer. The production company that was going to be in charge of the shooting retired and Disney decided to retake the project. and remade the script to fit Roberts. The tragic ending turned into a happy ending, and the drama became a romantic comedy.
4.- Meg Ryan, Brooke Shields, Daryl Hanna …
The protagonists were not going to be Roberts and Gere. In fact, they were one of the last options that the casting director managed, but when he saw them together he knew that they had to star in the film because they gave off great complicity and chemistry. One of the actresses that she liked the most at the time was Molly Ringwald, today little known but who at the time was an actress on the rise after starring in “The Club of Five” or “The Girl in Pink”. But Ringwald was not comfortable with the idea of playing a prostitute and rejected the role of Vivian. Many were the names that were considered: Daryl Hannah, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Connelly … They all rejected the role because they thought it was deningrante for women and they were afraid of being typecast in the roles of prostitutes. Winona Ryder and Drew Barrimore were rejected by the director for being too young. Despite the fact that before Disney took over the project, the chosen one was Roberts, the studio wanted the protagonist to be Meg Ryan, but there was no agreement. Roberts got the role, lost his job, and got it back in a matter of three days. She wasn’t too comfortable with the script for “3,000” but when the director met with a Gere to present the changes to them, she knew she was right.
5.- Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Christopher Reeve …
The same thing happened with the role of Edward Lewis. The list of names was endless. Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, John Travolta, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lambert, John Heard, Burt Reynolds, including Christopher Reeve who had to test with the casting director because Roberts was unable to go. The director read her script so badly that Reeve broke the script and left the studio enraged.
One of the strongest tests that was done was the one formed by Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, but this couple was more suitable for the original script and had it been chosen, neither the result of the film nor the end would have been the same.
6.- Gere was about to reject it
Richard Gere was also going to turn down the role even though during rehearsals he had great chemistry with Roberts. He was 40 years old and she was barely 22. ″ It was a silly script, but when it hit me, the role was a suit for me. It was putting someone in a suit, basically, ”Gere recounted a few months ago when asked if they thought the film was going to be as successful as it was. Gere recalled that she was with Roberts when she was going to communicate her decision to the producers by phone: then she passed him a note saying “please say yes” and he, he confessed, could not resist.
7.- Double body
The promotional poster for the film shows the two protagonists of the film. However, Roberts’ body corresponds to a model on which the actress’s face was stuck.
Vivian’s role led to Julia Roberts, to win a Golden Globe and receive her first nomination to the Oscar.
The most remembered song in the film is the one that gives it its name, a song released by Roy Orbison in 1965 who resumed all splendor with romantic comedy. Another unforgettable theme is the “It Must Have Been Love”. Roxette’s Per Gessle, He was in Los Angeles preparing a tour with the group and they asked him to write a song for the movie “3,000”. Since he didn’t have time, he offered a Christmas song that had already been released in Sweden. The subject fell in love with director Garry Marshall and only had to do a little touch-up on the lyrics to remove the word Christmas before incorporating it into the soundtrack.
“Pretty woman” has always been a synonym for success, even on television. It is the most broadcast film in the last 30 years and with the best results. It has never dropped from a million viewers and 11 percent of screen share, but the results of the first years were the most spectacular. In Spain it was broadcast for the first time on January 2, 1994 on La 1 and obtained 55.6% of screen share and 9,223,000 people, making it the most watched broadcast of the year. Later it would emit it seven times more with always millionaire results. Telecinco is the chain that has broadcast it the most times, with 17 reruns.
At this point it is already a Hollywood classic, one of those films to lift the spirits that abound in the lists of recommendations to better withstand the quarantine. But could this story of the blue prince rescuing a sex worker from marginality have been filmed today, when feminist movements like MeToo Y Time’s Up are they so present in considering industry content?