Pretty Woman was a whopping success of the 90s and one of the most successful movies of all time. This was the movie that started Julia Roberts’ career for her role as Vivian. At the same time, Richard Gere wowed us with the wealthy Edward. This romantic comedy is etched in the heart of its fans forever and it will remain a masterpiece to the end of time. But, the movie does have its fair share of off-screen secrets. Here’s a list of all those Pretty Woman facts each fan needs to know about.
1. A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MOVIE
Pretty Woman wasn’t meant to be a romantic comedy. The original cast was about drugs and prostitution. Edward would pay a druggie Vivian $3,000 to spend the week with her and not do drugs. But, instead he would get sick of her and drop her at the side of the road. Glad that this script didn’t go through.
2. THE TITLE
In accordance with the script, the title was meant to be 3000 to refer to the price Vivian charged.
3. DIFFERENT CASTING
Molly Ringwald was the first to be offered the role of Vivian. But, she saw an early version of the script and rejected the movie.
4. OTHER VIVIANS
A few other actresses were also considered before the original cast was finalized. Diane Lane accepted the role and even went through costume fitting. But, she had to split from the project because she had scheduling conflicts.
5. NOT SO FAMILY FRIENDLY
There are a few PG scenes in this movie. Nothing too extreme, but things that would qualify as insappropriate for children. However, would you believe that the movie was actually made by Disney. On paper, the producers were Touchstone pictures. But, as a matter of fact, Touchstone is just a fancy name for a more mature brand of movies from Disney.
6. WELCOME BACK, JULIA
When Julia Roberts was casted, it only took a few days for Disney to purchase the screenplay. This meant that everyone casted originally was fired. Fortunately, Disney hired Gary Marshall who decided to keep Julia.
7. CONVINCING GERE
Richard Gere wasn’t the first one to be approached with the role, but like many folks before him, he declined. He thought that the role was lackluster and could be played by any actor in a $1000 suit. He even joked that they could put the suit on a goat and it’d work. However, Julia Roberts paid him a visit and that was enough to convince him.
8. THE HANDKERCHIEF SCENE
That scene where Julia Roberts was blowing her nose in the room was actually pretty cute. But, Julia hated that scene and didn’t want to blow her nose on camera.
9. UNSCRIPTED MEMORABILIA
That scene where Edward gifts a diamond necklace to Vivian was completely planned, but the part where Ed closes the box was just a small prank. The Director liked that so much that he decided to keep the scene in the movie.
10. THE PARALLELS
The part where Vivian was trying to eat escargot also happened identically in another movie by Gary Marshall, The Princess DIaries. The waiter was the same person in both movies and said that it happened often. Both Mia and Vivian ate a green dessert after the incident.
11. THAT LAUGH
Remember the part where Julia Roberts is lying on the floor of the hotel room and watching reruns of I Love Lucy? She was supposedly laughing at the TV, but the laugh was so natural because cast members were actually ticking Vivian’s feet.
12. THE JACKET
You’d expect that the legendary red jacket as part of Vivian’s wardrobe would be from some designer. But as a matter of fact, they didn’t have a jacket and bought it from a girl walking from along the scene of the shoot for $30. She wanted tickets to DIsneyland, but settled for the cash.
13. JULIA’S FAVORITE SCENE
When asked about it, Julia said that her favorite scene was where she got to drive that car down Hollywood Boulevard. The director Gary said that she drove so fast that the cameraman couldn’t keep up.
14. RICHARD’S FAVORITE SCENE
Richard said that his favorite scene was whenever Julia had to walk. The thigh high boots made it so hard to walk that Julia marching was almost comical.
15. THE DIAMOND NECKLACE
The diamond necklace featured in the movie wasn’t a prop. It was a real necklace borrowed from a jewelry store worth $250,000. A security guard was sent along with the necklace and it never left his sight.