10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Pretty Woman’

  
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Pretty Woman has become an iconic film from the ’90s. The American romantic comedy was directed by Garry Marshall and acted as the launching pad for Julia Roberts’ career as she starred alongside seasoned actor, Richard Gere. Pretty Woman tells a very Cinderella-esque story of a Los Angeles hooker, Vivian Ward, who is hired by an arrogant, wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis. The couple spend a week together with her as his hired escort and end up falling in love. It’s been over 25 years since the film was released, but it’s still considered one of the most popular films of all time. The film received rave reviews and earned Roberts her second consecutive Golden Globe Award. Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Pretty Woman!

10. Body Double

There was some serious photoshopping going on when the iconic promotional poster for Pretty Woman was created. Some might be surprised to learn that the body of Julia Roberts’ in that picture isn’t actually hers! Her head was superimposed on the body of famous body double Shelley Michelle for the poster. Also, ever notice how Richard Gere’s hair is dark brown in the poster, but in the movie it’s gray?

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©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

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9. A Very Dark Tale

The original script by J.F. Lawton was much darker than the final product. In the original story, the movie was called “$3,000” because that’s how much a night with Vivian cost. Her character was supposed to be addicted to drugs, but was staying off cocaine for the week so she could save money to go to Disneyland. In this version of the film, there’s no happy ending. Instead of falling in love, Edward throws her out of the car, drives away and the movie ends with Vivian getting on a bus with her friend to go to Disneyland. According to Julia Roberts, it was “a really dark and depressing, horrible, terrible story about two horrible people.” It was supposed to be about the Los Angeles prostitution scene in the late eighties and early nineties. The director scrapped this idea because they wanted the film to have a more light-hearted feel. The script was re-written several times before it was finalized. In a weird twist of events, the movie ended up being produced by Disney, but the trip to Disneyland was totally scrapped from the script.

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© Buena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection

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