10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thelma & Louise
Thelma & Louise became a critical and commercial success after it was released in 1991. It was nominated for six Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Original Screenplay for Callie Khouri. The stars of the movie, Geena Davis (who played Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (who played Louise) were both nominated for Best Actress, and Ridley Scott scored a nomination for Best Director. The film is now considered a classic, but there’s still so much that people don’t know about it, so check out these 10 fun facts about the film:
10. Many A-List Actresses Auditioned
Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer were initially cast in the lead roles but had to turn them down when production was delayed. After word got out that they had dropped out, several of Hollywood’s top actresses auditioned. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep campaigned for the roles, but director Ridley Scott felt that Hawn was too old to play Thelma and that Streep didn’t have the roughness that the character needed. Other stars including Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Cybill Shepherd and Cher reportedly also auditioned.
9. It Was Going To Be a Low Budget Indie
Callie Khouri – who wrote the screenplay – initially wanted the movie to be a low budget indie with a documentary feel to it, and she imagined actresses Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand to be in the lead. Amanda Temple was going to produce the film and Khouri was going to direct it. They shopped the project around, but consistently got turned down because the protagonists weren’t sympathetic. “We thought we’d find some fool to give us $5 million,” Khouri told Vanity Fair. They then showed it to Mimi Polk, who ran Ridley Scott’s production company and served as his producing partner, and he showed it to Scott. He initially decided that he wanted to produce it and then also decided that he would direct it after Michelle Pfeiffer convinced him.