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Pretty Woman Was Supposed To End This Way

Viv doesn't get rescued by her knight in shining armor.

Can you believe Pretty Woman is already celebrating its 25th anniversary? To celebrate this milestone, the cast got together for a mini reunion, and they all still look amazing! Julia Roberts is as beautiful as ever, and Richard Gere still makes us swoon, white hair and all.

A few fun facts were revealed about the movie during the reunion, like how the film was almost called 3,000—as in the $3,000 dollars Edward Lewis (Gere) offered to pay Vivian Ward (Roberts) to be at his beck and call for a week.

But that’s not the only bomb that was dropped.  Screenwriter J.F. Lawton revealed that the film was intended to be “dark and gritty,” and that Ed and Viv weren’t meant to end up together.

In the original script, Viv doesn’t get her happy ending. Instead of getting rescued by and “rescuing right back” her knight in shining armor Edward, the last scene was supposed to show Viv staring blankly ahead while on a bus bound for Disneyland with an excited Kit by her side.


"During this whole thing, there was all this whole debate about 'How do we end it, how do we save her?' without it feeling like a cop-out," explained Lawton. "They had auditioned Al Pacino, they had auditioned Michelle Pfeiffer, and it would definitely have been a different movie if had it been Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. It might have been closer to the original script and maybe not have had a happy ending. But the chemistry between Roberts and Gere, it is palpable on the screen, it was palpable in auditions. You can't really see how it could end any other way, because they just light up with each other."

Thankfully, the scriptwriters changed their minds about the ending after director Gary Marshall jumped on board and recognized the film’s potential as a fairy tale with a dark twist.

So there you have it, folks. Good Call, Marshall!


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