In 1990, Pretty Woman arrived on the screens. This love story like no other between a dreamy prostitute and a rich businessman, which was widely criticized on its release, nevertheless charmed a whole generation and made Julia Roberts the new Hollywood sensation. Vogue reviews 3 anecdotes to know about this cult film.
Originally, the film was supposed to turn to tragedy. According to the first screenplay, titled 3,000 (the amount Edward offered to spend the week with Vivian), the young prostitute falls into drugs and dies of an overdose, after Edward cowardly leaves her by throwing bills in her face and leaving her on the sidewalk where he met her. But when Disney studios took over the project, the story took a completely different turn and became the romantic comedy we all know with a chivalrous happy ending.
Many actors refused to play in the film, put off by the choice of the director of Garry Marshall, who had not yet signed any major hits at the time. Al Pacino declined the role of Edward while Michelle Pfeiffer, Valeria Golino, Darryl Hannah and Meg Ryan refused the role of Vivian. It was finally the young and then relatively unknown Julia Roberts who won the role after an exhaustive casting. The rest is history.
When Julia Roberts put on Vivian Ward's leather thigh-high boots, it was the birth of a world superstar, but also the beginning of a lifelong friendship with her screen partner, Richard Gere, who played the role of wealthy businessman Edward. Accomplices on screen as well as on the set, the two actors were brought back together in 1999 in Runaway Bride. For the anecdote, the scene where Edward closes the red box of the necklace on Vivian's fingers was not foreseen in the script but mischievously orchestrated by Richard Gere, so Julia Roberts's burst of laughter was actually spontaneous.