It’s hard to believe that Pretty Woman has actually been around for a quarter of a century, isn’t it? But somehow it’s true.
The much beloved Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film hit the silver screen back in March 1990, and for 25 years has been watched and re-watched by fans on DVD, blu-ray and badly edited cable television. There’s a good chance that you’ve seen the movie (or a good portion of it) at least five times in your life.
No matter how many times you’ve watched the modern, escort version of Cinderella, there’s a heck of a lot of cool facts surrounding Vivian, Edward and the film in general that you probably never knew about. But don’t fret folks. In hour of the flick’s 25th birthday, we’re about to unearth them for you. Cue the Roy Orbison song!
These unearthed facts about ‘Pretty Woman’ will blow your mind
The TitleThe original plan was to call the movie $3000. Yes, that was the price that Vivian Ward (Roberts) negotiates with Edward Lewis (Gere) for her time. Pretty Woman has a way better, non sterile ring to it though, right?Touchstone Pictures
Disney made the movieYes, the most famous film about an escort finding true love with a wealthy businessman is a Disney movie. Pretty Woman was released under the Walt Disney Studios owned film production company Touchstone Pictures. Now it seems even more like Cinderella, right?Touchstone Pictures
Richard Gere's HairDid you ever notice Richard Gere has brown hair on the film's poster, but he's actually grey throughout the entire movie? What's up with that? Grey is distinguished isn't it? Run with it Richard.Touchstone Pictures
Julia's BodyThat's not really Julia Roberts' fit body. The film cropped Julia's head onto professional actress/body-double Shelley Michelle's body. Michelle also body doubled for Kim Basinger in My Stepmother Is An Alien and Barbra Streisand in The Prince Of Tides.Touchstone Pictures
It might not have been JuliaIt turns out that Julia Roberts wasn't actually the first person offered the role of Vivian Ward. Meg Ryan was. Sandra Bullock, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis are said to have all passed on playing Vivian as well. Can you possibly picture any of them in the role?Touchstone Pictures
Brands don't like escortsIt turns out most big car companies aren't fond of escorts. Both Ferrari and Porsche didn't want their products driven by Edward in the film because they didn't want to be associated with soliciting prostitution. Lotus was totally fine with it and so that's what Edward drove.Touchstone Pictures
It might not have been GereChristopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, Daniel Day Lewis and Denzel Washington were all considered for the role of Edward Lewis first. Sylvester Stallone and Al Pacino were both offered the role but turned it down.Touchstone Pictures
Gere is a piano wizardRichard Gere really knows how to tickle the ivories. It turns out he was legitimately playing the piano in Pretty Woman. He also composed the little ditty he is seen performing in the film all by himself. Way to go Richie!Touchstone Pictures
The piano sexSpeaking of tickling ivory, in the film's classic piano sex scene, the key noises being pressed by Richard and Julia's body had to be dubbed over with softer notes because director Garry Marshall felt the actual sounds were out of tune and distracting. Tough crowd.Touchstone Pictures
The red coatRemember the red coat Julia Roberts wore for most of the movie as Vivian? It turns out director Garry Marshall actually bought the coat from a movie usher for a measly 30 bucks before filming started. Cheap dresser indeed.Touchstone Pictures
JR was really youngIf you're having trouble coming to grips with the fact that Pretty Woman is 25 years old, it might drive home the reality of the situation knowing that Julia Roberts was only 22 years old when it was released. Yes, now it feels like a quarter of a century.Touchstone Pictures
Pretty big bucksDid you know that it cost $14,000,000 US to make Pretty Woman? Sure that's a lot. But the film ended up grossing $178,406,268 US. A pretty decent return on investment we would say.Touchstone Pictures
La TriviataRemember the opera Edward takes Vivian to see in the film? It's called La Triviata. It's about a wealthy man and a prostitute who in love. Does that plot sound familiar? Crazy, right?Touchstone Pictures
A little imrov never hurtsTurns out Richard Gere and Julia Roberts actually improvised the famous scene in the movie when Edward snaps the expensive necklace case down on Vivian's fingers. Julia wasn't expecting it to happen and her priceless reaction in the film was genuine.Touchstone Pictures
Modest JuliaJulia Roberts got so nervous during the sex scene with Richard Gere that a vein popped out on her forehead. Director Garry Marshall had to hop in bed with Roberts and massage the vein until it went away. That's dedication to the scene.Touchstone Pictures
Cast ReunionPretty Woman actually had an unofficial cast reunion. Nine years after the movie was released, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo and Kathleen Marshall all starred in Runaway Bride together.Touchstone Pictures