Pretty Woman It came out in 1990, but it’s still a classic. There’s no denying the on-screen chemistry between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, and their love story is fairytale. We’ve taken a look at all the interesting facts about the making of this movie, and we’ve rounded up the top 15 for you.
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1. Julia Roberts plays Vivian Ward on Pretty Woman, but the role was originally offered to Molly Ringwald. Molly has said that she is sorry she turned him down.
2. Julia was not a well-known actress at the time, and only got the part because so many other actresses (besides Molly) turned it down. They include: Winona Ryder, Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Jennifer Connelly, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
3. Edward Lewis is played by Richard Gere, but he actually almost turned down the role. It wasn’t until Julia slipped her a “Please Say Yes” Post-it note that she accepted the part.
4. Other actors who were proposed for the role of Edward Lewis were: Christopher Reeve, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, and Al Pacino.
5. The scene where Vivian is watching “I Love Lucy” on the floor, director Garry Marshall tickled her feet in order to get a real laugh.
6. The red cape Vivian is wearing was actually purchased for $30 from a movie usher down the street just before shooting began.
7. Julia’s head is actually glued onto Shelley Michelle’s upper body for the movie poster. Also, she notes that Richard Gere’s hair is brown, but gray in the movie? oops!
8. The role of Kit was offered to Demi Moore, but she turned it down.
9. Richard Gere was actually playing the piano in this scene. He even composed a song for the movie.
10. Pretty Woman is technically a Disney movie. Walt Disney Studios released hundreds of films under Touchstone Pictures, including “Dead Poets Club,” “Father of the Bride,” and “Pearl Harbor.”
11. During the bedroom scene, Julia was so nervous that a vein on her forehead bulged out. The director and Richard had to massage the vein until it disappeared.
12. After Julia’s vein disappeared, she broke out in hives and had to be covered in calamine lotion until they finally got to shoot the scene.
13. This scene where Edward traps Vivian’s fingers was improvised. Julia’s reaction was completely natural, and the director liked it so much that they decided to drop it.
14. Speaking of the necklace…it cost $250,000 and had to be accompanied by an armed security guard everywhere during filming.
15. The film was originally titled 3000. It was changed to Pretty Woman when the Roy Orbison song “Oh, Pretty Woman” was added to the soundtrack.