In 1990, Pretty Woman stole the hearts of moviegoers worldwide with its charming storyline and an all-star cast led by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. However, what many fans may not know is that the film could have taken a very different direction.
Initially, the film was intended to be a “gritty art movie” with a “really heavy” ending under the title “3,000.” But fate intervened, and the movie fell into the hands of Disney, who brought on director Garry Marshall to helm the project. With his touch, the film transformed into the classic romantic comedy that we all know and love.
However, Roberts’ road to the iconic role of Vivian Ward was not without its hurdles. After landing the role, the original production company, Vestron Pictures, went bankrupt just three days later, leaving Roberts without a job.
But thankfully, Marshall recognized Roberts’ talent and gave her another chance to audition, despite considering other Hollywood A-listers for the role. And as we all know, Roberts ultimately won him over and delivered a performance that solidified her as “America’s Sweetheart” and a Hollywood icon.
Today, Julia Roberts remains one of the most beloved actresses in the entertainment industry, with numerous awards and accolades under her belt. And although she has continued to act in a variety of films and TV shows, her portrayal of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman will forever remain a highlight of her impressive career.