Pretty Woman, undoubtedly one of the most iconic rom-com films of all time is remembered for its unusual love-story and of course, happy ending. Julia Roberts who starred alongside Richard Gere for the 1990 classic movie has however, revealed something mind blogging about the movie that will make us look at ‘Pretty Woman’ differently. The 51-year-old star while appearing on Variety's Actor on Actor series alongside Patricia Arquette reveals that the original 1990 romantic hit "Pretty Woman’’ then named ‘3000’ was quite dark and hard hitting.
"So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called '3,000'. Most people don't know that '3,000' was the original 'Pretty Woman' script. And the ending was really heavy," Arquette, who had auditioned alongside Julia Roberts said.
To this, Roberts revealed the original ending in which her character, Vivian Ward, is shoved out of a car and someone "threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley."
The actor further said the project never saw the light of the day as a "small movie company" that owned the movie rights "folded over the weekend".
However, Disney soon picked up the script and the producer.
"I thought, 'Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?' (Director) Garry Marshall came on, and because he's a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it.
"And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse," Roberts said.
About "3,000", the actor said, "I couldn't do it then. I couldn't do it now. Thank God it fell apart."
Pretty Woman, a rom com about the unusual love story of Vivian played by Julia Roberts as a vulnerable but formidable sex worker whose business relationship with Edward Lewis’s Richard Gere's corporate playboy blossoms into something more was an enormous box office hit to which Julia Roberts even won a Golden Globe Award in the best actress category.