Despite what your feelings tell you, the 90s are no longer a couple of years ago: it’s been almost three decades since the iconic movie Pretty Woman was released in 1990. Directed by Garry Mashall and starring now 68-year-old Richard Gere and 49-year-old Julia Roberts, it was a romantic story like nothing seen before. We would have never believed that a Hollywood service girl would be hired for an all-day arrangement by a wealthy businessman and eventually develop a relationship with him. I’ve watched it a thousand times, and it never gets dull. Here are some little-known facts about the movie all devoted fans should know.
In case you haven’t heard, there are some plans on adapting the classic into a musical! What a wonderful idea!
1. Two women
There are actually two women on the Pretty Woman poster. Julia Roberts’ head is superimposed onto the body of her body double, Shelley Michelle.
2. Gere’s hair
If you look at the poster closely, you’ll see that Richard Gere’s hair is dark brown, while in the movie his hair is grey. Oops!
In the original version of the script, Vivian struggled with drug addiction. The original deal was for her to stay off cocaine for one week and save some money to go to Disneyland; the ending would be Edward throwing her out of his car and driving off, leaving Vivian and her friend to catch the bus to Disneyland. However, the producers wanted something more light-hearted instead.
The opera that Vivian and Edward saw was Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. It’s an opera about a sex worker who falls in love with a rich man. Sounds familiar?
5. The red coat
Remember the iconic red coat Vivian wears in the movie? The coat is actually a $30 jacket that producers acquired from a movie usher they encountered before they started filming.
Richard Gere actually composed and played the piece from the piano scene. It was real!
The scene above was actually entirely improvised by Richard Gere. It was so natural and adorable that it was eventually kept in the final cut.
8. The necklace
The necklace in the necklace scene was worth a mind-blowing $250,000. That’s why there was a security guard who stood by while the scene was being filmed.
9. The male lead
Richard Gere wasn’t the first choice for the role of Edward Lewis. Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, and Christopher Reeve were also considered for the part.
Albert Brooks, Sylvester Stallone, and Al Pacino were also offered the role, but they rejected it.
11. Julia’s nerves
Julia Roberts was really anxious about the famous love scene and her nerves manifested themselves through a protruding vein on her forehead. Interestingly, both director Garry Marshall and Gere massaged her forehead until it went away.
12. Tickle tickle
In this scene, Julia Roberts is actually having her feet tickled by Marshall so the laughs sound real! Well, it sure helped!
13. The female lead
Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sandra Bullock were all considered for the role of Vivian.
Julia was really engrossed in this scene and she didn’t even notice when everyone left the room!
15. The name
The movie was originally going to be called $3000. That’s how much it cost for Edward to spend the night with Vivian. However, the producers then got the right to Roy Orbison’s song Pretty Woman, and that’s how they got the new name.
Here are some other things you may have never noticed in the movie.