Pretty Woman is essentially the adult version of Cinderella and is one of the most famous rom-coms in the world. The movie isn’t just about love—it’s about Hollywood dreams, and that relatable theme made it a classic. If you’re a Pretty Woman fan, check out the film’s most surprising hidden secrets, as well as behind-the-scenes whispers.
The title should have been different
The original title of the film was to be “$3000”, which was the number that Vivian and Edward agreed on. Fortunately, the film’s writers and producers decided that “Pretty Woman” was a much sexier choice.
The multi-talented Richard Gere
It turns out that Gere isn’t just an amazing actor with some amazing acting skills. Another of his talents is that he can play the piano quite brilliantly. The music played on the piano scene by Gere was actually composed by the actor himself – no understudy needed.
Julia Roberts gives a clear answer
When she was interviewed by the Guardian, the interviewer asked Julia Roberts if she thought the movie Pretty Woman glorified the act of prostitution. Roberts handled the interview with grace, wit and humor.
She replied, “What are you going to do? You can’t please everyone. This movie was a fairy tale. We did everything but didn’t put on a glass slipper. And I’ll tell you something else: for $3,000 a weekend, Richard Gere got a bargain.
Demi Moore could have been Kit DeLuca
Along with Julia Roberts, one of the most popular actresses of the time is Demi Moore. Demi was initially offered the role of Kit DeLuca, but she immediately turned down the offer without giving an explanation. Laura San Giacomo later got the role and it was clearly meant for her. We wonder if Demi regrets it!
Who was Laura San Giacomo?
The actress has worked with director Garry Marshall in the past and immediately trusted the brunette beauty for the role. In one of her interviews, this is evident from her quote: “I remember him giving me space to fill moments, giving direction and then screaming without having time to think too much, it really showed me how much confidence he had in what I would invented on the spot.’
It should have been a darker film
Instead of the fun romantic comedy that was the final product, the original concept of the film was intended to show the dark side of the Los Angeles escort business at a time when urban danger and drug addiction were rampant. Instead, the producers decided to lighten things up a bit.
A completely different ending
To the surprise of many, the filming of “Pretty Woman” began without a written end. As a result, a lot of improvisation happened on set. In an alternate ending, Vivian should have overdosed instead of getting a happy ending. It was a very controversial discussion that happened backstage, but the scene where Vivian describes her desire to be like a princess rescued from a tower ended up sticking.
Mistakes in the movie
Mistakes are common in movies, and Pretty Woman is no exception. One of the biggest is when Vivian takes off Edward’s tie, leaving the room afterwards for a moment. When she returns just a second later, his tie is magically intact.
Another mistake happened when Vivian was eating a croissant in one scene. But in an instant it turned into a little pancake.
The famous red dress
As many viewers remember, Vivian famously wore a red dress to the opera in which she smoldered. The dress was originally intended to be black, but costume designer Marilyn Vance was convinced that a red dress would be more breathtaking, and she was right. However, she created three dresses for this scene, and the red one won first place.
The plot of “Pretty Woman” was exactly the same as in the opera “La Traviata”, where a prostitute falls in love with a rich man. Oddly enough, this opera was the one Edward and Vivian went to see in the movie when she wore that famous red dress.
Who Almost Stole Richard Gere’s Role?
Although the cast was ultimately perfect, Gere had some competition from other actors who wanted the role, including Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Daniel Day-Lewis and Christopher Reeve. After the auditions, the casting director chose Richard Gere. However, Al Pacino almost got the part, but claimed he was too busy.
A sweet and romantic touch
When he was trying to figure out whether or not he wanted the role of Edward, Gere was on the phone with a producer who offered the gig. Geer was talking to Julia at the time, and after she handed him a written note that said, “Please say Yes,” he gave in and accepted.
To make Julia laugh
The director did everything he could to get the perfect scene, including tickling Julia Roberts’ feet to make her laugh. In the scene where she watches I Love Lucy, he did this to make her laugh more naturally, and since the actress was very ticklish, it worked!
The bubble bath scene
During the hot tub scene, Julia stuck her head underwater and director Garry Marshall had everyone run off the set as a joke so that Julia would be alone when her head popped back up. Another fun fact: the tub had so many bubbles due to the detergent and they used so much that Julia’s hair dye started to bleed. They had to repaint it the same day!
Duplicates of the body of the poster
Photo editing was popular even in the 90s. In the Pretty Woman poster, they gave Gere black hair and gave Julia Roberts a whole new body. The body is that of her doppelgänger Shelly Michelle. Julia’s head was simply superimposed on it.