The original ending for “Pretty Woman” wasn’t all that pretty.
In an interview with Patricia Arquette for Variety’s Actors on Actors, Julia Roberts revealed the original ending to the 1990 romantic comedy was much darker than what made the final script.
The version that made it to the big screen has been called a modern “Cinderella story.” In the film, Roberts’ character, Vivian Ward, is a prostitute who is hired to stay with businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) over the weekend and accompany him to different business and social functions.
Through the hurdles, Ward and Lewis fall in love with the two “rescuing” each other in a knight-and-princess analogy they share at the end.
In the Variety interview, Arquette said the original ending was “really dark and the ending was really heavy.”
Roberts then reveals that her character was tossed out of a car, and Lewis “threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away leaving her in some dirty alley.”
However, the movie company that had the original darker script folded just days after Roberts was cast — but when the script was sold to Disney, Roberts met with director Garry Marshal to be in the redeveloped version.
“And they changed the whole thing and it really became more something that’s in my wheelhouse than what it originally was,” Roberts said in the Variety interview.
Of the original script, Roberts said she “had no business being in a movie like that.”