Fans of iconic Julia Roberts’ film Pretty Woman may remember its saccharine (though enjoyable) ending as one befitting of the third-highest-grossing film of 1990 and the highest number of ticket sales ever for a romantic comedy (more than even My Big Fat Greek Wedding). According to lead actress Julia Roberts in a recent Variety “Actors on Actors” interview with Patricia Arquette however, the original ending for Pretty Woman was far darker.
“So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called ‘3,000,’” Arquette said. “Most people don’t know that ‘3,000’ was the original ‘Pretty Woman’ script. And the ending was really heavy.”
Roberts went on to describe the initial finale of 3,000 involving Vivian Ward, Roberts’ character, being pushed out of a moving car where after someone “threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.”
“So it really read like a gritty art movie,” Arquette replied. “When you first read it, it was that incarnation.”
“I couldn’t do it then. I couldn’t do it now,” Roberts said regarding the 3,000 script. “Thank God it fell apart.”
What do you think of the original ending to the proto-version of Pretty Woman? Would it have made a better ending or was it too edgy?