Pretty Woman's Original Ending Will Make You Lose Your Faith In Love. Sorry...

Pretty Woman's Original Ending Will Make You Lose Your Faith In Love. Sorry...

Who knew the original Pretty Woman script involved so much Disney?

Pretty Woman is one of the best rom-com's of all time, and for good reason.

After trying to deny their love for one another, Vivian and Edward — played by the dream on-screen team Julia Roberts and Richard Gere — the film's ending sees the pair reunite in a rather fairytale way with vertigo-sufferer Ed scaling the fire escape of Vivian's apartment to save her, only to result in her 'saving him right back.' Swoon-worthy, and totally iconic...

So, it'll definitely surprise you to learn that Pretty Woman's happy ending could have been very different if the script writer JF Lawton got his way. And no, it would not have been romantic. 

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Lawton said: 'I was a screenwriter who was trying to get a job, I was unemployed and I was working in post-production and I was trying to sell scripts, and I had been writing all of these ninja scripts and comedies, and I just couldn't get any attention. I suddenly said, "Well, maybe I need to do something more serious and dramatic." 

'Wall Street was coming out, I had heard about it and the whole issue about the financiers who were destroying companies. I kind of thought about the idea that one of these people would meet somebody who was affected by what they were doing.'

Originally pitched to producers under the title 3,000, the real ending of Pretty Woman would see 'Kit and Vivian on a bus bound for Disneyland' — financed by Vivian's week spent with Edward — as Vivian 'stares out emptily ahead.' 

That's pretty bleak...

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Speaking of the changed ending, Lawton went on to explain: 'During this whole thing, there was all this whole debate about "How do we end it, how do we save her?" without it feeling like a cop-out. They had auditioned Al Pacino, they had auditioned Michelle Pfeiffer, and it would definitely have been a different movie. It might have been closer to the original script and maybe not have had a happy ending. But the chemistry between Roberts and Gere, it is palpable on the screen, it was palpable in auditions. You can't really see how it could end any other way, because they just light up with each other.'

So, there you have it — it's down to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's explosive chemistry that Pretty Woman has one of the most infamous movie endings of all time, and would doubt the film would be so integral to our lives if they hadn't. We all love a good fairytale, after all...

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