We all know the classic prostitute to princess story of Pretty Woman that made Julia Roberts a household name in the 90’s. Well did you know that Julia Roberts’ character, Vivian Ward, was supposed to die in the original ending of the flick? On March 2, 2017, former Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffery Katzenberg revealed that the character was actually supposed to die of an overdose at the end of the classic 1990 film.
“I can’t tell you how much time was spent debating,” Katzenberg said at a Q&A session at Hearst Tower in New York City, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. “As a script, Pretty Woman was an R-rated movie about a hooker on Hollywood Boulevard. By the way, in the original version — it’s pretty dark — I think she died of an overdose.”
It’s no secret that the original story had to be rewritten into the romantic comedy, especially with the sensitive nature of sexuality, money and prostitution. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts stole the hearts of fans, with their cute and witty portray of two unlikely characters that fell in love against all odds.
“So convincing [people] that we should make that at the Walt Disney Co., and that it’s a fairy tale and a princess movie, a lot of people had a hard time seeing it. But, as they say, the rest is history.”
Pretty Woman still remains Disney’s highest grossing R-rated film to date, so I guess the decision was a good one in the end.
What do you think of the alternate ending?