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13 Facts You Never Knew About "Pretty Woman," According To The Cast

The cast and director of the 1990 classic reunited on Today for the first time since the film wrapped and shared some great details about the making of the beloved rom-com.

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1. Julia Roberts had to audition twice for the lead role of Vivian.

Roberts first got the part to play Vivian in $3,000, the original title of the film. But then script was sold to Disney, and she lost the part for a few weeks. She had to re-audition for director Garry Marshall.

2. It took a while to find the perfect Edward.

Roberts screen-tested with 10 different actors, including Charles Grodin, who were up for the role of the handsome, wealthy businessman.

3. A Post-it note convinced Richard Gere to sign on to the film.

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Richard Gere turned down the role a few times. So Marshall flew Roberts to New York to meet with Gere in the hopes that she could persuade him. Roberts and Gere talked all night, and, at one point Marshall called to see how it was going. While Gere was talking to him, Roberts wrote on a Post-it note, "Please say yes" and, while still on the phone, Gere said to Marshall, "I just said yes."

4. The original ending of the film was extremely sad.

The original script for $3,000, was a dark tale about the havoc drugs can reap on a person's life. In that script, the film ended with Edward throwing Vivian and her $3,000 out of his car. Roll credits. Also, Kit died from a drug overdose.

5. Vivian started out as a much darker character.

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She was also a drug addict in the original script, a far cry from the woman who cares so much about taking care of her teeth and gums.

6. The most iconic piece from Vivian's first outfit was found on the street.

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The costume designer was having trouble finding the right jacket for Vivian. One day, Marshall and some of the crew were driving down Hollywood Boulevard and saw a kid wearing the red jacket. It was purchased on the street corner.

7. Roberts' favorite scene is not what you'd expect.

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Roberts said she loved driving around in Edward's car in Hollywood. She didn't really know how to drive, and she drove so fast the camera operators had a hard time filming her.

8. And Gere's favorite scene is from early on in the film.

Gere said he loved any scene where Roberts was walking around in her hooker outfit with the mini-skirt and leather boots.

9. The handkerchief scene was improvised.

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And Roberts hated it. She thought no one would find it funny to watch her blowing her nose into a handkerchief.

10. Roberts was pranked while filming the bathtub scene.

When Roberts went underwater in the bathtub scene, the whole cast and crew cleared the set as a joke. When she emerged, she was by herself.

11. One more take of the bathtub scene, and Vivian may have been a blonde.

Roberts had to do a lot of takes for when she goes under the water, which was filled with a very strong detergent to create the bubbles. By the end of the day, her dyed red hair color had been stripped by the detergent, and she had to do a late-night emergency coloring session to get it back to normal for the next day.

12. There's a reason there's never been a Pretty Woman 2.

The cast made a pact that a sequel wouldn't happen unless everyone came back to do it.

13. One of the film's most memorable moments almost didn't make it into the final cut.

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The jewelry box scene was scripted to go a little differently: Edward was supposed to open to box and give the necklace to Vivian. But after three or four takes, Marshall decided he wanted to film a quick practical joke for the gag real. Marshall told Gere to snap the box closed when Roberts reached for the necklace. But her reaction was so priceless, they kept it in the film.

Watch the full Pretty Woman reunion interview here:

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