19 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Pretty Woman”

“You and I are such similar creatures Vivian. We both screw people for money.”

1. Julia Roberts’ head was superimposed on the body of famous body double Shelley Michelle for the poster.


That’s some serious photoshopping skills.

2. Speaking of the cover, notice how Richard Gere’s hair is brown? Well, in the movie it’s gray. Oops.

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3. Originally Vivian was going to be addicted to drugs, but instead they opted for a more light-hearted film.

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Part of the deal was that she had to stay off cocaine for a week, because she needed the extra money for a trip to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives away. The movie was scripted to end with Vivian and her friend on the bus to Disneyland.

4. The opera they were seeing was called La Traviata, which is funny because it is about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man.

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Sound familiar?

5. The famous red coat that Vivian wears through out the film was actually a $30 jacket taken from a movie usher the director met before filming started.

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6. Richard Gere not only played the piano, but he also composed the piece of music that is played.

No wonder it led to sexy time.

7. This scene was improvised by Richard Gere.

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It was just too cute to cut.

8. And the necklace was worth a whopping $250,000. The jewelry store sent a security guard to stand next to the director during filming.

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Guess they thought they had something to worry about.

9. Christopher Reeve, Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis were reportedly considered for the role of Edward Lewis.

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10. And apparently Al Pacino, Albert Brooks and Sylvester Stallone were offered the role and turned it down.

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11. Julia Roberts got so nervous during this scene a visible vein popped out of her forehead. The director got into bed with her and Gere and they massaged her forehead until it disappeared.

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But then she broke out in hives.

12. The director had to tickle Julia Robert’s feet off camera to get her to laugh.

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13. Apparently Sandra Bullock, Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker were reportedly offered the role of Viviane and turned it down.

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Could you imagine what would have happened to Sex and The City?!

14. One time, Julia got so into this scene when she came up from dunking her head everyone had left (including the cameraman).

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15. When they first started filming Richard Gere would walk around a lot. The director asked him to stay still instead.

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He reportedly said, “No, no, no. Richard. In this movie, one of you moves. And one of you doesn’t. Guess which one you are?”

16. The movie was originally supposed to be called $3,000, since that is how much a night cost with Julia Robert’s character.

However, once they got the rights to the song “Pretty Woman,” they changed it.

17. Neither Ferrari nor Porsche wanted their cars to be used in the movie.


They didn’t want their cars associated with picking up prostitutes.

18. Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo and Kathleen Marshall all appeared together in Runaway Bride nine years after Pretty Woman came out.


19. The homeless man that Edward asks for directions is actually the director, Gary Marshall.

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Facts courtesy of IMDB and the 15th Anniversary DVD.


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