The original script for “Pretty Woman” was ‘really dark’.
Talking with Patricia Arquette for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series last week, Julia Roberts shared that the screenplay she auditioned for was titled “3000”, “And the ending was really heavy.”
She said the original script ended with her character being thrown “out of the car,” before the driver “threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.”
Roberts explained that while she landed the role in “3,000”, she thinks she “had no business being in a movie like that.” But that version of the movie never came to fruition, because the “small movie company” behind the script “folded over the weekend. And by Monday, I didn’t have a job.”
The script and its sole remaining producer ended up landing at Disney, which Roberts originally thought was odd.
She recalls, “I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it? [Director] Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.”
“I couldn’t do it then. I couldn’t do it now,” Roberts said of the “3,000” script, adding, “Thank God it fell apart.”