Richard Gere said “no” to ‘Pretty Woman’ but Julia Roberts used three words to win him over

Julia Roberts has a drink with Richard Gere in a scene from the film ‘Pretty Woman’, 1990. (Photo by Buena Vista/Getty Images)

Originally, the film was intended to have a darker storyline called 3000, depicting the life of a drug-addicted prostitute who is ultimately discarded onto the streets by Edward, with $3,000 tossed on her. However, thanks to director Garry Marshall and Disney’s intervention, the film took on a more enchanting tone, becoming the fairy tale we know today.

Despite initial reluctance from Gere to star in the film, Marshall believed in the chemistry between Roberts and Gere. He orchestrated a meeting between them, hoping their connection would translate onscreen.

During their meeting, Roberts passed a note to Gere, urging him to accept the role. Mesmerized by her, Gere promptly agreed over the phone with Marshall, despite not recalling the director’s presence during their encounter.

 

The pairing of Roberts and Gere was essential for Pretty Woman’s success, as their on-screen chemistry resonated with audiences, making the film a timeless favorite. And who could forget the unforgettable scene of Gere climbing the fire escape to rescue Vivian?

What are your thoughts on Pretty Woman? Can you imagine any other actor portraying Edward?

 

 

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