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The REAL Pretty Woman ending revealed: The original script was far from a fairytale

Mirror logo Mirror 21/10/2016 By Claire Rutter

Pretty Woman is an iconic movie, with a fairytale ending but it was never meant to end happily

The Hollywood prostitute Vivian was actually meant to have been ditched by her client following a cocaine-free week so she could hook up with a fairly 'ruthless' businessman.

In an interview to mark the 25-year reunion of the 1990 movie, Julia Roberts revealed how her character Vivian was meant to clash with Edward.

She told Matt Lauer: “At the end of the original script, Richard [Gere]'s character threw my character out of the car, threw the money on top of her and drove away and the credits rolled.”

So Vivian wasn't going to leave behind the life of prostitution before being ultimately rescued by Edward climbing up her fire escape with roses in hand to the sound of opera.

© Rex Features The Garry Marshall classic has coined some of the most memorable moments in film, with Vivian's phrase: “Big mistake. Big. Huge.”

Pretty Woman's screenwriter J.F. Lawton had originally written a much darker movie, called 3,000, which according to Roberts was a reference to “how much money she got paid”.

“I was a screenwriter who was trying to get a job, I was unemployed and I was working in post-production and I was trying to sell scripts, and I had been writing all of these ninja scripts and comedies, and I just couldn't get any attention,” Lawton has told Vanity Fair.

“I suddenly said, 'Well, maybe I need to do something more serious and dramatic.'”

© Provided by Mirror The original script did feature a Los Angeles hooker and a businessman, as well as the opera trip, the bathtub scene as well as sorting Edward's tie. Not to mention, getting kicked out of a high end boutique.

But she wasn't the drug-free and flossing Vivian that made Pretty Woman the hit movie it is today.

Instead she was meant to have “blank and empty eyes” while staring out of a bus window as she flees to Disneyland with her pal Kit DeLuca.

© Rex Features Director Marshall changed it from a darker movie, and after several rewrites, he was happy.

“My vision was a combination of fairytales. Julia was Rapunzel, Richard was Prince Charming and Hector [Elizondo] was the fairy godmother,” the late director Marshall previously told Vanity Fair.

“It didn't seem like a vision everybody would have, but I did.”

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