From Julia Roberts’ blue-and-white dress to that iconic Richard Gere jewelry-box snap, it’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since rom-com Pretty Womanpremiered – and we still don’t know the whole story! In an appearance on the TODAY show Tuesday (March 24), Julia Roberts, Richard and other cast members chatted with Matt Lauer about the making of the film and not seeing each other in more than two decades.
“It feels like 45 years,” Richard joked. “But like I said, that was two marriages ago for me.”
As well as the reunion being a catch-up for the stars, they also revealed secrets from the set.
The film was originally pitched as a cautionary tale of drug use, but after Disney and director Gary Marshall came on board, the film became more light-hearted.
Julia, who played Vivien and had been cast for the darker tale, had to re-audition and luckily landed the part again before screen-testing with male actors to find her leading man.
Richard, who played wealthy businessman Edward, admitted that he initially passed on the script a few times until he met Julia and realised they had great chemistry.
Many of the fan’s favourite scenes also have sweet backstories to them. When Matt asked the on-screen couple about their famous jewellery box scene – Edward gifts Vivien with a stunning necklace but snaps the box shut on her fingers – they said it was actually a prank set up by director Gary Marshall.
“I do gag reel stuff,” Gary said. “So he snapped it, but she laughed so well that people said to leave it in the movie.”
Gary also told the story of when Julia went underwater in the bathtub scene and he had the entire cast and crew leave the set. “Where did you go,” Julia says in an unseen outtake. "Everybody left!”
Laura San Giacomo also joined Julia, Richard, Gary, and Hector Elizondo at the reunion, and recalled how her supporting role as Julia’s best friend Kit garnered a lot of attention.
“When women come and talk to me about loving this movie they talk about that friendship,” she admitted