Pretty Woman is one of our ultimate fave films. I used to absolutely love this movie (and I have to admit, I still watch it from time to time now).
The movie was totally iconic of the early 90s, and what with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s excellent acting skills and those heart-warming moments, there’s no wonder that we all fell head over heels for this movie.
Like me, you’ve probably watched the film more than once. So I’m guessing you would say that you know the film pretty well. Well, let’s see about that! Below we’ve compiled 16 things that you probably never noticed about the iconic movie – have a look and check for yourself.
1. Richard Gere’s tie miraculously ties itself back up
Remember that seductive moment when Julia unties Richard’s tie and walks out the room? Well, somehow, when she comes back, it is in one piece again. Looks like Richard is ready to hit the office.
This kind of ‘there-one-minute-gone-the-next’ spot in films is known as a continuity error. This essentially means that the duo probably had a filming break halfway through filming this scene and when they returned, Richard (or whoever’s job it was to watch Richard) forgot to remove his tie as it had been in the previous shot.
2. Richard Gere loses a crown in his tooth
While his character is firing Stuckey, Richard Gere actually has bigger things on his mind… Well, in his mouth anyway. It turns out that while filming this scene, he lost a crown from his tooth. You can see that he rolls his tongue around his mouth to check.
Considering that this is a moment that would make most of us panic, the fact that Richard is able to continue unfazed is credence to his acting ability.
3. The croissant changes to a pancake
Uh-oh another continuity error.
Remember when the pair ae having a romantic breakfast together? Well, it seems that Julia pulled off some kind of magic trick because her croissant turns into a pancake in the blink of an eye. Who knew she was such a witch?
4. The condoms change color
Here’s another oh-so-romantic moment. When Julia offers Richard a condom, there’s something weird about them. One minute they are all in the same order… The next, they change places. She must’ve been shuffling them while we weren’t looking.
You know, these continuity errors are not unique to Pretty Woman. They can be spotted in almost all films. In fact, if I’m ever watching a film that I’m not finding interesting I see if I can notice some myself. You’d be surprised how many you will notice. Of course, we weren’t ever doing that whilst watching Pretty Woman because it is an amazing film.
5. The sex noises were totally fake!
What would you say if we told you that the sex noises Julia was making were totally fake? Well, duh, she is an actress, but that’s not exactly what we mean.
During the piano scene, the sound of the keys was just too loud, and you couldn’t actually hear the sex noises, so the producers had to dub them over the scene later.
I wonder whether Julia recorded the noises or whether they were taken from a sound library. If so, I want to know whose job it is to record sex noises for films!
6. The director was always tickling Julia’s feet
For an actor, getting a realistic sounding laugh bang on can be difficult. Just like crying, it’s such a natural emotion and faking it is actually surprisingly difficult, have a go and you will see for yourself.
When Julia couldn’t laugh on cue, the director had a fantastic way of capturing the real thing.
Before shooting the scene he tickled her feet so that she would already be in fits of laughter. Cheeky! Where would you have to be tickled?
7. Julia avoids sitting on chairs for the whole movie
The director suggested that Vivian should sit on nontraditional surfaces rather than chairs. This suited her general attitude and bohemian lifestyle. This is a great example of the skill of a director that often gets overlooked. By having this idea, the director was able to develop Julia’s character in the most subtle of ways.
Bet you never noticed that one, eh?
8. The pair go to see La Traviata
When the couple go to an opera show, it’s worth noting that it’s La Traviata. For those of you who don’t know, the plot of the opera is VERY similar to Pretty Woman. The story tells of a Parisian Courtesan who falls in love with an older, wealthy man. Sound familiar?
9. Julia panicked before the sex scene
We can’t imagine how very awkward it is to do a Hollywood sex scene. You and another person (who you presumably don’t know that well) are expected to get jiggy, in front of a load of people (who again you probably don’t know that well), with the cameras rolling and it has to look believable – no pressure!
When Julia was building herself up to the scene, she had one little problem. She was so nervous that a vein started to protrude from her head. It actually had to be massaged down before they began shooting!
10. Richard Gere’s hair in the film poster
Throughout the entire movie, Richard Gere has grey hair… but that’s not how he looked on the poster.
For some bizarre reason, his hair is completely brown on the main movie poster. I actually quite liked his silver streaks as they showed, very clearly, that Richard was an older man. Weird or what?
11. The director makes a small cameo in the movie
When Richard Gere’s character asks a homeless man for directions, you might want to take a second look at the guy’s face. It is actually the film’s director, Gary Marshall.
I’m sure adopting the role of a man living on the streets was a far cry from the director’s usual living situation. Indeed, Gary’s net worth is rumoured to be over $50 million.
12. The taps in the bathtub move!
Not this again!
When the couple share a bath, one of the most memorable moments is when Julia turns the tap on with her foot, right? So you’d be as confused as we were to notice that when the camera angle flips and we see their heads, it looks like the tap is behind them. How on earth did she do that?
13. Richard Gere is a fantastic pianist
Remember the piano scene? Well, not only was Richard REALLY playing the piano, but he actually composed the piece for the movie as well. We never knew that. How can one guy be so very talented, eh?
14. Pretty Woman is a Disney movie
Sure, the film might seem like the ultimate fairytale, but what many of us forget is that this film is ACTUALLY a Disney movie. Now, we bet you never thought you’d see a Disney flick with such steamy sex scenes, right?
The original plot was much more sinister than the one we know. The film was initially conceived as a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the 1980s. It was Jeffrey Katzenberg (then-president of Walt Disney studios) who insisted the film should be re-written into a modern-day fairy tale. The idea was pitched to Touchstone Pictures and re-written as the romantic comedy we all know and love.
Is it just me or would anyone else love to see the dark version as it was originally written?
15. The necklace scene was improvised
When you think of the movie Pretty Woman, what scene springs to mind? We’re willing to bet it’s the iconic necklace scene… You know, when Julia starts laughing manically.
It might surprise you to learn that this scene was NOT in the original script. In fact, Richard Gere just thought it would be hilarious to shut the necklace box on her. The director liked it so much that he kept it in the final cut. Nice.
No need for feet tickling here then, the laughter in that scene is totally genuine, how lovely!
16. That is NOT Julia’s real body on the poster
When the movie first came out, THIS poster was just about everywhere. All the men got totally excited, thinking they’d caught a glimpse of Julia Robert’s hot body. Sadly, they were mistaken.
For that photo, they actually used a body double – a lady called Shelley Michelle. This isn’t the only body doubling work Shelley has done. A year later, in 1991, Shelley body doubled Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides. With a body so sought after, it may not surprise you to hear that Shelley’s famous legs are insured for a whopping $1 million.
See? There were SO many things that you really didn’t know about this classic movie. If you enjoyed these facts, don’t forget to SHARE them with all your friends and family on Facebook. And let us know if we missed anything in the comments!