In Pretty Woman, a film that just turned 30 years old, Julia Roberts plays the cleanest, most carefree hooker in the world who stumbles across a rich man and lets loose in high society as a new woman for the low rental price of $3,000. At the base, it’s Cinderella with fuck-me boots. Fast forward to 2019 and Julia believes that in this current climate of sexual politics, a film like Pretty Woman would never fly.
In an interview with The Guardian, Julia and her Ben Is Back co-star Lucas Hedges dote on each other sickeningly. During their verbal circle jerk sessionm the subject of romantic comedies came up. This is when Julia began discussing a few of the films she inflicted upon the masses, including two classics that will forever hold a place in the Chick Flick Hall of Fame. Julia discussed one of her most successful films Notting Hill by stating she almost didn’t take the role because it made her roll her eyes so much she couldn’t focus on the words in the script.
“I did not want to do that movie,” says Roberts. “The pitch of it sounds awful, right? Do you want to come and play the world’s biggest movie star and then fall in love with the bookshop owner? No!” But she met the film-makers anyway and liked them so much, she shrugged. “‘What the hell?’ I, you know … And it’s this great little jewel of a movie.”
And I’m sure Julia was able to buy herself a few great little jewels with the money she made by throwing artistic expression to the side and grabbing that check. Julia has always been great at picking her roles, however the role in Pretty Woman came to her after a ton of other actresses turned it down. Big mistake for them, but if you think she’s going to suggest a reboot for this day and age, think again.
“I don’t really think you could make that movie now, right?” asks Roberts. “So many things you could poke a hole in, but I don’t think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it.” Regardless, even getting the role of bubbly sex worker Vivian Ward was luck. The part only came to Roberts after at least eight other major actors turned it down. “It really is not a measure of talent, particularly in the beginning. It’s a measure of good fortune – and being able to have your wits about you enough to make something out of that good fortune.”
I love when celebrities reach a certain point in their careers and then they start shitting over their old movies like “Gawd, I can’t believe I did that!” Julia had it not been for that ratty Carol Channing wig and shiny pair of pleather boots with the safety pins, we would probably be referring to you now as “The girl from Mystic Pizza“. And speaking of which, Julia also mentioned how horrified she was when she slapped Annabeth Gish like she owed her money in Mystic Pizza.
I bet you won’t hear Julia talk this kind of shit about Erin Brockovich because the Academy would probably come to her house and slap that Oscar right off of her mantle into a box marked “repossessed.”
And since it’s already been brought up, here’s Julia back before she became the OG of Rom Coms and was just a girl who liked to curse and slap bitches on film.