In a new interview with The Guardian, Roberts appeared to suggest that the gender politics of “Pretty Woman,” in which she portrayed a prostitute to Richard Gere’s business tycoon, would prompt producers to steer clear of the film’s script today.
“I don’t really think you could make that movie now, right?” said Roberts, most recently seen opposite Lucas Hedges in “Ben Is Back.” “So many things you could poke a hole in, but I don’t think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it.”
Though Roberts’ credits included films like 1988’s “Mystic Pizza” and 1989’s “Steel Magnolias” (which hadn’t yet been released), she landed the part of Vivian Ward only after at least eight other actresses ― including Meg Ryan and Diane Lane ― opted out.
“It really is not a measure of talent, particularly in the beginning,” she recalled. “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.”
Though “Pretty Woman” might be received differently in the movie industry some 29 years after its release, it was successfully adapted into a Broadway musical last year.
The stage incarnation opened on Aug. 16, 2018, starring Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, at New York’s Nederlander Theatre. It features music by Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams) and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance.