‘Pretty Woman’ star Julia Roberts recently did an interview to talk about the movie that put her on the map and her co-star, Richard Gere.
Gere and Roberts clearly had chemistry during the movie that offered up a storybook ending to the unlikely couple.
Roberts was asked to prognosticate what the real-life scenario would be for that couple, and it was more tragedy than a love story.
CBS’ Gail King asked Roberts where she saw those two characters today, and her answer took everyone by surprise.
Roberts responded, "I think he passed away peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack, smiling. And now she runs his business.”
Julia Roberts says “Leave the World Behind” is both a disaster movie and a thriller, but also “a story about this family, this husband and wife, who are kind of opposites.”@GayleKing also quizzes her on iconic roles — and Roberts opens up about marriage to her “favorite human.” pic.twitter.com/laSQXvs4tm
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) December 12, 2023
The good news for Roberts and Gere fans is that she does not kill him off in a second movie where they starred together.
In “Runaway Bride,” she stated, “They stay together. He doesn't die in this one. They're gonna stay together."
Roberts actually went on to give storybook endings in just about every movie she made with a high-profile leading man, except for “Pretty Woman,” which I found to be rather interesting.
The movie was an absolute resounding success when it was released, grossing more than $463 million worldwide, which had it ranking 4th overall at the time.
Consider this… the only movies that made more money to that point were “ET,” “Star Wars,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
While Roberts was already becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood, that film put her into another stratosphere, and she has not had at least one movie and/or TV show every year but 2019 since “Pretty Woman” came out in 1990.