'Pretty Woman' cast will reunite on 'Today' show for 25th (!) anniversary
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and company will talk to Matt Lauer about the classic rom-com.
Thank you, "Today" show. Thank you for making millions of Gen-Xers feel like they're simultaneously young and old all at once. On Wednesday morning's show, the gang on the plaza showed a clip of the main players in "Pretty Woman" – Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Laura San Giacomo, Hector Elizondo and director Garry Marshall – hugging and catching up on a set full of couches. They reunited to celebrate the (gulp) 25th anniversary of the classic romantic comedy, and Matt Lauer's interview will air on the morning show on March 24.
Yes, folks, it's been a quarter century since "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette warbled through our car stereos and Walkmen for the first time, and it's been 25 years since a then-little-known Roberts rocketed to stardom playing the "professional" woman with a heart of gold, who fell for the sophisticated businessman played by Gere. The shopping scene alone, where Gere opens a case with a pearl necklace in it then snaps it shut to Roberts' charming guffaws, has been one of the more copied and parodied movie scenes of all time.
It should be an interesting reunion. Though the question needs to be asked: Where's Jason Alexander? He played an important and weaselly role in the movie as Gere's slimy lawyer; it was the biggest role he had at the time, at least until "Seinfeld" hit it big a couple of years later.
Still, it's nice to see the gang back together after so many years (sigh). Fun fact: one of the movie's producers, Israeli-born Arnon Milchan, founded New Regency Productions after working on "Pretty Woman." The company has had a hand in many hit movies over the last quarter-century, including the last two best picture Oscar winners, "Birdman" and "12 Years a Slave."
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