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5 April 2017, 16:49
Producers of the 1997 film have revealed that the original ending had to be cut because a tester audience HATED it.
It's one of the most loved rom-coms of the past 20 years – excluding Pretty Woman, of course – but now producers have admitted that the finished movie that we all love, doesn't actually end the way it was supposed to.
The film's director, P. J. Hogan, has revealed that a test audience for the film hated the original ending so much that they had no choice but to change it.
In the film that we know, Julia Roberts' character Julianne succumbs to the fate of her best friend Michael, Michael's (Dermot Mulroney) who marries his bride, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). Alone at the table, she's rescued by her gay best friend George (Rupert Everett).
However, in the original script, after Julianne failed to derail Michael's wedding, she met a new guy played by John Corbett, aka Sex and the City's Aidan, in the final scene, who she fell in love with.
But according to Hogan the test audience hated it and a day later a studio executive asked Hogan "How are you going to save this movie?"
in a dramatic statement, Hogan told Entertainment Weekly: "They wanted her dead. They just couldn't understand her motives."
That's when Hogan made the call for George to save the day. His character, Julianne's editor and gay best friend George, was expanded in order to make her character appear more sympathetic.
"Every time Julianne talked to him, she’d explain why she was doing these terrible things; he’s her conscience throughout", Hogan explained.
"Whenever she was being particularly devious I’d have her phone Rupert’s character and he would call her out on it."
Eight months after the film wrapped, Roberts returned to set to shoot the new ending, which sees George arriving at the wedding to dance with her at the reception.
"It would have been such a downer of an ending if George hadn’t shown up," Hogan said.
"That one scene somehow gave the audience permission to forgive Julianne. Those last five minutes really made the whole movie work."
We should be thanking our lucky stars that Hogan did change the ending because we can't imagine a world where we hated Julia Roberts!