It’s hard to believe that it has been 25 years since the release of Thelma And Louise. In 1991 both men and women flocked to see the feminist thriller about two friends on the run from the law. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis starred in the film and they recently reunited for the pivotal anniversary. In celebration of its longevity and lasting message here are 10 fascinating facts about the fabulous Thelma and Louise.
1. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are friends in real life.
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon have built incredible careers since appearing in the 1991 hit together. Both are Oscar winners and both are actually friends in real life. We don’t know if they are “ride off the cliff together friends” but they are friends nonetheless.
2. George Clooney wanted the role of JD.
George Clooney auditioned for the role of JD five times for Thelma and Louise. The role would eventually launch the career of little-known actor at the time, Brad Pitt. Clooney later said he couldn’t watch the film for years because he was so upset that he didn’t get the role.
3. Geena Davis wanted to play Louise.
The casting of Thelma and Louise seemed perfect when the film was all said and done, but initially, Geena Davis wanted to play Louise. However, Davis quickly changed her mind when Susan Sarandon walked into the audition. Davis said: “Susan was so self-possessed, so centered, so together.” She was the right fit for the role of Louise.
4. The actors were not entirely sober during filming.
Years after its release, Susan Sarandon admitted on the DVD commentary that her and Geena Davis got drunk on tequila for the “roadhouse scene”. Saradon said that it was always easier to act with the taste of alcohol and so they threw back shots and got drunk quickly. She also said that Michael Madison and Brad Pitt shared a few joints on set.
5. Michelle Pfeiffer convinced Ridley Scott to direct.
Ridley Scott was originally signed on to be an executive producer of the movie. However, in a 2011 Vanity Fair interview, Michelle Pfeiffer admitted that she convinced her friend to direct the film instead. Good move Pfeiffer.
6. Hollywood’s finest actresses wanted and were considered to play the role of Thelma.
Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston, Emma Thompson, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Jane Seymour, Sigourney Weaver, Tracey Ullman and Daryl Hannah were just a few of the actresses who were considered for the role of Thelma.
7. Ridley Scott had a few ideas in how the film should end.
One idea that Ridley Scott had to end the film with, was that Thelma would survive. As the car sped towards the cliff, Louise would push Thelma out of the car. However, Susan Sarandon begged Scott to keep the ending as it was. It served to be one of the most memorable endings to a film ever.
8. Susan Sarandon initiated the kiss at the end.
The kiss between Thelma and Louise at the end was completely Susan Sarandon’s idea. She told Geena Davis that she was going to do it but no one else. It again added that extra element of love and friendship between the women as they were about to drive to their inevitable deaths.
9. The audience needed a slightly more uplifting ending.
The first cut of the film had the car flying off the cliff and it is seen clearly heading down on an angle. The audience was too upset by the ending, so Ridley Scott edited the ending to freeze when the car’s front was more leveled.
10. The Simpsons parodied Thelma and Louise.
In season five of The Simpsons “Marge On The Lam” paid homage to Thelma and Louise. Marge and her new friend Ruth end up taking a trip on the wild side when Ruth admits that she stole her ex-husband’s car. Chaos ensues and instead of Marge and Ruth going over the cliff, Homer and Chief Wiggum fly off and the frame freezes. Perfect.