The original ending of My Best Friend’s Wedding has been revealed [TriStar]
The 1997 romantic comedy followed Julia Robert’s character Julianne as she attempted to break up the wedding of her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to Cameron Diaz’s Kimmy.
In all versions of the film, Julianne fails in her attempts to end the nuptials, but in the original version she was meant to end up with John Corbett.
However, that whole scene was cut from the movie after it was shown to test audiences who didn’t want to see her get a happy ending.
John Corbett was cut from the movie after test audiences weren’t happy with Julia Roberts’ character ending up with him[Greg Doherty/Getty Images]
“They wanted her dead,” director PJ Hogan told Entertainment Weekly. “They just couldn’t understand her motives.”
So they decided to cut the Sex and the City star from the movie, but that left Julia’s character ending up “alone and unhappy” so they expanded the role of Rupert Everett’s character, George, to help audience feel more empathy for Julianne.
“Every time Julianne talked to him, she’d explain why she was doing these terrible things; he’s her conscience throughout. Whenever she was being particularly devious I’d have her phone Rupert’s character and he would call her out on it,” Hogan explained.
Rupert Everett’s George was expanded to be more of a conscience for Julianna [TriStar]
One scene in which a phone call was added is when Julianna is chasing Michael in a bread truck, who in turn is chasing after Kimmy. She calls George who asks her, “who’s chasing you?”
“I just asked myself, ‘What do I need to hear someone say to her at this point?'” the director said. “It was implicit in the scene, but she needed George to point it out to her.”
George reminds Julianna of the mistakes she’s made in trying to break up the wedding [TriStar]
At the end, after Kimmy and Michael are married, George turns up to dance with Julianne, a scene which Hogan said “gave the audience permission to forgive her.”
Both Rupert and Julia earned Golden Globes nominations – Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress – and the former also earned a BAFTA nomination for the role.
Upon its release, the film earned predominantly positive reviews with the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes saying: “Thanks to a charming performance from Julia Roberts and a subversive spin on the genre, My Best Friend’s Wedding is a refreshingly entertaining romantic comedy.”