How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of ‘Thelma & Louise

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Until Susan Sarandon intervened with director Ridley Scott, Louise was the only one to die in the 1991 classic “Thelma & Louise.”If it hadn’t been for Susan Sarandon, Thelma might have stayed.

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

In fact, the Oscar-winning actress — who played Louise opposite Geena Davis Thelma in the 1991 road-trip classic “Thelma & Louise” — came up with some last-minute modifications to the script that sealed the fate of both characters. Until Sarandon interfered with director Ridley Scott, only Lewis had to die in the end.

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of ‘Thelma & Louise

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

“[Scott] said, ‘Well, you’re definitely going to die, but I’m not sure about the other character.

Uh, you can push her out of the car,'” Sarandon denoted Vanity Fair. “By the time we got to it, at the end of shooting, we had The take is, we made that moment to be together.”

Sarandon had other key input on the film’s amazing final scene in the Grand Canyon: “I said to Ridley, ‘I want to cut this dialogue so much, by the time we’re exhausting each other’s sentences and I want to kiss her. .’ And he said ‘great’.

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of ‘Thelma & Louise

After getting involved in the project because “Ridley Scott asked me,” Sarandon was asked whether she would play Thelma or Louise.

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

“[He] was kind of like, ‘What role do you want to play?’ she said. “And I had a lot of inquiries because I said to him, ‘I don’t want to do a vengeance film, I don’t think that’s what it’s about,’ so I changed some things in the way it was recreated.”

In the end, though, Sarandon earned her and Davis best actress Oscar nominations for making Scott an “iconic, larger-than-life story.”

She said he elevated “Thelma & Louise” from a “tiny little movie” by setting two female outlaws “with a John Wayne backdrop.”

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

“[That] joke is that when we’re filming we realize we’re just a voiceover and it’s great shots of everything,” Sarandon said.

“Because that’s what we did every morning, every sunset — we’d shoot outside parts with Ridley, all his guys with shirts on their heads and smoking cigars. And I and Geena were like, ‘I’m sure we’re not even going to be in this movie.’

How Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of 'Thelma & Louise

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