It’s safe to say it would be a very different movie: Geena Davis famously played Thelma in Thelma & Louise, but actress initially preferred Louise.
“When I first read it, I showed it to my acting coach — this is before I had been considered or anything — we decided I should try for Louise, who is the more sane, mature part,” Davis told EW as part of our Thelma & Louise reunion. “He said, ‘You’re old enough now, I think you should play that part.'”
Except one person wasn’t necessarily convinced: director Ridley Scott. “When I met with Ridley, I was pitching I should play Louise — I had all these arguments. It was a year after I had read it. Year’s worth of passion that I had to play Louise,” Davis recalled. As she remembered, Scott countered her comments with one of his own: “Just to be clear, you wouldn’t play Thelma?”
Faced with that question, Davis backed down from her Louise request. “‘You know what’s interesting? As I’ve been talking, I don’t buy my argument, I actually think I should play Thelma,'” she told Scott. “Then I just made up all this sh– about why I had to be Thelma,” Davis added. “Thank God it all worked out.”
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