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Doctor Sleep director explains why he cast Ewan McGregor as the grown-up Danny Torrance. When writer-director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) set about casting the role of Dan Torrance in his horror film Doctor Sleep (out Nov. 8), he knew he needed an actor who could portray the hero of Stephen King's original horror novel, a middle-aged man with a supernatural gift who was psychically damaged by the events of his childhood. But since Flanagan's movie acts as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of King's novel The Shining, he also needed an actor who could be convincing as the son of that movie's two adult leads, Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The director eventually cast Trainspotting and Star Wars prequels star Ewan McGregor in the role, and we got the first glimpses of his performance as Dan in the film's just-released trailer. "We definitely wanted it to be someone that looked like he could actually be the offspring of Nicholson and Shelley Duvall," Flanagan said at an event to launch the trailer in Los Angeles. "More, though, it was about making sure we had someone who felt like Dan to us. I never really wanted to worry too much about making sure there was an element of Jack, because there really doesn't need to be in Dan. His last memory of his father, he's 5 years old. Ewan can still arch the brows and throw a mean smile at you. He can do it. But that was never really the point for us. It was really like, Okay, does he look he could be [their child]? Then, great. Then, that's plenty." (Entertainment Weekly)

Julia Roberts revealed the original ending of Pretty Woman and it's pretty damn dark You won't believe it. Pretty Woman is undoubtedly one of the most iconic films of all time, period. From Julia's unforgettable one-liners ("you people work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping"), to the ending that'll have you crying happy tears into your popcorn every single time, the world fell head over heels for Vivian and Edward's unlikely romance. And we haven't even mentioned *that* wardrobe. However, Julia has since revealed the 1990s rom-com was set to have a very different, much darker ending. "He threw her out of the car, threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley." Julia said during a Variety 'Actors on Actors' conversation with fellow actress Patricia Arquette. We had absolutely no idea but apparently, at the time, the original script was a 'gritty art movie' called 3000 and belonged to a small film company. When the business folded, Disney swooped in and turned it into the Pretty Woman masterpiece we're still absolutely obsessed with today. "They changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse," Julia told Patricia. The film's director, Gary Marshall, reconfigured the script with the happily-ever-after Hollywood ending that saw Edward climb up a fire case to kiss Vivian. Of 3000, the award-winning actress said: "I couldn't do it then. I couldn't do it now. Thank God it fell apart." We couldn't agree more! (British Glamour)

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