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How Susan Sarandon changed the ending of ‘Thelma & Louise’ at the last minute

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Susan Sarandon, Thelma just might have survived.Indeed, the Oscar-winning actress — who played Louise to Geena Davis’ Thelma in the 1991 road-trip classic “Thelma & Louise” — came up with some last-minute changes to the script that sealed the deadly fates of both characters.

Until Sarandon intervened with director Ridley Scott, only Louise was set to die in the end.“[Scott] said, ‘Well, you definitely will die, but I’m not sure about the other character.

Uh, you may push her out of the car,’ ” Sarandon told Vanity Fair. “By the time we got to that, the very end of shooting, the one take that we had, we had earned that moment to be together.”Sarandon had other key input for the movie’s memorable final scene at the Grand Canyon: “I said to Ridley, ‘I want to cut a lot of this dialogue, and by that time we’re finishing each other’s sentences, and I wanna kiss her.

And he said, ‘Great.’ ”After getting involved with the project because “Ridley Scott asked me to,” there was a question about whether Sarandon would play Thelma or Louise. “[He] kind of said, ‘Which part would you like to play?’ ” she said. “And I had a lot of questions because I told him, ‘I don’t want to do a revenge film, I don’t think that’s what it’s about.’ And so I changed a few things in terms of the way it was played.”In the end, though, Sarandon credits Scott for making the film “the iconic, bigger-than-life story” that earned both her and Davis Best Actress Oscar nominations.

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