Many critics agree that this was the very moment the world fell in love with Roberts.
Marshall explained why he and Richard Gere wanted to prank the young actress. According to Marshall, the 23-year-old Roberts would sometimes show up to the set a bit sleepy after a night of partying. “I said, ‘Richard, you gotta wake her up a little, so when she reaches for the box, slam it.’ It was a soft box. I would never hurt her.”
According to Marshall, it wasn’t until the last moment of editing that they decided to use the scene. “We put it in… and it became like the trademark of the movie,” said Marshall. Pretty Woman launched Roberts’ stellar career and the 1990 romantic comedy went on to gross $463.4 million. source x