Trivia / Thelma & Louise

  • Actor-Inspired Element: Susan Sarandon contributed several ideas to the film, in addition to the one below:
    • It was her idea for Louise to pack her shoes in plastic bags when she's getting ready for the trip.
    • The scene where Louise exchanges her jewellery for the old man's cowboy hat.
    • Louise stopping the car just to stare at the stars while Thelma sleeps.
    • The conversation between Louise and Jimmy in the motel originally called for them to have sex. Susan felt that Louise would not be in the mood to do it at that point in time — and that if it had to be in the film, there should be a moment where she backs out.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Deleted Role: Catherine Keener was cast as Detective Slocumb's wife, but her scene was cut. It's included on the Special Edition DVD.
  • Development Hell: The project's genesis was in 1979, with Ridley Scott joining as a producer in 1980 with Callie Khouri intending to direct it. At several points, a few big-name actresses were attached to or considered for the titular roles.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In the scene where the tanker truck is shot and blown up, the reactions of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were supposed to be genuine. Rather than filming separate reaction shots, Ridley Scott rigged the tanker to blow up during the take, in order to get authentic expressions of surprise from the two leads. Despite this, they were so astonished while watching it that they forgot to actually react, so Scott had to film their reactions again.
  • Playing Against Type: Heavily for Michael Madsen, usually cast as psychopaths and villains, as Louise's Nice Guy of a boyfriend Jimmy. It's one of the few roles he's said he's proud of. He had originally been in talks to play Harlan, which would have been within type.
  • Star-Making Role: For Brad Pitt, as the studly hitchhiker J.D.
  • Technology Marches On: With cell phone video these days, it would be much easier to capture explicit evidence of Thelma's attempted rapist in the act.
  • Throw It In:
    • Susan Sarandon added the kiss between Louise and Thelma at the end of the movie. Sarandon told costar Geena Davis (but no one else) that she was going to kiss her.
    • The sequence where Darryl slips and falls over on the builder's supplies as he is leaving for work was unscripted, as Christopher McDonald genuinely lost his footing. Despite this he remained in character, yelling at the workmen as he got into the car and drove away. Ridley Scott liked the result so much, he kept it in the film.
    • The scene where Louise grabs Thelma's headphones off her and scares her wasn't planned. Geena Davis was supposed to get up when Susan Sarandon called her from the car, but she had the volume on her walkman up too high and didn't hear her cue so Susan came over to get her.
    • Jason Beghe improvised his scene where the State Trooper starts crying when Thelma's holding a gun on him, deciding it would make his character more memorable instead of merely and unemotionally complying with Thelma and Louise's demands.
  • What Could Have Been:

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