In the retrospective, Sarandon and Davis talk about filming the now iconic film and its lasting legacy. They also talk about meeting Brad Pitt, who made his major film debut in Thelma & Louise.
DAVIS: I actually read with him first — there were five candidates for the role. And then he came in — this is so embarrassing — but I got a little distracted during the scene, you know? I was forgetting my lines. I was like, “I’m totally screwing up this kid’s audition.” (Laughs.)
SARANDON: He’s told stories about how professional I was and how I made him a professional — I don’t remember any of that! It seemed like it was absolutely, absolutely easy for him. When I saw the movie and I saw him in the scene in the police station, that’s when I knew that he really was something special. There was really something there. He’s a very smart guy.
DAVIS: Ridley’s also very much into the look of things. He was personally spraying the Evian on Brad’s stomach for the shots where you see his abs and I’m like, “Hello!”
The two also talk about the film’s ending, Sarandon says that keeping their fiery suicide in the film was imperative to her agreeing to star.
SARANDON: Actually, I said to Ridley, “I hope we’re not gonna shoot this and then you test it and then we end in Club Med. If I’m gonna play that part, I want to make sure that I know where it’s going.” And he said, “I can tell you that you will definitely die. But I’m not sure about Thelma. You may push her out of the car at the last minute.”
DAVIS: But I earned the right to die!
SARANDON: You earned to go down with me, baby! Laddie [producer Alan Ladd Jr.] was another big reason Ridley had so much power — because he really gave him final cut. I mean, that was unusual even in that time. So he is very much responsible for the film being exactly what they wanted.
Elsewhere in the magazine, THR has ranked Hollywood’s 100 favorite films. For the complete list, head over to their website but the top ten are:
- The Godfather
- The Wizard of Oz
- Citizen Kane
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Pulp Fiction
- The Godfather: Part II
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Schindler’s List