“Pretty Woman” was great for Jason Alexander’s professional life, but not so much for his personal.
“It was a help as far as having a bigger career,” the 61-year-old actor told Robin Bronk on the “At Home with the Creative Coalition” podcast on Tuesday. “It was an odd way to meet a national audience because I was known around the world as the a–hole that tried to rape Julia Roberts.”
He added, “Women hated me. I would walk down the street and women would say mean things to me. I got punched many times, I got spit on by one woman. It was a rough year.”
The “Seinfeld” alum co-starred as the villainous attorney Philip Stuckey who is furious when his client Edward (Richard Gere) falls in love with a prostitute named Vivian (Julia Roberts).
The 1990 film was a huge box office smash and instantly made Roberts an overnight star.
Alexander also revealed that director Garry Marshall did not want him for the part, dismissing him as “too young” and “too baby-faced” but casting director Dianne Crittenden pleaded his case.
In the end, Alexander says he only snagged the role because, “they couldn’t make a deal with the actor they wanted and they were desperate. The movie already started shooting and they didn’t have this character.”