Susan Sarandon Changed the Ending of ‘Thelma & Louise’ While Filming

The classic kiss scene almost didn’t make the cut

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One of the most enduring movies of the 1990s almost ended a different way. Thelma & Louise famously ends with the protagonists — played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis — driving off a cliff to evade the authorities.

Before they kill themselves, though, the movie also captures a kiss between the two leads. Sarandon revealed in a Vanity Fair interview posted Monday on YouTube that the classic kiss scene almost didn’t make it into the female-buddy movie.

“I said to [director] Ridley [Scott], ‘I want to cut a lot of dialogue. By that time, we’re finishing each other’s sentences. I want to kiss her.’ And he said, ‘Great.’

It’s just as well Thelma & Louise ended the way it did. In 2016, The U.S. Library of Congress picked the flick to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

Susan Sarandon as TV’s New Monarch

Meanwhile, new Fox show Monarch features Susan Sarandon co-starring with country-music legend Trace Adkins. The country-inflected musical drama also features indie-rock singer Beth Ditto, Anna Friel, Martha Higareda, and Joshua Sasse.

Other country musicians like Shania Twain, Martina McBride, and Tanya Tucker are also slated to appear in Monarch.

While her leftist views are well-known, even conservative entertainers still find her pleasant to be around.

Take, for example, Trace Adkins raved about Susan Sarandon in an interview on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. He and Maher agreed that the actors getting along despite their opposing political views could be a template for the U.S., if people want to come together.

“Please tell me you and Susan Sarandon [who play spouses on the show] got to be fast friends,” Maher said during his one-on-one interview with Adkins.

“We did, I think,” Adkins replied. “There were no issues. We went to work, and we did our work, and we stayed away from everything else. A couple of times, maybe a current event or something would happen that morning, and she’d be watching the news, and she’d say something to me about it. But it was very brief.

Adkins added: “We just didn’t go there. We stayed away from [politics]. What’s the point?”

Maher called it “the model on how we fix America.”

Check out a portion of the interview right here:

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