Film Trivia Friday: Notting Hill Alternative Ending

Today’s film trivia comes from that classic rom-com we all love, Notting Hill:

[ba-quote]As he explains in the published screenplay, in Richard Curtis’s original conception of the story, Honey (Emma Chambers) was a worker in the record store across from his bookshop and Anna’s romantic rival for his affections. The film would have ended with William choosing her over the fantasy that Anna represented. Curtis decided that he could not just dismiss Anna, however, and so he made Honey into William’s sister instead.[/ba-quote]

Now I get the idea – the plainer girl with an interesting personality should win out over the (supposedly) shallow celebrity, but this would never have worked – Julia Roberts is just way too likeable. End of.

I’m pretty sure this movie would have bombed with this ending…