The classic 1991 film, Thelma & Louise, celebrates the 30th anniversary since its release

By Vanessa Etienne
June 14, 2021 03:10 PM
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Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt
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Susan Sarandon is looking back on her time spent filming Thelma & Louise alongside Brad Pitt.

During a recent interview with Extra, the 74-year-old actress discussed the 1991 film, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, sharing that she never thought it would become a classic. "I just thought it was so fun, we were kind of like a cowboy movie except with women and trucks instead of horses and guys," she said.

In the trailblazing film, Louise (Sarandon) and Thelma (Geena Davis) embark on a road trip that quickly devolves into a crime spree. The women evade authorities one final time by driving to their deaths in the Grand Canyon.

The movie also features Pitt, 57, as a cowboy drifter called J.D., in what was one of his earliest roles. Sarandon told the outlet that Pitt's performance in the film surprised her.

"When I saw the film, the part that really impressed me, in addition to his good looks and great body,  was his sense of humor because he really fleshed that part out in a way that wasn't necessarily in the script," Sarandon said. "I thought, 'Ah, this guy's interesting, you know, he's not just a really gorgeous face.'" 

"He took it as a character part and as we can see from his career, he really continued to push the envelope in ways that he really didn't have to when you look like that," she added.

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In February 2020, Davis, 65, also shared her thoughts about Pitt in his breakout role alongside her in the film. 

"He just has 'it.' I could tell when he was auditioning that he was super talented," she told PEOPLE after the actor snagged his first Oscar. "He has done so many incredible things over the years. I don't think that it is unusual for him to be honored. He really is the 'star' of the moment, which is fabulous, and it is just great to see."

As a celebration for the iconic film's 30th anniversary, Davis and Sarandon are reuniting for a special drive-in screening of Thelma & Louise on Friday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, also taking part in a Q&A at the event. A portion of ticket sales from the screening will benefit LA Regional Food Bank and The Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Cinespia said in a release. (The event is already sold out.)

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter about the movie's legacy, Davis said Thelma & Louise "changed everything about how I chose roles moving forward."

"What was so striking was the intense reaction to the film," she said. "Thelma and Louise end up driving off a cliff, and still viewers felt exhilarated by their story. It made me realize how few opportunities we give women to come out of a movie feeling inspired and empowered by the female characters. It changed everything about how I chose roles moving forward."

Both Sarandon and Davis snagged Best Actress Oscar nominations for their portrayals in the film.