“Miss Roberts Regrets” was the headline in People magazine — this within the heady days of the early ’90s, the primary actual Hollywood scandal of the last decade.
It was a love triangle involving newly minted megastar Julia, her well-known fiancé, and his greatest buddy. It was all so unbelievable, so juicy, so doubtlessly profession ending that every one three went 30 years with out ever actually talking of it.
But since two of the three introduced it up on — the place else? — a podcast, let’s revisit a time when Hollywood nonetheless made film stars, when film releases have been occasions, once we craved glamour and gossip with out apology.
So right here we return to 1991: Julia Roberts, 23, had grow to be a supernova enjoying, per Hollywood cliché, a hooker with a coronary heart of gold in “Pretty Woman,” eclipsing her actor brother Eric, and was newly engaged to 24-year-old Kiefer Sutherland.
Julia and Kiefer have been the primary Gen-X Hollywood energy couple, larger than even Johnny & Winona. They presaged Gwyneth & Brad, Reese & Ryan, Ethan & Uma. Julia was tall, Kiefer much less so; she smiled, he grimaced; her picture was sunshine and apple pie, his hazard and despair. They made sense the best way Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw did, she the yin to his yang. Julia Roberts might do no incorrect.
The wedding ceremony itself was to be a literal Hollywood manufacturing, on a soundstage at 20th Century Fox achieved as much as seem like a backyard. (Why not an precise backyard? Who is aware of? All too poetically, artifice trumped the actual factor right here.)
On June 14, 1991, the day of this million-dollar wedding ceremony, Julia Roberts ditched her groom on the altar and ran off together with his greatest buddy Jason Patric, flying to Ireland and scandalizing fellow passengers.
“Practically making love” within the air, mentioned the London Daily Mail.
No one noticed it coming. This was worldwide scandal, as large then as Brangelina would grow to be. Booze, medication, strippers, infidelity — all have been whispered, none confirmed. People journal had Sutherland dishonest on Roberts with a stripper, who was unavailable for remark as she was present process breast implant surgical procedure.
The journal additionally had Roberts checking into Cedars-Sinai for 5 days after the stripper story broke; Sutherland transferring out of their house and holing up in a $150-a-week motel, fielding calls from Michelle Pfieffer; Roberts and Sutherland preventing over whether or not Patric ought to come to their wedding ceremony; the customized cake for the marriage, a reproduction of a 15-pound turkey (a compromise after Roberts vetoed his plans to serve Thanksgiving dinner at their reception), eaten as an alternative by the caterers; Roberts dumping Sutherland by cellphone, through a 3rd occasion; and that tragic, most 1990s totem of all, the ill-conceived Chinese tattoo Sutherland acquired in tribute to Roberts.
Good stuff, proper?
Yet again in 2011, when Patric was gently requested about it by New York journal, he mentioned partially, “People Do. Not. Care. About it.”
Oh sure, we do.
The actor Michael Rosenbaum understands this, which is why when he had Sutherland and Patric on his podcast this week, he introduced it up. Turns out, after 20 years of not talking, the 2 grew to become friends again round 2009, and even did a play collectively.
As for the gossip, Patric mentioned : “The press, and being invited to the wedding, and taking off with the bride — that’s all bulls—t.”
Sutherland: “All bulls–t.”
They wouldn’t focus on the specifics, besides to counsel it was a case of “bad timing.” “You fall in love, you fall in love,” Kiefer says. “There’s nothing you can do about that. She’s an extraordinary person, and he is too, and, you know, timing is what it is, and everyone moves on from that.”
Sutherland has additionally mentioned that it wasn’t Roberts he grieved as a lot as Patric; of that point, he mentioned his life was like a rustic tune: “I lost my pick-up and my dog and my best friend, and I miss my best friend.”
Roberts herself has by no means commented, and she by no means actually misplaced the general public’s goodwill — a tremendous feat, given how typically ladies are forged as jezebels who steal their males or prudes who need to lose them. And since all this went down earlier than the web, all three gamers have saved their dignity, whilst Patric and Roberts broke up, and then she shortly and briefly married Lyle Lovett.
“When I saw him again,” Patric says of his reunion with Sutherland, “ it was more of a laugh and a toast. They both [Kiefer and Julia] have been subsequently married since, a couple times . . . and what lasted after all that is me and Kiefer, 35-year buddies.”
At which Sutherland jokes, “Never got the truck back.”