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It's been 25 years since Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis took their wild ride together in "Thelma & Louise" and the two stars hit the road again to celebrate the iconic film for this month's Harper's Bazaar.
Both Sarandon, 69, and Davis, 60, shared their memories of filming the groundbreaking feminist movie, which hit theaters in May 1991. They also posed for a series of photographs in character.
The film tells the story of two small-town women, timid housewife Thelma (Davis) and her spirited best friend, Louise (Sarandon), as they embark on what's supposed to be a two-day fishing trip. But, the women end up on the lam after Louise shoots and kills a man as he tries to sexually assault Thelma.
Both actresses told the magazine they had no idea the movie would become such an important hit.
"I really didn’t think it would have the kind of resonance it had … It wasn’t seen as any feminist statement," said Sarandon. "I was very concerned that it wouldn’t be seen as a revenge film. The real thing Louise is asking throughout the movie is, 'Why do guys think this is okay?'
While on the run, Davis' character forgets all about her controlling husband when she's charmed by a sexy con artist, played by a young Brad Pitt in the role that launched his career.
But the movie also had an impact on Davis' life.
"The most liberating thing about filming 'Thelma & Louise' was hanging around with Susan. She changed my life, the movie changed my life. She always gets embarrassed the way I talk about her,” said Davis.
Davis said the movie's buzz found many critics predicting scores of female buddy movies.
"One very common theme in the press was, 'This changes everything. Now there are going to be so many female buddy pictures, so many female action figures. This just completely rewrites everything,' and it didn't. The really short answer is, it didn't do s---."
Yet, Hollywood has changed, said Sarandon. These days, young actresses are figuring out ways to navigate their own careers. "Today I think there is a crop of young women who are interested in having fun and having lives but are not necessarily trying to please all the time — even though they are scrutinized constantly," Sarandon said. "The Melissa McCarthys, the Amy Poehlers, all of those gals who are creating work, being funny and independent."
The movie's iconic ending shows law enforcement officers surrounding the women as they barrel to the end of the road in their 1966 blue Ford Thunderbird. The two women grasp hands and rev the engine one final time before driving together off a cliff.
But, what if the women survived that cliff? Where would Thelma and Louise be today?
"Well, Thelma’s definitely not with her husband anymore!" said Sarandon. "One would only hope she found Brad [Pitt] again. Maybe Louise became a lesbian. That would be fabulous."
"But I don't think either of them would be going back."