Nearly 30 years ago, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis became an iconic duo thanks to a little film called Thelma and Louise. Hailed as a pivotal pop-cultural piece in feminist history, Thelma and Louise was ahead of its time and universal at once — and that’s why, 29 years later, the actresses are still celebrating the film and its legacy.
This isn’t the first time Sarandon and Davis have reunited in celebration of the film: They even joined forces to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary in 2016. It’s just a testament to the film’s enduring legacy. Refresher: Thelma and Louise is also the film that introduced an actor by the name of Brad Pitt. Maybe you’ve heard of him?
Davis also reunited with another co-star recently — we’re talking, of course, about Tom Hanks, who starred alongside the actress in League of Their Own. Hanks presented Davis with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in establishing gender equality in the film industry.
It’s a fitting honor: Davis, along with Sarandon, made a major impression in Hollywood when they starred in Thelma and Louise: They proved that two female actors were powerful enough to headline and anchor a blockbuster. The film’s feminist themes aside, that alone makes this an incredibly important piece of Hollywood history.
How would Thelma and Louise hold up to a remake? Well, that definitive ending may be altered. Back in 2016, Sarandon told Good Morning America about a conversation with director Ridley Scott. “‘Are you gonna change it and are we both gonna be at Club Med?’,” she asked Scott.
“He said, ‘I know [Louise] will definitely die, I’m not sure about [Thelma],'” Sarandon revealed. “At the end we had kind of earned the right to both go over. He said, ‘You might push her out at the last minute’.”