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Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis appear in a scene from the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise. - Provided courtesy of Pathe Entertainment / MGM

Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis celebrating 'Thelma & Louise's 20th anniversary

06/07/2011 by Corinne Heller

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are set to appear at a Toronto event on Tuesday, June 7, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the actresses' Oscar-winning film "Thelma & Louise."

In the 1991 film, the two played friends who embark on a road trip and accidentally become outlaws along the way after one of them shoots a would-be rapist. "Thelma & Louise" also stars Brad Pitt as a paroled robber who befriends the women.

The film won an Oscar for screenwriting and earned more than $45 million at the U.S. box office. Sarandon and Davis each earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Actress, while Ridley Scott was nominated for Best Director.

"It seemed like a small movie," Canadian magazine Maclean's quoted Davis as saying. "I thought it was unusual there were two incredible female roles, and that people might not like the ending. We had no idea what the reaction was going to be."

Sarandon, 64, and Davis, 55, will appear at Roy Thomson Hall to discuss the film during a night of "great talk, fond memories, bold new roads and tons of fun and laughter."

Since the film was released, Sarandon later went on to star in movies such as the 1995 flick "Dead Man Walking," which finally earned her an Oscar after being nominated for one four times beforehand, as well as "Alfie," "Elizabethtown," "Enchanted" and "The Lovely Bones."

Sarandon recently filmed the movie "Jeff Who Lives at Home," a comedy starring Jason Segel and is currently shooting the film "Arbitrage," a thriller featuring Richard Gere.

Sarandon is also set to star in the sci-fi flick "Cloud Atlas," which stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is due to hit theaters on May 4, 2012, and also play Adam Sandler's character's lover and Andy Samberg's character's mother in the comedy "I Hate You, Dad," which is set for release on June 15, 2012.

Davis is also known for films such as the 1992 baseball drama "A League of Our Own," the 1995 movie "Cutthroat Island" and the "Stuart Little" children's films. In 2000, she starred in her own television series, "The Geena Davis Show," which ended a year later.

Davis also played the U.S. president in the television show "Commander In Chief," which ran between 2005 and 2006. Her last major role was in 2009, when she starred in the comedy film "Accidents Happen." Pitt has since "Thelma & Louise" become one of the most sought-after actors in the business and has been ranked high on lists of "sexiest" male stars in the past decade by top magazines.

The actor was not the first choice to play bad boy J.D. in "Thelma & Louise." Billy Baldwin was supposed to assume the role but dropped out to star in the 1991 movie "Backdraft" - a film Pitt had also auditioned for, according to Vanity Fair. The movie was released on the same day as "Thelma & Louise" and made more than $77 million at the U.S. box office.

Check out other roles actors and actresses almost played.

UPDATE on June 8: Check out what happened at the "Thelma & Louise" reunion.

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