Making Purple Rain
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In the spring of 1983, he and William Blinn began work on a screenplay entitled "Dreams".
Blinn and Prince would send their revisions back and forth to each other while Prince was on tour. One of the things that Prince wanted was that the word "purple" be in the title and the seeds that would one day become "Purple Rain" were planted.
The original script was a much darker story revolving around The Kid who was torn between life (i.e; gratuitous sex scenes and dynamic live performances) and death (in this version of the film, The Kidís father murders his wife and then commits suicide).
As a result, the original version of the script had to be lightened up some to get the "R" rating from the X rating they would have given the original version.
Legend states that, after a fall-out between them, Vanity was replaced for the part with Apollonia Kotero.
Truth is, that Vanity was not his girlfriend ever. It simply made for good publicity.
Vanity was let go allegedly because of her rampant drug use at the time. Appolonia also stated years later that she was asked not to date anyone during the time of Purple Rain so that a relationship with Price could be speculated upon. And may even have been asked to break up with her boyfriend (allegedly David Lee Roth).
Prince's only real girlfriend from Purple Rain was Susan Moonsie (Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6 fame). They dated in junior high when she was just 13.
She reportedly started dating one of his cohorts and that gentleman brought her back to Prince's attention, to put her with the girl group. During production the two had nothing to do with one another due to their past relationship.
That is why The Time took credit for putting Apollonia 6 together. VH1 tried to do a 'Where are they now' on Apollonia 6 but Susan (who is now a housewife) chose not to participate.
*Update: People have written in saying that Apollonia wasn't married - she was dating David Lee Roth at the time. Can anyone confirm?
He often had to be almost literally dragged out of his room to the set from being so under the influence.
Next Section: Deleted Scenes
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