″It was a help as far as having a bigger career," he said during the "At Home with the Creative Coalition" podcast on Tuesday. "It was an odd way to meet a national audience because I was known around the world as the a--hole that tried to rape Julia Roberts."
"Women hated me," he confessed. "I would walk down the street and women would say mean things to me. I got punched many times, I got spit on by one woman. It was a rough year."
The movie -- a Cinderella story about a prostitute and a wealthy business man (Richard Gere) falling in love -- became a huge hit and skyrocketed Roberts' career. Alexander, however, almost missed out, as he said the director, Garry Marshall, had his reservations about casting the actor.
"It was a unique situation, because when I got it, I fully understood that the director did not want me," Alexander exclaimed. "I was not what Garry Marshall wanted. I had auditioned for him, he was very sweet, and he basically said, 'You're too young, you're too baby-faced, you're too little.' There were other people he tried to get and I don't know why they couldn't make a deal."