Fatal Attraction?

More 80’s movies for you this week. I love, love, love the movie Fatal Attraction. It never gets old. I can’t relate at all to it, which is probably why it fascinates me so. Anne Archer is one of my favorite actresses, and her character in the film is so believable. Here are some fun facts for you about the film. Hope you are having a great week. I have 12 more days and then I’m FREE!!!

–Morgan Fairchild, Olivia Newton-John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alison Doody, Helen Slater, Demi Moore, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Beals, Catherine O’Hara, Rosanna Arquette, Kate Capshaw, Cher, Ellen Barkin, Carrie Fisher, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Amy Irving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Lena Olin, Annette O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Miranda Richardson, Mary Steenburgen, Meryl Streep, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Debra Winger, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger, Kelly McGillis, Melanie Griffith, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross, Kay Lenz, Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Candice Bergen, Goldie Hawn, Farrah Fawcett, Christine Baranski, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jodie Foster, Ally Sheedy, Annie Potts, Stockard Channing and Isabella Rossellini were all considered for the role of Alex Forrest.

–Glenn Close graduated from Rosemary Hall, an all-girls boarding school, the same year Michael Douglas graduated from the Choate School, an all-boys boarding school. The schools later combined to form Choate Rosemary Hall, which is co-ed.

–Glenn Close still has the knife she used in the movie hanging in her kitchen.

–Brian De Palma was originally slated to direct but he backed out because he feared that the story was too similar to Play Misty for Me (1971). De Palma also felt that Michael Douglas was not a good leading man. De Palma has since admitted he was wrong about Douglas.

–When Glenn Close finally secured the part of Alex Forrest, one of the first things she did was to take the script to two different psychiatrists to ask them: “Is this behavior possible and if it is, why?”

–When Glenn Close’s agent first called to express her interest in playing Alex Forrest, he was told, “Please don’t make her come in. She’s completely wrong for the part.” Director Adrian Lyne also thought that Glenn Close was “the last person on Earth” who should play Alex.

–After the reaction of the audience to the original ending, it was decided that the ending be re-shot. Glenn Close was opposed to redoing the ending, but eventually felt she owed it to everyone else to do it.

–The two psychiatrists who reviewed the script at Glenn Close’s request both came to the same conclusion: Alex Forrest’s behavior was – in its own way – classic behavior. Their diagnosis was that Alex had been molested and sexually tortured for an extended period of time while she was a child. As such, she would naturally lash out at anyone who found her desirable.

–The original ending had Alex committing suicide while dressed in white, and Dan being arrested for her murder. It was changed when preview audiences felt that Alex was not brought to justice. This ending still appears in the Japanese release. The ending was re-shot in the worship room of the Unitarian church in Mt. Kisco, NY.

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  1. I saw an interview where Glenn talked about her hesitation with reshooting the ending. I’ve actually never seen this movie in its entirety. I know. I know. Something’s wrong with me.

  2. I agree Kori, that’s a great movie but really scary. I can’t believe she’d keep that knife in her kitchen! I bet you’re getting excited for the end of the school year. Take care, Martha

  3. The movie was great because it was so spot on. The characters were “real” to us, especially Ann Archer, as you said. They all look so young now, don’t they? These posts are great. xx’s

  4. I too loved that movie…… It was so well put together & very plausable.
    Have a Wonderful Day!!

  5. That movie disturbed me so, I was only able to watch it once, lol! Same with The Hand that Rocks the Cradle..shudder..

    great post & interesting facts, thank you!

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