Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a married man who has a weekend-long affair with single career woman Alex Forrest, played by Glenn Close. When he breaks off their affair, Alex goes a little nuts. Here are 11 scintillating facts about the movie, which was released 30 years ago today.
In , Fatal Attraction screenwriter James Dearden wrote and directed a short film called Diversion. By the time Fatal Attraction came around, Glenn Close was a three-time Oscar nominee who had never been asked to play a sexy role. When she and Michael tested, an extraordinary erotic transformation took place.
She was this tragic, bewildering mix of sexuality and rage—I watched Alex come to life. I got so nervous, I took a little bit of a Valium. I walked in and the first thing I saw was a video camera, which is terrifying, and behind the video camera in the corner was Michael Douglas.
According to Lyne, the only thing audiences remember about the movie is the spontaneous and somewhat goofy kitchen sink sex scene. You always need to have a laugh in a sex scene.
Paramount Pictures Two endings of the film were shot: Test audiences felt unsatisfied, so Paramount decided to re-shoot the ending and make it more violent. I think I fought against it for three weeks. I remember we had meetings. I was so mad. The main reason the ending was changed was because moviegoers wanted revenge. In hindsight, Close thinks they did the right thing in changing the ending. The Greeks did it. We gave the audience my blood. The phrase is listed in Urban Dictionary and on the U.
The film shows what happens when a married man lets his guard down and embarks on an affair, only to have it destroy his life. They felt they'd been betrayed because it was a single, working woman who was supposed to be the source of all evil.
But now Alex is considered a heroine. One of the reasons the film was so controversial is the negative way it depicted mental illness. Psychiatrists have said Alex suffered from erotomania, a condition in which a person wrongly believes a person is in love with them. I would read that script totally differently. Dearden reimagined the script in making Alex more sympathetic, Dan more blameworthy, and returning to the original ending. So whilst remaining faithful to the storyline, I have introduced the ambivalence of my earlier drafts … nobody is entirely right and nobody entirely wrong.
Alex is not a study in madness. She is a study in loneliness and desperation. I think that, arguably, it encouraged a vigorous debate from which feminism emerged, if anything, far stronger. The show was set to air on Fox. But in early , it was announced that the project was being killed—at least by Fox—after the producers encountered troubles with both the title and casting The Hollywood Reporter wrote that both Megan Fox and Jenna Dewan Tatum were said to have passed on the project.