Fatal Attraction at 30
This year marks the 30th anniversary for the thriller "Fatal Attraction" starring Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher, a New York City corporate lawyer, who has been happily married for nine years, has a 6-year-old daughter, loves his wife and has no particular problems on the day he meets an intriguing blond played by Glenn Close at a business party. She makes it her business to get to know him, and one weekend when Douglas's wife and daughter are out of town visiting his in-laws, he invites the blond out to dinner. She finds him willing to be seduced, and they have wild, passionate sex. When Douglas tries to call off her advances, she begins a series of demands on his time and attention. Despite Douglas telling her to leave him alone, she grows pathological and starts visiting him at his office, calling him at home in the middle of the night, throwing acid on his car, and even visiting his wife under the pretext of buying their apartment. Desperate to keep his secret and preserve his happy marriage, Douglas tries to reason with her, but it is to no avail, and what concludes is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat final scene of survival.
Fatal Attraction was the highest-grossing film of 1987 worldwide, though producers Sherry Lansing and Stanley R. Jaffe had difficulty getting a studio to green light the film, and in finding a leading man. Michael Douglas was the first actor to express interest in the part, though Brian De Palma who agreed to direct the film refused to stay on the project unless he could replace Michael Douglas. Lansing and Jaffee had a loyalty to Douglas, who himself had experience as a producer. To keep Douglas on the project, they released De Palma. They had feared Paramount would cancel the project, but instead they merely delayed the start of production which had, at the time of De Palma's departure, been 10 weeks away.
Several actresses were considered for the role of Alex Forrest. Sharon Stone auditioned for it, but was passed over, and Elisabeth Shue was forced to turn the role down, because she was signed to the Disney movie “Adventures in Babysitting”. It eventually went to Glenn Close, who’s terrifying performance as Alex Forrest was ranked #7 on AFI's 100 years...100 heroes and villains list.
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 for three weeks in July, 1987.
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