“Fatal Attraction” was a huge and controversial hit in 1987. As one report explains, there was a lot of opposition to Close, who played the role of Alex Forest in the ’80s blockbuster. But her powerhouse agent Fred Specktor insisted in the studio that they see her. Despite initial misgivings, it was another knockout role for Close, and the film became a cultural phenomenon.
“It came out at an opportune time when this gender anger was brewing over feminism, it hadn’t really been expressed, and it just fitted with it,” Close recalled (via Yahoo! Entertainment).
Still, Close wasn’t entirely happy with the film. She researched the role extensively and “didn’t think [Alex] was a psychopath. I thought she was a deeply disturbed woman.”
Close added, “I think my job as an actress is to find a common humanity with the character. Otherwise judge them. And if you judge them, break up with them” (via Digital Spy).
She also refused to direct the film’s new ending, in which she pursues Michael Douglas’ family and is eventually killed by his wife, played by Anne Archer. In the original ending, Close dies by suicide and Michael Douglas is arrested on suspicion of murder.
When the studio decided to change the ending, Close said, “You can put me in a straitjacket, but you can’t make me put it on.” After fighting the studio for two weeks, she gave up, and will you? Like the ending or not, you can’t say it wasn’t memorable.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).