Close can talk about it with optimism now, but when she was first called upon to remake the end of Fatal attractionsix months after packing them, she refused.
“I fought it for two weeks,” she told the NY Times. “It was going to make a character I loved into a murderous psychopath. I was in a meeting with Michael, Stanley and Adrian. I was pissed! I said to Michael, ‘How would you feel if it was your character?’ He said, ‘Baby, I’m a whore.'”
As in, he did what the people who paid him told him to do. “Yeah, I said something along those lines,” Douglas agreed.
But although Close held out the longest, she wasn’t the only one resisting — Lyne wouldn’t do it either, saying it was giving in to the “lowest common denominator,” Lansing said (who was d agreement with the director). . The filmmakers were eventually offered $1.5 million for reshooting and the promise that if they didn’t like what came out of it, they didn’t have to use it.
Archer, for her part, liked the original ending and her performance in it. “I burst into tears,” she told Galloway. “My whole life, my career and my heart was on my sleeve.”