Before the audition, she let her naturally frizzy hair "go wild" because she was impatient at putting it up, and she wore a slimming black dress she thought made her look "fabulous" to audition. She was this tragic, bewildering mix of sexuality and rage—I watched Alex come to life. To prepare for her role, Glenn Close consulted several psychologists, hoping to understand Alex's psyche and motivations.
She was uncomfortable with the bunny boiling scene, which she thought was too extreme, but she was assured on consulting the psychologists that such an action was entirely possible and that Alex's behavior corresponded to someone who had experienced incestual sexual abuse as a child. Alex Forrest was originally scripted slashing her throat at the film's end with the knife Dan had left on the counter, so as to make it appear that Dan had murdered her.
After seeing her husband being taken away by police, Beth finds a revealing cassette tape that Alex sent Dan in which she threatens to kill herself. Upon realizing Alex's intentions, Beth takes the tape to the police, which acquits Dan of the murder. The last scene shows, in flashback, Alex taking her own life by slashing her throat while listening to Madame Butterfly.
After doing test screenings, Joseph Farrell who handled the test screenings suggested that Paramount shoot a new ending. Alex's killing by Beth juxtaposes the relationship between the two characters; with Alex being victimized and Beth violently protecting her family. In the Special Edition DVD , Close comments that she had doubts about re-shooting the film's ending because she believed the character would "self-destruct and commit suicide".
I was playing a very specific, deeply disturbed, fragile human being, whom I had grown to love. The film was initially released in Japan with the original ending. Fatal Attraction spent eight weeks at 1 in the U. Overall, the film received positive reviews from critics. Time Magazine film critic Richard Corliss praised the movie writing "[The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives.
After its release, Fatal Attraction engendered much discussion of the potential consequences of infidelity. Some feminists , meanwhile, did not appreciate what they felt was the depiction of a strong career woman who is at the same time psychopathic. The film has left an indelible impression on male viewers. Close was quoted in as saying, "Men still come up to me and say, 'You scared the shit out of me. Barry Norman expressed sympathy for feminists who were frustrated by the film, criticised its "over-the-top" ending and called it inferior to Clint Eastwood 's Play Misty for Me , which has a similar plot.
Nonetheless, he declared it "strong and very well made, excellently played by the three main characters and neatly written". The character of Alex Forrest has been discussed by psychiatrists and film experts, and has been used as a film illustration for the condition borderline personality disorder. The term "bunny boiler", used in the United Kingdom to describe an obsessive, spurned woman, derives from the scene where it is discovered that Alex has boiled the pet rabbit.
Fatal Attraction has been described as a neo-noir film by some authors. As Alex Forrest is portrayed as a psychopathic, love-obsessed woman seeking revenge, behaviors that represent stalking are present. According to a study of people conducted by Randy and Lori Sansone, over half of the people who were found guilty of stalking-related incidents also experienced borderline personality disorder among other mental health concerns.
It can be noted that Alex Forrest's femininity was seen as toxic and fearful to the people in the film that she interacted with, which is a crucial representation of women as possessive and psychotic when it comes to dominance over a man. People who experience borderline personality disorder can also have higher risks of issues like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Further, most stalking situations occur from people who were previously involved in relationships with the person who is being stalked, according to research by Spitzberg and Vekslet. These circumstances, Beth and Ellen, are his family, and though Alex and Dan did not have a deep or meaningful relationship, Alex's clinginess caused assumptions of mental health issues.
Alex's representation of poor mental health in this film shows exactly the clinginess and attachment that people with stalking behaviors present.
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Slitting her wrists and pretending to be pregnant are manipulative techniques that someone with a personality and attachment disorder might use to attempt to regain the desired intimacy with a former partner. American Film Institute recognition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the play based on the film, see Fatal Attraction play. For other uses, see Fatal Attraction disambiguation.
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