Playing Against Type: Up to this point in her career, Close had played warm, fuzzy, earth-mother women and gotten nominated for Oscars three times. This was a radical change—so radical, in fact, that she got stuck playing similar characters for a while.
What Could Have Been: The original ending (which is shown in the Japanese version) had Alex commit suicide to make it look like Dan did it and Dan getting arrested for Alex's "murder." Dan's wife then finds Alex's note on tape that reveals the whole thing was a suicide and goes to the police about it.
Morgan Fairchild, Beverly D'Angelo, Bette Midler, Tracey Ullman, Olivia Newton-John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (!), Alison Doody, Helen Slater, Demi Moore, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Beals, Catherine O'Hara, Rosanna Arquette, Kate Capshaw, Cher, Ellen Barkin, Carrie Fisher, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Amy Irving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Lena Olin, Annette O'Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Miranda Richardson, Mary Steenburgen, Meryl Streep, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Debra Winger, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger, Kelly Mc Gillis, Melanie Griffith, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross, Kay Lenz, Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Candice Bergen, Goldie Hawn, Farrah Fawcett, Christine Baranski, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jodie Foster, Ally Sheedy, Annie Potts, Stockard Channing and Isabella Rossellini were all considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Martin Sheen, John Heard, Steve Martin, John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Dan Aykroyd, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Chevy Chase, Nicolas Cage, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Quaid, Bill Murray, James Belushi, Rick Moranis, Christopher Reeve, Jon Voight, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were considered for the role of Dan Gallagher.