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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.
Beverly D'Angelo, Rosanna Arquette, Christine Baranski, Ellen Barkin, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Beals, Candice Bergen, Kate Capshaw, Stockard Channing, Cher, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Alison Doody, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christine Ebersole, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Grey, Melanie Griffith, Mary Gross, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Kelly McGillis, Bette Midler, Demi Moore, Olivia Newton-John, Catherine O'Hara, Lena Olin, Annette O'Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annie Potts, Miranda Richardson, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Cybill Shepherd, Helen Slater, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Tracey Ullman, Sigourney Weaver, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, and Debra Winger were all considered for the role of Alex Forrest.