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Fatal Attraction (1987)
 Who was considered for Fatal Attraction?

Joan Allen
Joan Allen auditioned for the part of Alex, but failed to get the part.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Kim Basinger
Basinger was reportedly considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Kate Capshaw
Was considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Cher
Was considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Brian Depalma
Turned down the offer to direct the thriller reportedly to avoid complaints that he had constantly and unsuccessfully mimicked director Alfred Hitchcock.
Actor who got the part: Adrian Lyne

Faye Dunaway
Was considered for the part of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Christine Ebersole
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Mia Farrow
Was considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Mel Gibson
Gibson was considered for the role of Dan Gallagher.
Actor who got the part: Michael Douglas

Mary Gross
Had the role of Alex but lost it to Glenn Close when Paramount Pictures was forced to go with a more bankable star.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Linda Hamilton
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey turned down the lead role of Alex.

Anjelica Huston
Was considered for the role of Alex.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Amy Irving
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Was considered for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Kelly McGillis
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Demi Moore
Demi Moore was considered for the lead role, but was turned down for being too young.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Annie Potts
Acording to a radio interview, Annie Potts was offered the role of Alex Forrest, but ultimately turned down the part. Glenn Close was eventually cast as Alex.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Gilda Radner
Auditioned for the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Cynthia Rhodes
Cynthia Rhodes turned down the role of Beth Gallagher.
Actor who got the part: Anne Archer

Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson turned down the lead role of Alex.

Isabella Rossellini
According to director Adrian Lyne, she was offered the role of Alex Forrest. However she turned down the part because she didn't want to be typecast as a "femme fatale".
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Mary Steenburgen
Turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Sharon Stone
Stone auditioned for the role of Alex.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Meryl Streep
Streep turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Emma Thompson
While talking with David Letterman on 'the Late Show', Emma Thompson referred to auditioning for 'Fatal Attraction' (it was in the context of a story she was telling). Letterman asked if she really did audition and she said 'yes'.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Tracey Ullman
Apparently the director asked her to screen test before Glenn Close.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Raquel Welch
Was considered for the role of Alex, but Adrian Lyne turned her down because she was too old for the part.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Lucinda Williams
Williams reportedly auditioned for the role of Alex Forrest, but declined to appear in the film in order to focus on her music career.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was considered to play the lead role but opted to do Die Hard.
Actor who got the part: Michael Douglas

Debra Winger
Debra Winger turned down the lead role of Alex.



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