'Fatal Attraction' turns 30: Why Glenn Close hated the ending of the film

The thriller stars Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

The film followed Dan Gallagher, a guy who has a brief affair with a career woman named Alex Forrest. Alex then becomes obsessed with Dan and stalks him and his family, with deadly results.

The movie's original ending had Alex frame Dan for her murder before killing herself. But when test audiences didn't like it, the studio reshot the ending, with Dan's wife, Beth, shooting and killing Alex — which Close initially protested.

"Fatal Attraction" sparked much discussion and debate, with some arguing that the film demonized working women — "Absurd," screenwriter James Dearden told the New York Times — and some believing that it struck fear into the hearts of many men tempted to cheat.

"I think that we all sometimes can have a moment of indiscretion," he said. "In the picture, there happened to be some extenuating circumstances that just were created at this particular moment at that time — 'I made a mistake.' And the picture's about paying for that mistake."

"Fatal Attraction" was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best actress for Close. It spent eight weeks at No. 1 and grossed more than $320 million worldwide, making it the top movie of 1987 globally. Other psychosexual thrillers followed, including "Sliver," "Disclosure," "Basic Instinct," "Single White Female" and "Sleeping With the Enemy.”

"I'm proud my character elicited such a visceral response," Close told the Times. "Now she's considered one of the greatest villains ever, and that to me is a mistake. I've never thought of her as a villain, just in distress."