Who starred opposite Michael Douglas as his unhinged lover Alex Forrest in 'Fatal Attraction'?
'Fatal Attraction' is a 1987 American thriller movie starring Michael Douglas as attorney Dan Gallagher, and Glenn Close as Alex Forrest. The two characters have an affair, but when Dan ends it, Alex, who has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), refuses to accept it. Obsessed with him, Alex keeps turning up at Dan's house, eventually resulting in, as the title suggests, someone's death.
The producers had doubts about casting Glenn Close for the role of Alex Forrest because they did not think her acting was sexual enough. Yet, Close proved her worth and was nominated for an Oscar. Born in 1947, Close's acting career has spanned over 40 years, and with her eighth Oscar nomination in 2021, she is one of the five most-nominated actresses in Academy history. Unfortunately, she is yet to win an award.
Michael Douglas (born 1944) was not nominated for an Oscar for his role in 'Fatal Attraction', but he won the German Goldene Kamera award for Best International Actor. He has won two Oscars for other films, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1976) and 'Wall Street' (1988).
'Fatal Attraction' was the second-highest-grossing film of 1987, beaten only by 'Three Men and a Baby'. The character of Alex Forrest has been used by psychiatrists as an illustration for the condition of BPD, although some argue Alex's traits were more severe than the average sufferer.