Hide the rabbits! Fatal attraction returns to screens as a TV adaptation – but it’s a very different beast to the 1987 film starring Glenn Close And Michael Douglas.
The new Paramount+ series has the same basic plot as Adrian Lynneclassic film by: a married man named Dan Gallagher (Joshua Jackson) is having an affair with Alex Forrest (Lizzy Caplan), who cannot accept that their relationship is not moving forward. The show, however, uses multiple timelines, giving viewers a wider window into the consequences of Dan’s actions.
“Our story is so different,” Caplan said. Screen Rant in April 2023. “The cat we’re trying to skin is so different from the one the movie did that hopefully people will get the funny nods and clear inspiration, but see it as the his.”
Jackson, for his part, wanted to make sure his point of view Fatal attraction emphasized the fact that Dan is not an innocent pigeon seduced by a scheming woman. “The film really presents him as the victim of circumstances, even though he is the one who committed the act,” he added. Dawson’s Creek alum said Weekly entertainment in March 2023. “I thought it was interesting when you really start to examine the type of personality that would take this seemingly perfect life on the outside and put it in danger to do something so selfish. Why would a man choose to do this?
The two protagonists of the show entered the project knowing that they had very big shoes to fill. the original Fatal attraction was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Actress for Close and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Archerwho played Dan’s wife, Beth.
“It’s an iconic movie. And unfortunately for us, it’s also a great movie,” Jackson said. Screen Rant. “It’s so much better to tell something mediocre. It’s not mediocre, but this story is also very much of its time. There’s an obvious opening, when you watch the film again, to dive into the character of Alex but also to have repercussions or responsibility for the character of Dan.
As Caplan pointed out in the same interview, the public has long had sympathy for Dan, but he’s just as guilty in the matter as Alex (even if he’s not boiling a rabbit). “I went back and watched the original and was like, ‘Damn, we’ve come a long way,'” Jackson explained to Variety in April 2023. “The movie is amazing, but the gender dynamics are impossible to understand.”
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