We live in an interesting time. A time of reboots, reimaginings, and even sequel cancelling sequels. An example of that last one would be the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate and last years Halloween. What if we added “same movie but different point of view” to the mix? Well if Glenn Close has her way that’s something we’ll get from her film Fatal Attraction. In the original film Close’s character, Alex, has an affair with a married man played by Michael Douglas. She becomes obsessed with him and is slowly driven insane by the situation. Violence ensues.
However, Close thinks we should look at this story differently:
“I do think it would be interesting to take the exact story basically, and do it from her point of view. I think she’d become a tragic figure, rather than perceived as an evil figure. It’s so easy to make people who probably have one mental disorder diagnosis the antagonist, to make them the bad people, and it just feeds into the stigma. But I do think it would be interesting. It would be very upsetting to do it from her point of view.”
So… The general idea IS interesting. However I don’t think you can make Close’s Alex a protagonist. Sure, she’s a victim of a manipulative lover and a victim of mental illness, but she does bad things. Some… very bad things. Close obviously has a vested interest in the character and the way she perceived, but I think she may be tracking down the wrong path on this one. Close thinks that the situation in Fatal Attraction is a survival situation and that Alex was “using the same survival tactics that men used in that society.”
I’m not sure I buy that last part, but what do you think about this idea? Let us know in the comments below.
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