SPOILER: There was some question as to whether Catherine Trammell should kill women as well as men, but director Paul Verhoeven decided that she should only kill men.
SPOILER: Brooke Shields turned down the role of Roxy (Catherine's girlfriend) because she feared the role called for nudity.
SPOILER: According to director Paul Verhoeven, the woman in the opening scene was Sharon Stone and not a body double.
SPOILER: When first released, the viewers were in huge disagreements over who the killer in the film really was. It wasn't until the director and stars went public in interviews, telling the public who the killer was and where the clues could be found, that the debate about the ending finally was put to rest.
SPOILER: Sharon Stone, when doing the interview circuit, was really annoyed by the fact that everyone always asked her how she felt about all the nudity, when she had real problems with the fact that her character killed someone on screen. When filming this sequence, a paramedic had to be on standby as she kept passing out, and suffered nightmares.
SPOILER: Gay rights activists were against the way the gay characters were portrayed that they blocked the set numerous times while in San Francisco. Director Paul Verhoeven had to issue fake call sheets to trick the protesters into blocking unused locations. When the movie was released, the activists paraded around San Francisco theaters handing out flyers saying "Catherine did it" to ruin the plot for moviegoers. This didn't seem to impact at all as the movie opened #1 on that same weekend and went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
SPOILER: Paul Verhoeven offered the role to Sharon Stone mainly because he admired her acting in Total Recall (1990) where she played an evil character pretending to be innocent.
Kay Lenz reportedly wanted the role of Catherine, but Paul Verhoeven turned her down.
Opening film at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
No body doubles were used in any of the sex scenes.
According to the original screenplay, the character of Gus was supposed to be 64.
Michael Douglas declined to go full frontal in the film, or to let his character be bisexual.
Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone had to wear genital pads during the sex scenes due to the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
This marks the final film appearance of Oscar winner Dorothy Malone.
Paul Verhoeven was so intent on making the sex scenes as explicitly as the censors would allow, that he showed the study executives very detailed storyboards depicting what he had in mind, as to avoid later discussions about the graphic nature of the love scenes.
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