The filmmakers got a dead, procured rabbit from a butcher for the scene

By Jodi Guglielmi
March 29, 2017 04:08 PM
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FATAL ATTRACTION, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, 1987, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
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Animal lovers might want to sit this one out.

In a newly published excerpt in The Hollywood Reporter from an upcoming biography about film executive Sherry Lansing, new details have been revealed about the making of the smash 1987 film Fatal Attraction.

And while the book recalls the drama to get the film made and the fight to keep the original ending, perhaps the most shocking revelation came from “that” scene — better known as “the bunny” scene.

In it, Glenn Close‘s unhinged character boils a live bunny owned by the family of the man she has an affair with, played by Michael Douglas. In order to make the iconic scene realistic, the filmmakers opted to use a real bunny. Yes, a real one.

The filmmakers got a dead, rabbit procured from a butcher for the scene.

“We tried to take its innards out to make it real,” said director Adrian Lyne, according to the excerpt from the book Leading Lady. “But then it didn’t have any heft. It was just like a little bit of skin. So we had to boil it with all of its innards.”

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And if you ever wondered why Anne Archer — who, as Douglas’ wife in the film, discovers the poor bunny — looked so horrified during the scene, it’s because she really was.

“The stench was beyond belief,” said Lynch. “That probably helped Anne because the smell was so bad.”

Leading Lady will be released April 25 and is available for preorder now.