Star Don Johnson said of this film in a 2014 interview with the 'A.V. Club': "Oh, I loved [my character] Harry Madox. An amoral drifter. That was sort of one of the modern noir films. Dennis Hopper directed, and I'll tell you a story that not a lot of people know. Mike Figgis had written a script called The Hot Spot, and it was a heist movie. Three days before we started shooting, Dennis Hopper came to all of us, he called a meeting on a Sunday, and he said, 'Okay, we're not making that script. We're making this one.' And he passed a script around the table that had been written for 'Robert Mitchum' in the '60s... or maybe it was the '50s... and it was based on a book called Hell Hath No Fury. And that was the movie that we ended up making. This was three days before we started shooting! So he was kind of looking around the table at everybody and saying, "Well, you know, if Don Johnson bails, we don't have a movie." [Laughs.] And I read the script, and I said, 'Wow!' I mean, the Figgis script was really slick and cool, and it was a heist movie, but this was real noir, the guy was an amoral drifter, and it was all about how women were going to take him down."
Star Don Johnson waited "until he read the reviews" before he would speak about the picture according to director Dennis Hopper in a 12th November 1990 interview with 'People' magazine entitled " "With a New Wife, Son and Movie Uneasy Rider Dennis Hopper Hopes to Find the Hot Spot Back on Top".
Dennis Hopper, at the time of the film's release, blamed stars Don Johnson and Virginia Madsen for the poor box office performance of the film. Hopper said of Johnson: "He says he's not going to do anything for this picture until he reads the reviews." Johnson claimed he was so busy shooting Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) with Mickey Rourke that he did not have time to promote "The Hot Spot". Madsen, Hopper explained, was "very embarrassed" by her amount of on-screen nudity.
Director Mike Figgis was originally scheduled to direct with Elisabeth Shue in a lead role. The collaboration was not to be, however, but Figgis remembered Shue when casting for Leaving Las Vegas (1995), which Shue was cast in, starring with Nicolas Cage, and later received a Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award nomination for the movie.
One of two filmed adaptations of stories written by'Charles Williams (III)' that were first released in cinemas in the year of 1990. The other film was La fille des collines (1990) adapted from Williams' novel "Hill Girl" (1951).
Director Dennis Hopper once said of working with star Don Johnson on this film in a 1990 interview with 'The Guardian': "He wasn't that bad. He has a lot of people with him. He came on to this film with two bodyguards, a cook, a trainer, ah let's see, a helicopter pilot he comes to and from the set in a helicopter, very glamorous let's see, two drivers, a secretary, and, oh yes, his own hair person, his own make-up person, his own wardrobe person. So when he walks to the set he has five people with him."
One of two 1990 cinema movies that were directed by Dennis Hopper. The two films are The Hot Spot (1990) and Catchfire (1990) (the latter billed under Alan Smithee which is a common pseudonym for a director who does not want their name in the credits).
Nona Tyson and the film's source novelist Charles Williams first wrote the screenplay from the latter's own novel for this movie in 1962. Williams had passed-away by the time this picture was made and released.
Director Dennis Hopper described the movie in an interview with the 'Herald' in an article published on 18th April 1990 which was entitled 'Why Dennis Got Back on His Bike', as "Last Tango in Texas. Real hot, steamy stuff".
According to an article entitled "Screen Sirens Sense and Sexuality" in the 'Courier-Mail' published on 9th June 1990, website Wikipedia states: "A bedroom scene originally called for [actress Virginia] Madsen to appear naked, but she decided to put on a negligee because she felt that, 'Not only was the nudity weak storywise, but it didn't let the audience undress her'. [Director Dennis] Hopper later admitted that Madsen was right".
Director Dennis Hopper initially had in mind Theresa Russell for the role of Dolly Harshaw. Melanie Griffith was another candidate for the role of Mrs. Harshaw, but could not accept the role because she was pregnant at the time of the shooting. The part in the end was cast with actress Virginia Madsen.