The notorious bottom nude scene ultimately played by Julianne Moore deterred a lot of other actresses, including Madeleine Stowe, who switched roles in the film. Ironically, Stowe's new part required nudity too, though it was topless, rather than bottomless.
Even though he film is based on short stories by Raymond Carver, one scene is taken straight out of David Osborne's novel "Open Season" from 1974: the scene where Stuart and his two buddies, Gordon and Vern, harass Doreen at the breakfast diner before they head out on their fishing trip, plays almost exactly like a short chapter in that novel: three good buddies are heading out on a hunting trip and harass a young, sexy waitress at the diner where they went for a breakfast stop. Not only the way the characters interact is similar, even the way the friends in "Short Cuts" are dressed and how they joke with one another is exactly like Osborne wrote it. Thematically the novel "Open Season" is linked to "Short Cuts" in that it is a harsh critique of a perverted "American way of life".