Sharon Stone rang director Mark Rydell repeatedly, begging for a part in the film. Rydell automatically assumed that she was after the part of the mistress, and was quite surprised when Stone revealed that she wanted to play the frigid wife.
Although the location of the story is not specified, the filming locations were in Canada. There are numerous references to Canada throughout the movie. As Richard Gere is driving to the museum there is a billboard that reads 200 meters to the cafe. Canada follows the metric system. Another instance is a Canadian flag is displayed outside the shop when Richard Gere's character runs into the "red head" little girl with the pastries. A nice touch or connection to the region of filming, Richard Gere's character designed a museum honoring the natives of the region.
Richard Gere was originally considered to star opposite Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct as Detective Nick Curran but turned it down and it went to Michael Douglas same with the Wall Street role of Gordon Gekko. Both Gere and Douglas worked with Andy Garcia in Black Rain and internal affairs.
One of 4 movies that Richard Gere appears in that has music from James Newton Howard. First was pretty woman (1990), second was this film, third was primal fear 2 years after and fourth was runaway bride 5 years after this film.
Richard Gere, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone have each worked with Sharon Stone. Gere and Schwarzenegger played her husbands in this and Total Recall, respectively. Stallone on the other hand starred with Stone, in the same year as this film, in The Specialist in which she played a woman who avenges the death of her parents with the help of a former CIA agent played by Stallone. Also Gere, Stallone, and Schwarzenegger were considered for Bruce Willis' role in Die Hard. They later worked with Willis on movies like The Jackal and The Expendables franchise.