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The word "fiancée" has three acceptable pronunciations in English according to Webster, with the stress on the first, second, or final syllable. In the initial hospital room scene where the Callaghans discover Peter in a coma and meet Lucy, all three pronunciations of the word are given, and in consecutive order as far as the syllables. Nurse: "She's his FIancée!" Midge: "His fiANcée"? Doctor (a few lines later, to intern): "She's the fianCEE, you idiot!"
The original screenplay was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé. Many studio executives thought this to be too predatory, but one suggested reversing the roles. Once the script was rewritten, the movie was picked up by Hollywood Pictures.
The role of Lucy was written for Demi Moore. Sandra Bullock took the role, saying she could relate to it having just broken up from a four year relationship.
Julia Roberts turned down the role of Lucy Moderatz.
James Spader and Dylan McDermott were considered for the role of Jack Callaghan.
A then-unknown Matthew McConaughey tested for the role of Jack, but was dropped because of his Texas accent. The director rejected offers to cast Russell Crowe in the same role.
Images of the world and Sleeping Beauty recur in the film: the young version of Lucy in the beginning is being read "Sleeping Beauty" by her father (the film is a role reversal of "Sleeping Beauty": Peter is the beauty, and Lucy the Prince); Lucy has a globe in her apartment (visible after talking to Jack), and of course the gift of her mother to her father, the light up globe lamp recurs as well.
Nicole Kidman auditioned to play Lucy.
Some of the gifts at the Callaghans' Christmas party: Lucy gets a red cashmere muffler; Ox, a cordless glue gun; Mary, an appointment to get her ears pierced and diamond earring studs to go in them.
Harrison Ford and Geena Davis were initially offered this film.
The director had considered Jami Gertz for the role of Lucy.
Chris Columbus was at one point considered to direct.
The Callahans' house is located in LaGrange, a suburb of Chicago.

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