In interviews, Madonna stated that she found filming the sex scenes "scientific, not sexy at all", but co-star Willem Dafoe admitted that he was "turned on despite himself" while filming the scenes.
In a radio interview with Sway Calloway, Willem Dafoe confirmed that the scene in the parking garage is genuine, no body doubles were used.
Two of Madonna's more infamous scenes (one involving dripping candles, the other requiring her to masturbate) were improvised.
In preparation for this role Madonna met with a real-life dominatrix, who taught her "a few tricks" including how to tie someone's arms behind their back using a belt.
Madonna, Willem Dafoe, and director Uli Edel spent 2 weeks rehearsing the sex scenes before filming began.
Willem Dafoe attended a criminal trial to prepare for his role. The trial was interrupted when several people in the courtroom, including the judge and many jurors, recognized him and wanted to talk to him.
Madonna insisted that Willem Dafoe really be restrained during the 'hot wax and champagne' scene, so that when she improvised, his reactions would be more "genuine".
Producer Dino De Laurentiis stated in interviews after this movie's release that he begged Madonna to delay the publication of her 'sex book' by a few months, so that the public would not think that this was just 'the sex book movie', but that she refused. De Laurentiis maintained that this contributed strongly to the film's poor box office performance.
Willem Dafoe accepted the role of Frank Dulaney because he was interested in the reversal of Hollywood norms, having a female character dominate during the sex scenes.
In an interview on youtube, Michael Forest states that he initially turned down the role of Andrew Marsh, because it was presented to him as "they were doing him a big favor" because he would be filming sex scenes with Madonna. In order to dissuade the producers from trying to cast him, Forest had his agent make an outrageous financial demand. To Forest's surprise, they agreed to pay what he asked, and he was left with no choice but to accept the role.
Madonna's acting coach quit just before production began, claiming that "she thinks she knows everything".
Madonna was always first choice to play Rebecca Carlson. Producer Dino De Laurentiis purchased the script because he believed it was the perfect role for her.
During a televised interview in January 2015 when asked about her experience working on this movie, Julianne Moore responded that Madonna was 'method acting' throughout the production, and was so into her character that she refused to speak to Moore on the set, with the result that Moore was so nervous when required to slap Madonna during their scene together, that she came nowhere near to making contact.
Joe Mantegna stated in an interview that filming the courtroom scenes was so tedious, that two of the extras playing jurors fell asleep during the filming of Willem Dafoe's closing statement. Mantegna yelled at them to wake them up.
In the original script, Rebecca was not supposed to pour the hot candle wax the third time. In the script, she merely used this as a way of taunting Frank, before blowing out the candle and performing a sex act on him. Despite the act being simulated, Madonna refused, because she believed it was not in keeping with her character. The script was changed so Rebecca poured the hot wax for a third time.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight promoting the film, when asked about performing the erotic scenes with Madonna, Willem Dafoe responded that "It's like an action scene with a twist. She is a great partner to do something like that with".
The 'hot wax and champagne' scene was included in UK Channel 4's list of the '100 sexiest movie moments'.
In an interview about this movie with UK Film Threat magazine in April 1993, director Uli Edel stated that while other actresses approached for the role of Rebecca Carlson balked at the explicit nature of the sex scenes, Madonna had her agent pursue the role for her, and Madonna told Edel that no matter how far the scenes would go, she would "always go a step further". Edel also confirmed in the same interview that Madonna refused to take direction for the sex scenes.
Although this movie is often castigated for its similarities to Basic Instinct (1992), shooting began only two weeks after that film was released, so the similarities are probably coincidental. But the gigantic success and media attention of Paul Verhoeven's film could still have influenced the direction and the editing. Certain dialogue lines and situations are definitely similar.
At a showing of the film in Los Angeles, Madonna's former best friend Sandra Bernhard was reprimanded for talking too loudly while the movie was playing. One source said that Bernhard reacted to being shushed by proclaiming to all within earshot, "This is not a serious film." The source added that Bernhard did not bother to wait until the movie was over before walking out.
The two lines spoken by Madonna's character in the 'hot wax and champagne' scene ("My way", and "Are you scared?"), are also lyrics from two of her songs recorded around the time the film was released, 'Erotica' and 'Justify My Love'.
The black briefs worn by Madonna in the 'hot wax and champagne' scene were on display for a number of years in a strip club in Aberdeen, Scotland, until the owner decided to sell them at an online auction.
Marie-Christine Darah, the actress who dubbed Madonna's voice in the French version, revealed in an interview that Madonna chose her personally.
Madonna's character doesn't remove her shoes in any of the three major sex scenes, except very briefly to smash a lightbulb with her heel.
In Japan, this movie was released under the title 'Body'. Another film starring Madonna, 'Dangerous Game', released around the same time, was named 'Body 2' in Japan, even though the two films have no connection.
Patricia Cornwell wrote a novel with the same title. She successfully lobbied for a disclaimer in film's trailer and advertisements saying the film had no connection to her novel.
John Wilson's "The Official Razzie Movie Guide" lists this film as one of "The Ten Best Bad Films ever made."
A TV trailer for this movie features a shot of Madonna's character walking from the balcony of her houseboat back inside. This shot is not in the final cut of the movie.