How much are you worth? That’s the question posed by the 1993 film Indecent Proposal, which sees a married couple’s life fall into turmoil when a stranger offers them one million dollars for the wife to spend the night with him.

Directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal is one of the most divisive films of the 1990s. Below are 20 things you never realised about this controversial classic.

20. Halle Berry was interested, but was rejected on racial grounds

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According to Halle Berry, she was interested in Indecent Proposal, and was hoping to be cast as Diana. Unfortunately for the actress, she was denied even an audition, with the studio citing that they were “afraid of adding an unnecessary racial undertone to the plot”.

Berry claimed that she was told that a black actor would not be cast in the role, regardless of talent, because the producers didn’t want the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to complain about a black character having sex for money.

19. The film changed the ethnicity of the characters

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Indecent Proposal is based on the novel of the same name by author Jack Engelhard, but the screen adaptation makes some significant changes. Whilst the key plot device of a million dollars for one night with a man’s wife remains, in the book the main character was Jewish and the billionaire was Arabic.

Because of this, the novel focused heavily on relationships between Jewish and Arab people. It seems likely that studio Paramount Pictures were concerned both about causing offence and alienating a broader audience, so it was decided that all the central characters should instead be white Americans.

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