A hot property before it went into production, stars like Geena Davis, Demi Moore and Brad Pitt were all vying for roles. Madonna had been particularly interested in the film, lobbying hard for Jason Patric to land the male lead. However, she finally quit trying when the studio decided to go with William Baldwin instead, although ironically Christian Slater has the part in the finished film.
To help her with her Minneapolis accent, Marisa Tomei asked that her driver be a native of the city. The first driver was sacked when she found out that he was from New Jersey, as was the second one when it transpired that he was originally from Texas.