Sharon Stone has opened up about her experience filming the 1992 movie, Basic Instinct.In her upcoming memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, the 63-year-old actress will reflect on that infamous scene in the film where her character, crime writer Catheri…
Sharon Stone has opened up about her experience filming the 1992 movie, Basic Instinct.
In her upcoming memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, the 63-year-old actress will reflect on that infamous scene in the film where her character, crime writer Catherine Tramell, is wearing a white mini dress while being questioned by police in an interrogation room.
Stone specifically recalled being assured by filmmakers that her modesty would be concealed by strategic camera work, even after she was asked to remove her underwear to film the scene.
But when she saw the final cut with the film's director Paul Verhoeven by her side, she was mortified.
"After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it," she wrote in her book as shared by Vanity Fair. "Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project.
"That was how I saw my vagina-shot for the first time, long after I'd been told, 'We can't see anything — I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.'"
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This controversial movie moment has been a hot topic since it hit cinemas in 1992, with Verhoeven defended the scene in previous interviews, saying Stone knew what she got into when prior to sitting on that chair.
"Any actress knows what she's going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera," he told ICON in 2017.
But in her memoir, Stone writes that the only opinion that matters is hers as it was her body being filmed.
"Yes, there have been many points of view on this topic, but since I'm the one with the vagina in question, let me say: The other points of view are bulls--t,'" she wrote.
"Now, here is the issue. It didn't matter anymore. It was me and my parts up there. I had decisions to make. I went to the projection booth, slapped Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer."https://www.instagram.com/p/CJzbP0wpkfk/
Stone seriously considered legal action and she said Singer told her they could get an injunction to stop the film's release, as it was illegal to shoot up her dress.
After thinking long and hard, Stone concluded the scene was relevant to the story and her character, which she played opposite Michael Douglas.
"I did have choices. So I thought and thought and I chose to allow this scene in the film," she recalled. "Why? Because it was correct for the film and for the character; and because, after all, I did it."
Stone went on the receive a Best Actress nomination at the 1993 Golden Globes for her role in the movie.
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In another excerpt of her book, the actress said she was asked to "f--k my co-star" from another film in an attempt to develop "onscreen chemistry" between them. Stone did not name the co-star or the film.
"Now you think if I f--k him, he will become a fine actor? Nobody's that good in bed," she wrote. "I felt they could have just hired a co-star with talent, someone who could deliver a scene and remember his lines.
"I also felt they could f--k him themselves and leave me out of it. It was my job to act and I said so. This was not a popular response. I was considered difficult."
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