In her classic movie Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone has one of the greatest movie scenes of all time, but she claims it was duped on purpose, and she is furious for it.
With her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon provides an insider’s perspective on Hollywood.
A source discusses her experiences portraying Catherine Tramell in the 1992 film, including how she was instructed to remove her underwear during the film’s infamous scene. Under the pretext, it would not be visible on the screen.
In reality, that wasn’t the case, and she discussed taking legal action to prevent the film’s release.
The 63-years-old Sharon Stone wrote, “After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it. 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.”
She recalled, “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.”
The actress continued, “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.”
“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”, Sharon revealed.
She added, “Marty told me that they could not release this film as it was. That I could get an injunction. First, at that time, this would give the film an X rating. Remember, this was 1992, not now, when we see erect penises on Netflix. And, Marty said, per the Screen Actors Guild, my union, it wasn’t legal to shoot up my dress in this fashion. Whew, I thought.”
Even though Stone had made over 17 films, she was then relatively unknown. She remembered how she spent seven or eight months just trying to get a screen test for the role and that she only got the part after it had been offered to 12 other actresses.
She wrote, “Well, that was my first thought. Then I thought some more. What if I were the director? What if I had gotten that shot? What if I had gotten it on purpose? Or by accident? What if it just existed? ”
“That was a lot to think about. I knew what film I was doing. For heaven’s sake, I fought for that part, and all that time, only this director had stood up for me. I had to find some way to become objective”, Sharon added.