Sharon Stone has opened up about the predatory experiences she's had in Hollywood, including her experience filming Basic Instinct, the movie that catapulted her to stardom.
Stone says she was tricked into taking off her underwear for the 1992 film's infamous leg-crossing scene, after being made to believe nothing would be visible onscreen in the film.
"After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it," she wrote in an excerpt from her memoir obtained 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.' 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 bullshit."
She continued, "Now, here is the issue. It didn't matter anymore. It was me and my parts up there. I had decisions to make."
Stone says she then walked into the production booth, slapped director Paul Verhoeven across the face, and went to her car to call her lawyer Marty Singer, who she says informed her the movie couldn't be released, and that "It wasn't legal to shoot up my dress in this fashion."
"I let Paul know of the options Marty had laid out for me," she recalled. "Of course, he vehemently denied that I had any choices at all. I was just an actress, just a woman; what choices could I have? But I did have choices. So I thought and thought and I chose to allow this scene in the film. Why? Because it was correct for the film and for the character; and because, after all, I did it."
Stone called the role "by far the most stretching that I had ever done in terms of considering the dark side of myself," writing that she sleep-walked three times during production and had "hideous nightmares."
"Do you have any idea how many people have watched Basic Instinct in the last 20-something years?" she wrote. "Think about it. It's about more than just a peek up my skirt, people. Wake up. Women championed that movie; men were obsessed with a woman who could make it stop. She was their favorite. But now, only now, do I go to events and there is a certain respect about that film. Oh, that film is coooooool. But when I went to the Golden Globes as a nominee in 1993 and they called my name as a glamorous finalist, everyone laughed. Well, not everyone, but enough of the room so that I was told where I sat."
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