In her upcoming memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone reveals she was misled about her now iconic 'Basic Instinct' scene.
Not only did the 63-year-old actress not know her private parts were going to be fully exposed in the movie, but she was also reveals having been coaxed by produces on other projects to engage in sexual intercourse with male co-stars to up the chemistry.
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In an excerpt that was published in Vanity Fair of her forthcoming memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, Stones exposes Hollywood of the mistreatment she was subjected to in the beginning of her career.
For her role in Basic Instinct, the actress reveals having been blatantly lied to when she was told by director, Paul Verhoeven, that her vagina would not be visible in the theatrical release of the scene. She explains that:
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. That was how I saw my vagina.
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 bulls**t.
Stone also explains having slapped Verhoeven across the face before exiting the projection booth and contacting her lawyer to discuss what her options were to fight back against what would be considered an injunction in accordance with the Screen Actors Guild.
Ultimately, the actress decided to allow the explicit scene to remain in the movie as she did want to compromise the integrity of the character she was playing.
Not her only instance of mistreatment in Hollywood
In the excerpt, Stone also reveals that producers from other projects she worked on pressured her into sexual intercourse with male co-stars in a bid to increase on-screen chemistry. She says:
I’ve had other producers on other films just come to my trailer and ask, 'So, are you going to f**k him, or aren’t you? … You know it would go better if you did'.
And added that:
I felt they could have just hired a costar 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.