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Sharon Stone says she was only paid a ‘little bit of money’ for her role in Basic Instinct


Sharon Stone has said that she only made a ‘little bit of money’ for her breakthrough role in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct compared to co-star Michael Douglas’ $14m.  

The actress, 63, has recalled how she was in a ‘weird limbo’ after the movie as she was ‘suddenly famous but didn’t have any money’ and couldn’t even afford a dress to the Oscars the following year.

Talking to CBC’s Q With Tom Power, Stone promoted her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, which was published in late March.   

Breakthrough role: Sharon Stone has said that she only made a ‘little bit of money’ for her breakthrough role in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct compared to co-star Michael Douglas’ $14m (pictured in film still)  

Stone said: ‘I didn’t get paid to do Basic Instinct. I made a little bit of money. Michael made $14 million and has points. 

‘I made not enough money to buy my dress to go to the Oscars the next year. I was in this weird limbo where I was suddenly famous, but didn’t have any money.’

While she didn’t reveal her exact salary for Basic Instinct, it’s been reported throughout the years that she was paid $500,000. 

Her co-star Michael is said to have made $14m, along with his first-dollar gross points, where he gets a percentage of the box office revenue starting from the first day of release.

Pictured: Sharon pictured at the 1993 Oscars after revealing she couldn't afford a dress to the event after Basic Instinct's 1992 release

Pictured: Sharon pictured at the 1993 Oscars after revealing she couldn’t afford a dress to the event after Basic Instinct’s 1992 release 

Memoir: Talking to CBC's Q With Tom Power, Stone promoted her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, which was published in late March (pictured in 2020)

Memoir: Talking to CBC’s Q With Tom Power, Stone promoted her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, which was published in late March (pictured in 2020)   

When asked how her life changed when the movie came out, Stone revealed: ‘It’s Friday and you’re you. Tuesday, you’re the Beatles. 

‘People are climbing all over your car. You try to walk down the street and suddenly 30 people that were shopping are running, chasing you.’

When asked if she could afford to have private security, Stone said, ‘I didn’t have what I needed.’

She added when they went to the Cannes Film Festival in May 1992, just over a month after it hit theatres in the U.S., it was ‘insanity.’

'Weird limbo': The actress, 63, has recalled how she was in a 'weird limbo' after the movie as she was 'suddenly famous but didn't have any money' and couldn't even afford a dress to the Oscars the following year (pictured in film still)

‘Weird limbo’: The actress, 63, has recalled how she was in a ‘weird limbo’ after the movie as she was ‘suddenly famous but didn’t have any money’ and couldn’t even afford a dress to the Oscars the following year (pictured in film still) 

‘I got back to the hotel and all of my belongings had been stolen except the clothes on my back. My contact lenses, my film out of my camera, my toothbrush — everything was gone,’ she added.

Stone said that they had to find a way to get her out of the hotel without security, so the hotel staff had to improvise.

‘The bodyguards got all the kitchen staff and all the busboys to come up and they created this big circle that I and my two girlfriends were inside of and then they try to take me through the lobby,’ she recalled.

‘There were so many people, hundreds of people, pulling at us and going berserk. So this was our introduction, “Hello, you’re famous.” We had no idea,’ she said.

Stone said: 'I didn't get paid to do Basic Instinct. I made a little bit of money. Michael made $14 million and has points. I made not enough money to buy my dress to go to the Oscars the next year.' (pictured in 2019)

Stone said: ‘I didn’t get paid to do Basic Instinct. I made a little bit of money. Michael made $14 million and has points. I made not enough money to buy my dress to go to the Oscars the next year.’ (pictured in 2019) 

Stone added that she got to the point where she asked her chiropractor if he knew anyone who was famous, and she got a call from Shirley MacLaine.

‘I drove out to Malibu, and we had dinner on trays sitting on the floor in front of her fireplace. I’ve never been so happy in my life to have someone understand that I needed to be on the floor,’ Stone said.

‘I needed that feeling of being grounded. I needed someone who understood that I needed to sit on the floor, and be in my bare feet, and just have someone talk to me like a human being,’ she added.

Fame: When asked how her life changed when the movie came out, Stone revealed: 'It's Friday and you're you. Tuesday, you're the Beatles.' (pictured in 2020)

Fame: When asked how her life changed when the movie came out, Stone revealed: ‘It’s Friday and you’re you. Tuesday, you’re the Beatles.’ (pictured in 2020)  



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