Sharon Stone rebuffed a question about her famous role in Basic Instinct during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday.
The actress, 63, starred as Catherine Tramell alongside Michael Douglas in the 1992 thriller and didn’t want to answer questions about her character’s memorable leg crossing scene.
Co-host Adil Ray mentioned Sharon’s memoir The Beauty of Living Twice and said: ‘Looking back at that now, I urge everyone to read the book because it’s fascinating. You mentioned how you felt duped at the time with that famous scene.’
Interview: Sharon Stone rebuffed a question about her famous role in Basic Instinct during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday
Sharon, speaking from her home in LA, replied: ‘I’ve talked about everything I’ve really had to say about that in the book. So that’s where I’m at with that.’
‘It’s ancient history for me.’
Adil said Sharon ‘owned the moment’, answering: ‘I’m with you but I think it’s quite interesting that what I like about that whole moment in Basic Instinct is that you completely own that moment despite what other people have had to say.’
‘Other people have debated about it, you completely owned it.’
Iconic: The actress starred as Catherine Tramell alongside Michael Douglas in the 1992 thriller and didn’t want to answer questions about her character’s memorable leg crossing scene
Sharon revealed in her memoir that the scene was far more explicit than she had anticipated, with the actress claiming she had no idea she was baring all when it was filmed.
‘After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it,’ she wrote in the excerpt published 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.”
In the unforgettable scene, Sharon’s femme fatale character — crime writer Catherine — is being interrogated by the police wearing a form-fitting white mini dress. She is smoking and recounting her sexual encounters when she seductively crosses her legs and flashes the dumbstruck investigators in front of her.
Adil said: ‘Looking back at that now, I urge everyone to read the book because it’s fascinating. You mentioned how you felt duped at the time with that famous scene’
Director Paul Verhoeven has denied that he exploited Sharon, who was 34 when the film was released, claiming that she knew what she was doing in the scene and was into it.
‘Sharon is lying,’ he told ICON in 2017. ‘Any actress knows what she’s going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera.’
Verhoeven alleged that the actress was fine with the nudity until she saw the scene surrounded by her agent and publicist, who feared it would ruin her career.
However, in her memoir, Sharon stressed that her version of events is the only one worth hearing because 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***,’ she wrote.
Sharon replied: ‘I’ve talked about everything I’ve really had to say about that in the book. So that’s where I’m at with that.’ ‘It’s ancient history for me’
‘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 said Singer told her that they could not release the film as it was, and she could get an injunction to stop it. The lawyer assured her it wasn’t legal for them to shoot up her dress, and for a moment she was relieved, but then she thought about the film and her character.
‘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,’ she explained.
‘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.’
According to Sharon, she confronted Verhoeven with the options Singer had given to her, saying he denied that she had any choice in the matter.
Memoir: Sharon revealed in her memoir that the scene was far more explicit than she had anticipated, with the actress claiming she had no idea she was baring all when it was filmed
‘But 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.’
‘By the way, you probably don’t recall, but my name wasn’t at the top with Michael Douglas’s on the poster,’ she added.
Sharon also claimed that Verhoeven incorrectly called her ‘Karen’ during her first meeting with him and continued to do so ‘all through the making and postproduction of the movie.’
The Basic Instinct star said that only now there is some respect for the cult classic, which was panned by critics, recounting how she was laughed at when her name was announced as a nominee at an awards show.
‘When I went to the Golden Globes as a nominee in 1993 and they called my name as a glamorous finalist, everyone laughed,’ she wrote. ‘Well, not everyone, but enough of the room so that I was told where I sat.’
Claims: Director Paul Verhoeven has denied that he exploited Sharon claiming that she knew what she was doing in the scene (Sharon and Verhoeven are pictured on set in 1992)
Elsewhere during her Good Morning Britain interview, Sharon opened up about her near-death experience and recalled leaving her physical body and being able to communicate with the dead.
The actress suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage and stroke in 2001 and was given just a one per cent chance of survival at the time.
Sharon, who has since made a remarkable recovery, spoke about the out of body experience she had while in hospital.
Scary: Sharon also opened up about her near-death experience and recalled leaving her physical body and being able to communicate with the dead
She told hosts Susanna Reid and Adil: ‘I had a near death experience and people discuss these in many ways. People discuss them from a scientific perspective and discuss them also from a spiritual perspective, I believe they’re both.
‘In my case, when this happened to me I had all these things people talk about where you see this kind of light – that you leave your body, that you have this feeling of being pulled outward and upward.
‘I had a sense of seeing people that had gone before me, I had a sense of communicating with them and sort of an ephemeral sense – not really with dialogue per se – but I did have a sense of understanding that we were communicating and then suddenly I had this gigantic pain like I’d been kicked in the chest.
Worrying times: The actress suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage and stroke in 2001 and was given just a one per cent chance of survival at the time (pictured June 2001)
Telling her story: Sharon, who has since made a remarkable recovery, spoke on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain about the out of body experience she had while in hospital
‘Now I do not know if I was defibrillated or if this is just how it happened with me, but then I was back in the room. And it was very clear that I had chosen to be back in the room and not chosen to continue on that journey… I think that’s really all I can say to describe it.’
Sharon, best known for her role in Basic Instinct, went on to reveal how she sacked her doctor just before undergoing brain surgery, because she felt he was more interested in publicity than treating her.
She recalled: ‘I was on very, very heavy medication… a synthetic heroin and I was having that intravenously 24 hours a day. I woke up on a gurney, being wheeled to what the orderly told me was going to be explorative brain surgery.
Rise to fame: Sharon is best known for her role in Basic Instinct (1992)
She said: ‘People discuss them from a scientific perspective and discuss them also from a spiritual perspective, I believe they’re both’
‘And I asked them to stop for a second and just let me know what the heck kind of exploratory brain surgery was going to entail and he said there wasn’t time, we would lose the room, and I really felt that maybe a bit of explanation about brain surgery might be in order.
She continued: ‘So I asked him to stop and he wouldn’t. So whilst I was bleeding on my brain, I had to stand up on my moving gurney to cause him to stop and when I did, the doctor broke away from his publicity phone calls about me and came running down the hallway with a piece of paper that he was waving in the air, and he told me to sit down and do what I was told.
‘He screamed with the paper that he had a fax from People magazine.
She told hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray: ‘I had a near death experience and people discuss these in many ways (pictured in 1990)
‘And I just realised that I was going to have to fire him, because he was more interested in his fax from People magazine than he was in explaining brain surgery to his patient.’
Shortly after her recovery, Sharon attended the 2002 Oscars and danced on stage with John Travolta – who she called the ‘most remarkably wonderful human being.’
Sharon said she hadn’t told John about her stroke, but admitted that had a ‘special kind of communication where you just know if you need to give each other a call.’
She explained: ‘We came to rehearsal the day before and I asked him what he wanted to do – did he want to dance, did he want to do something special – he said he didn’t know.
Smiling again: Shortly after her recovery, Sharon attended the 2002 Oscars and danced on stage with John Travolta – who she called the ‘most remarkably wonderful human being’
‘And then that night he came and I was sitting on a steamer trunk backstage and he looked at my dress and he said, ‘Oh, that’s a good dancing dress! That dress really twirls… Show me, show me how it twirls.’
‘He didn’t tell me that we were going to do anything and so I was as surprised as everyone else when I came out and we started dancing.’
‘But it was so exciting for me, because I was still really, deeply in my recovery and I was just at the stage where I’d just put one foot in front of the other. I was still working through a lot of stuff and my hearing still wasn’t quite right.
‘And sometimes I could see out of my right eye and sometimes I couldn’t. It was one of those things where I never knew quite what was going to happen and it all worked out. It was a good day and I didn’t fall off the stage or anything!’
Sharon, who was promoting her new autobiography The Beauty of Living Twice, also discussed her opinion on the #metoo movement.
Sharon said: ‘First of all, I don’t think the #metoo movement is a Hollywood issue. I don’t think sexual abuse is a Hollywood issue, I think it begins in homes both rich and poor.
‘I think the lack of communication is certainly a global one. I think rape kits need to be processed, I think that elementary schools, nursery schools need to have places where kids can say how they feel, what’s going on and educated people need to be installed in all schools.
‘I think we need to have better communication in courtrooms about how we treat victims of these kinds of crimes. I feel that we need to understand the differences between felonies and misdemeanors.
‘I believe that think tanks need to be made so we have a better understanding of what all of this means. And that we can address it more fruitfully, more thoughtfully and more compassionately in the legal system. I think that we are just impoverished in our understanding of how to address these issues.’
Opinion: Sharon, who was promoting her new autobiography The Beauty of Living Twice, also discussed her opinion on the #metoo movement