Most people wouldn’t slap their boss if they were upset with them, but Sharon Stone is not most people.
In an excerpt of her new memoir “The Beauty of Living Twice” obtained by Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about her experience filming “Basic Instinct,” and how, when she saw the final product, she slapped her director.
While filming the cross-legged scene for the movie (yes, that one), Stone alleges that she was told by members of the production staff to take off her underwear because it was “reflecting the light.”
The 63-year old star was led to believe that despite her lack of underwear, nothing would be visible, but when she watched the final cut of the movie “it was me and my parts up there.”
Stone confronted the movie’s director, Paul Verhoeven, and slapped him “across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer.”
Her lawyer informed her that “it wasn’t legal to shoot up my dress in this fashion” and Stone said that she told Verhoeven that the movie could not be made according to the Screen Actors Guild and therefore couldn’t be released as it was.
“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,” shared Stone.
“Basic Instinct” went on to be a huge success, and Stone said that she decided to learn from the experience and use it to her benefit.
“When I saw the film, I not only saw that I could make myself beautiful in this way—with the top talents in Hollywood highlighting all of my best parts and hiding my flaws—I could quite convincingly cover my vulnerabilities by removing the tender, fragile self at my exterior,” she wrote. “It wasn’t that I vowed to be this character from now on, but I would be less weak on the outside, less available to be eaten alive.”