Sharon Stone says she can't block release of new 'XXX' director's cut of 'Basic Instinct'

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Time, it would seem, does not heal all wounds. In fact, with latter day directors' cuts of films, the wounds can often grow deeper.

Case in point: Actress Sharon Stone, who is none too happy about the upcoming extended version of "Basic Instinct," the over-the-top neo-noir from 1992.

As she recently explained on the Australian show, “A Current Affair,” she is not looking forward to the new edit, but has no power to stop it, per New York Post.

“They’ve decided to release the director’s XXX cut for the 30th anniversary…,” said Stone. “There are new [Screen Actors Guild] rules about that that have been made and created, but they were made after I, as a young lady, made this film, and so they don’t apply to me.”

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Seeing the film in a 2021 light might make it PG-13 today, but there are a few extra edits — most notably the infamous scene of Stone uncrossing her legs during a police interrogation — that will no doubt push that thorn in Stone’s side further.

Despite it being a massive hit and the breakout role for the star, Stone has complained over the years of feeling exploited during the filming.

In an excerpt from her memoir "The Beauty of Living Twice" that surfaced in March, Stone claimed that she was told by members of the production staff to take off her underwear during the infamous 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.”

Director Paul Verhoeven ("Showgirls," "Starship Troopers") has always maintained that the then-34-year-old star knew what she was getting into. “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 told ICON in 2017.

Stone recreated the iconic scene at the GQ Awards in 2019.

The supposedly steamier cut of the film was made between 2019-20, supervised by Verhoeven, and will feature bonus material from Stone and co-star Michael Douglas. According to Variety, it’s set for a theatrical launch in, of course, France, with wider distribution, uh, Down Under in Australia and then over to the States.

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