Sharon Stone says she was tricked into infamous Basic Instinct scene

Alice Howarth
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Sharon Stone has said that she was tricked into appearing without underwear during her infamous scene in the 1992 film, Basic Instinct.

In her book, The Beauty of Living Twice, which explores her life as an actress, the star revealed that she was told to take off her “panties” while filming the scene because they were “reflecting the light” but was reassured that nobody could see “anything”. She would later discover that this wasn’t the case, and as she put in a former interview, people could "see all the way to Nebraska".

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

In a new extract from her book, which has been published by Vanity Fair, the 63-year-old wrote: “It was me and my parts up there. I had decisions to make. I went to the projection booth, slapped [director] Paul [Verhoeven] across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer.

“After the screening, I let Paul know of the options Marty had laid out for me. 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?”

The actress, who also starred in the likes of Total Recall, Casino and Catwoman, wrote extensively about her life in Hollywood and touched on the stresses she felt as a woman, revealing she experienced pressure from directors to sleep with her male co-stars so there would be better “onscreen chemistry”.

Basic Instinct director, Paul Vaerhoeven, has reportedly denied her claims.

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