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Sharon Stone Says She Was Tricked Into Removing Underwear For Basic Instinct Scene

Sharon Stone Says She Was Tricked Into Removing Underwear For Basic Instinct Scene

The actor claims she was told it was just to prevent her underwear from 'reflecting in the light'

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Sharon Stone claims she was tricked into removing her underwear for a Basic Instinct scene.

The actor revealed she was assured her vagina would not be visible in the final edit and that she was asked to remove her underwear so that the white didn't reflect in the lighting.

Director Paul Verhoeven has denied misleading Stone.

In an extract from her upcoming memoir The Beauty Of Living Twice, which was obtained by Vanity Fair, Stone said she didn't know what had happened until she actually saw a cut of the movie.

Recalling the moment she watched the scene in a viewing room, surrounded by 'agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project', Stone said she was disgusted.

The 62-year-old wrote: "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'.

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"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***. It was me and my parts up there."

Following the viewing, Stone says she slapped Paul Verhoeven and called her lawyer Marty Singer.

She explained: "I went to the projection booth, slapped Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer.

"Marty told me that they could not release this film as it was...And, Marty said, per the Screen Actors Guild, my union, it wasn't legal to shoot up my dress in this fashion.

"'Whew,' I thought. Well, that was my first thought. Then I thought some more. 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.

"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."


She added: "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?

"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."

Speaking back in 2017, Verhoeven, 82, denied Sharon's allegations.

He said: "Sharon is lying.

"Any actress knows what she's going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera."

However, despite being approached, Verhoeven declined to comment on the Vanity Fair article.

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Topics: Entertainment, Actor, US Entertainment