Sharon Stone says she was misled to film infamous ‘Basic Instinct’ scene

Sharon Stone is sharing details about that revealing up-dress scene in “Basic Instinct” in her new memoir. 

In an excerpt of her upcoming “The Beauty of Living Twice” released to Vanity Fair published Thursday. Stone uncovers how while filming a scene in 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” in which her character Catherine Tramell uncrosses her legs revealing up her dress, she was directed to remove her underwear. However, she was also told her private area would not be seen. 

” ‘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’,” Stone said.

The Oscar-nominated actress said she was called in to watch the final cut with a “room full of agents and lawyers,” and after it was over she said things got physicalwith director Paul Verhoeven. 

“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,” she said.

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Sharon Stone poses during the nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 11, 2017. Stone has written a memoir her publisher is calling both candid and comprehensive. Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that Stone's "The Beauty of Living Twice" will be released in March. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She said her lawyer Marty Singer told her she could file an injunction to get the film an X-rating or get the Screen Actors Guild to deem the film’s release as illegal. She returned to the director.  

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

USA TODAY reached out to Stone and Verhoeven for comment. 

While she said she was initially offended, Stone insisted she still had choices and chose to allow the scene. 

“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,” she said.

Stone wrote that though the industry’s reaction to the film was not positive, the public praised it. 

“Think about it. It’s about more than just a peek up my skirt, people. Wake up. Women championed that movie; men were obsessed with a woman who could make it stop. She was their favorite,” she wrote. 

“For I was not the chosen one, not the golden gal, just the sex symbol who could sometimes get the key part if she also happened to be sexy.”

Stone’s memoir is setto be released March 30.

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