Sharon Stone's upcoming memoir The Beauty of Living Twice sheds light on the famous interrogation scene in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct. In an excerpt of her book obtained by Vanity Fair, Stone claims she was tricked into removing her panties for the shot.
"After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it. Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project," Stone writes.
"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.'"
After slapping the director and talking with her lawyer, Stone discovered that the film in its current state broke Screen Actor Guild rules, and would be a rated X movie if released like that.
"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. That I could get an injunction. First, at that time, this would give the film an X rating. Remember, this was 1992, not now, when we see erect penises on Netflix. And, Marty said, per the Screen Actors Guild, my union, it wasn't legal to shoot up my dress in this fashion," she continued.
Stone goes on to explain in the book that after the initial shock and internal struggle, she chose to allow the scene because it fit the character.
"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." said Stone.
Stone also goes on to touch upon multiple sexual misconduct situations, including a director that wouldn't work with her after she refused to sit in his lap.
"Even with the worst directors, like the one who wouldn't direct me because I refused to sit in his lap to take direction. This #MeToo candidate called me in to work every day for weeks, when Laird was a brand-new baby, and had me go through the works—hair, makeup, and wardrobe—and then wouldn't shoot with me because I refused to sit in his lap and take direction," writes Stone.
Another producer told Stone she should have sex with her costar to improve their on screen chemistry.
"I had a producer bring me to his office, where he had malted milk balls in a little milk-carton-type container under his arm with the spout open. He walked back and forth in his office with the balls falling out of the spout and rolling all over the wood floor as he explained to me why I should fuck my costar so that we could have onscreen chemistry," she said.