Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas are remembering the erotic thriller “Basic Instinct,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary on March 20.
“This weekend is Basic Instinct’s 30th Anniversary,” Stone, 64, wrote Saturday on Instagram, giving thanks to co-star Douglas and director Paul Verhoeven “for all the great memories.”
Douglas followed suit on his own Instagram page Sunday.
“Wow! Today marks the 30th anniversary of the US release of #BasicInstinct!” Douglas, 77, wrote below a poster of the 1992 box office hit, passing back kudos to Stone, Verhoeven and co-star Jeanne Tripplehorn. “What a ride that one was and a little controversy along the way… Very fond memories!”
Yes, there was a little controversy around “Basic Instinct,” the fourth-highest grossing movie of 1992 that shot Stone to superstardom.
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Adding to the controversy over “Basic Instinct” at the time of release were the film’s graphic sex scenes. The Motion Picture Association of America wanted to give the film an “unusual and potentially financially crippling NC-17 rating (no moviegoers under 17 allowed),” The New York Times wrote at the time. The film’s distributor pressed the reluctant director Verhoeven to alter some scenes to win an R rating.
The Oscar-nominated actress Stone wrote in her 2021 memoir “The Beauty of Living Twice” about the most infamous, shocking “Basic Instinct” scene – the police interrogation scene. Stone wrote that she was told by Verhoeven that the scene where her Catherine Tramell uncrosses her legs, revealing up her dress, would not be fully revealing.
Stone wrote that she was called in to watch the film’s final cut with a “room full of agents and lawyers.”
“Now, here is the issue. It didn’t matter anymore. It was me and my parts up there. I had decisions to make,” Stone wrote. “I went to the projection booth, slapped Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer.”
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On Saturday, Stone laughed about the scene by posting a smiling photograph with friend Shelly Goldstein, who was wearing a Catherine Tramell interrogation scene T-shirt. “I have anniversaries,” Stone wrote. “Happy Basic Instinct World.”
“Talk about coolest of the cool! 30 yrs ago this week, my friend @sharonstone made film history by sitting in a chair!” Goldstein wrote on her own Instagram page next to the photo.
Stone also posted in her Stories a spoof of the scene performed by bearded, kilt-wearing Scottish actor Andy the Highlander.
Stone spoke to USA TODAY in 2021 about how “Basic Instinct” changed her life, a drastic realization that was apparent after the film’s Cannes Film Festival premiere. A friend had to help the overwhelmed Stone to her hotel room.
“I was on my knees, dry heaving. And he took me to his room, sat me on the side of the tub, ran some cold water, told me to put my feet in there and gave me a Valium,” said Stone. “He handled a lot of big stars in his time and he was like, ‘Look, from now on, life is going to change. You need Sharon-Stone-the-movie-star clothes, and then you need your clothes.’ You need to start separating out your life so that you have a sane existence. He actually told me to pay for anything under a $100with a check because people won’t cash the check. They’ll want your autograph. Which is something I didn’t do. But it was sound advice.”