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Sharon Stone claims her manager told her she was not ‘f**kable’ before Basic Instinct 

Sharon Stone has claimed that her manager told her she was not ‘f**kable’ just six weeks before she landed the lead in 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct.

Writing in her new autobiography, The Beauty of Living Twice, the actress, 63, admitted she was ‘shy and introverted’ at the start of her career.

Reflecting on the time in her memoir, which was released this week, Stone said that her Hollywood agent told her that she wouldn’t be hired as she wasn’t ‘sexy’.

Claims: Sharon Stone has claimed that her manager told her she was not ‘f**kable’ just six weeks before she landed the lead in 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct (pictured in 2019) 

Stone recalled in an excerpt obtained by Vanity Fair: ‘My manager at the time, had told me that no one would hire me because everyone said I wasn’t sexy. I wasn’t, as they liked to say in Hollywood at the time, “f**kable.”‘

‘I was still so shy and introverted. But Roy [London – her acting teacher] kept badgering me. Roy would ask me, “If you keep leaving your sexuality at the door, how do you expect to play anyone at all?” Six weeks later I was cast in Basic Instinct.’ 

Stone admitted that it ‘was not easy’ to land the lead role in Basic Instinct, which includes the famous moment where her character crosses and uncrosses her legs – to reveal she has no underwear on – in a room of police officers.

The actress claimed that her manager had to ‘break into the casting director’s office’ to get the script so they could read it as she knew ‘right away’ she wanted the part.

Leading role: Writing in her new autobiography, The Beauty of Living Twice, the actress, 63, admitted she was 'shy and introverted' at the start of her career (pictured during her infamous leg crossing scene in Basic Instinct)

Leading role: Writing in her new autobiography, The Beauty of Living Twice, the actress, 63, admitted she was ‘shy and introverted’ at the start of her career (pictured during her infamous leg crossing scene in Basic Instinct) 

And after months of ringing director Paul Verhoeven to get a screen test, her now co-star Michael Douglas eventually agreed after 12 actresses turned the role down. 

Stone penned: ‘Hey, I was a nobody compared to him, and this was such a risky movie.’

The actress also sweetly praised Michael, 76, who played Detective Nick Curran, and said that they are still friends to this day.

She wrote in her book: ‘He taught me so much. He has been such a profoundly important human rights activist, and I admire him so much. He isn’t afraid to play the villain; he’ll say, “It’s the best part—you can do whatever you want”.’ 

Looking back: Reflecting on the time in her memoir, which was released this week, Stone said that her Hollywood agent told her that she wouldn't be hired as she wasn't 'sexy' (pictured in 2020)

Looking back: Reflecting on the time in her memoir, which was released this week, Stone said that her Hollywood agent told her that she wouldn’t be hired as she wasn’t ‘sexy’ (pictured in 2020) 

Later in her autobiography, Stone described how she slapped director Verhoeven in fury and walked out of a preview of Basic Instinct after he told her ‘we can’t see anything’ while filming the infamous interrogation scene. 

Verhoeven has vehemently dismissed her claims that she was taken by surprise in the leg-crossing scene, saying: ‘Any actress knows what she’s going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera.’

Verhoeven, who said that as a Dutchman he didn’t turn a hair at ‘total nudity’, insists he’d already shown Stone the scene on a monitor, but she became embarrassed when the people around her warned it would ruin her career. 

However, she now describes it very differently. While she had expected to watch the film alone with Verhoeven, they were instead joined by a roomful of agents and lawyers, few of whom had anything to do with the film, she says.

Iconic film: Stone admitted that it 'was not easy' to land the lead role in Basic Instinct, which includes the famous moment where her character crosses and uncrosses her legs - to reveal she has no underwear on - in a room of officers (pictured with co-star Michael Douglas in still)

Iconic film: Stone admitted that it ‘was not easy’ to land the lead role in Basic Instinct, which includes the famous moment where her character crosses and uncrosses her legs – to reveal she has no underwear on – in a room of officers (pictured with co-star Michael Douglas in still) 

She continues: ‘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.”

‘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 bull****.’ 

She recalls she went outside and phoned her lawyer who said she could get an injunction as it wasn’t legal under Hollywood union rules to ‘shoot up my dress in this fashion’. 

He also said the film would probably require an X-rating, which would have hamstrung its box-office chances.

Reminding herself how hard she had fought to get the role, and acknowledging that she’d have left in the scene if she was director, she eventually did nothing.

According to Stone, the film — in which she plays a calculating killer and Douglas is the investigating homicide detective who becomes obsessed with her — revealed ‘the dark side of myself’. 

The actress’ interrogation scene where she crosses and uncrosses her legs has become one of the most iconic moments in film history.

It is even still talked about to this day and cemented Stone as a Hollywood sex symbol.

The Basic Instinct star’s candid memoir The Beauty of Living Twice, which hit shelves on Tuesday, is riddled with bombshells about the star’s life and career. 

The Beauty Of Living Twice: The Basic Instinct star's candid memoir The Beauty of Living Twice, which hit shelves on Tuesday, is riddled with bombshells about the star's life and career

The Beauty Of Living Twice: The Basic Instinct star’s candid memoir The Beauty of Living Twice, which hit shelves on Tuesday, is riddled with bombshells about the star’s life and career


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