Back to Basics; Bond Age! Kinky Sex! Lesbianism! Threesomes! Yes, Sharon Stone Is Back and Panting in Basic Instinct 2

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Back to Basics; Bond Age! Kinky Sex! Lesbianism! Threesomes! Yes, Sharon Stone Is Back and Panting in Basic Instinct 2


Byline: By LOUISA PILBEAM

It was the scene that made her a star. But Sharon Stone has always insisted that she was tricked by director Paul Verhoeven into showing more than she bargained for in her famous leg-crossing scene in sex thriller Basic Instinct. So it's rather ironic that when she saw an early cut of Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, Sharon insisted on even more sex and nudity - not less.

"When I saw the rough cut of the film, they had taken a lot of stuff out," says Sharon, 48. "I asked, 'Where's all the crazy stuff I did? What are we toning it down for? Let's go crazy!'

"So we took out some things and a lot of the kinky stuff and sex went back in. I wanted a lot of sex in the sequel, and I wanted more nudity. I was coming from a really kinky place."

The new film, which is released today, comes 14 years after the original and co-stars British actor David Morrissey. It sees Sharon reprise her role as bisexual serial killer Catherine Tramell who, this time around, brings her murderous ways to London.

There, she becomes involved with Dr Michael Glass (Morrissey), a criminal psychiatrist who is called in to profile her following the mysterious death of a sports star. Lesbian threesomes, bondage and a full-frontal nude scene are just some of the sexy shots that Sharon made sure were in the film. And the movie shocks right from the opening credits which feature Sharon having sex in a sports car with former England and Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore.

Given her campaign to get extra kinky sex into the sequel, it is all the more surprising that Sharon was so horrified when she first saw her leg-crossing scene in the first Basic Instinct. The actress said at the time that she had no idea such an intimate sight would be visible in the interrogation scene with Michael Douglas which caused such a fuss in the 1992 movie.

"I knew that we were going to do this leg-crossing thing and I knew that we were going to allude to the concept that I was nude," she says. "But I did not think that you would see my vagina in the scene."

Sharon says Verhoeven tricked her by telling her the knickers she was wearing were visible through her dress and asked her take them off. What he didn't tell her was that he had a camera focused between her legs. Stone was so angry she jumped up and slapped him across the face.

"Later, when I saw it in the screening, I was shocked," she admits. "I think seeing it in a room full of strangers was so disrespectful to me and so shocking. I went into the booth, slapped Verhoeven and left. He never took a moment to imagine that I might not think it was a good idea. So I lost a lot of respect for him."

But Stone insists her role as killer Catherine Tramell became iconic because she performed the part well, not because she flashed her genitals.

"I don't think that it moved my career because you could see up my dress," she says. "I think that it moved my career because I'm good in the movie." Brainy Sharon - she has an IQ of 154 - got paid pounds 8m for her role in the sequel, a long way from the pounds 400,000 she got for the original. But, despite the amount of flesh on show, Sharon insisted that her body wouldn't be digitally enhanced.

"I would only do it as just me, natural," she says. "I would never have plastic surgery and I don't want to be digitally altered. It will be just me, as I am, or not at all, because there's nothing wrong with that."

Having appeared nude on screen at the age of 48, Sharon's youthful appearance, stunning figure and sexy style have attracted huge attention.

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