March 29, 2006 — -- Expect to see a lot of Sharon Stone -- and not just because she's on a publicity blitz to promote "Basic Instinct 2." Reprising the role of ice pick-wielding seductress Catherine Tramell simply requires a lot of nudity, she says.
It took 14 years for the sequel of the steamy thriller to reach theaters, and the first cuts were so steamy, they nearly garnered an NC-17 rating. While some of the spicier moments have been cut out, Stone, now 48, says the performance has to be sexy if she's to stay true to her character.
"It's like 'The Quick and the Dead," she says. "I was a gunslinger [in that film] and guns were [that character's] weapon. In 'Basic Instinct' 1 and 2, nudity and sex is the weapon. She's kind of like a sex-slinger and that's clear.
"It's clear in the writing. It's clear in the character. It's clear in the breakdown."
It wasn't so clear back in 1992, when she filmed that infamous interrogation scene, driving co-star Michael Douglas crazy with her short dress, suggestive leg-crossing and apparent lack of underwear.
Stone still claims director Paul Verhoeven misled her, and it took many years for her to come to peace with all the extra exposure.
As Stone recalls it, Verhoeven asked her to remove her underwear, and assured her that shadows would prevent the camera from showing too much.
"The scene was supposed to have the illusion that I did not have on underwear," she says. "I had on a white thong and he said that light was reflecting."
While reluctant to do so, Stone says the director showed her shots from the video monitor so she could see that she wasn't overexposed. Still, the final results were not what she expected.
"When I went to the theater and saw the film, you could clearly see I was naked," she says. "I was surprised because I was misled about what was going to happen."
"Basic Instinct" nevertheless turned Stone into a major star, and she subsequently earned an Oscar nomination for her turn in "Casino." But the ensuing years hardly turned out as she expected, with a string of disastrous projects, punctuated by such duds as "Sliver," "Sphere," and "Catwoman."