cool blonde muses on Basic Instinct, bad decisions, and getting her
claws out for Catwoman
After playing a slew of mother types, it seems the Sharon Stone of yore is
prowling again as Halle Berrys nemesis in Catwoman. Is this your
way of announcing, Hey, yall, the bitch is back?
not allowed to say, but I can say that Im not Catwoman, Im not
the kitty. [laughs] Lets just say shes the kind of character people
like me to play.
since Basic Instincts Catherine Tramell, has been a woman bad
to the bone. I watched that nasty piece of work the other night and loved
it anew. But why do people still not give it any respect?
I think it really unnerves them. They need to say that I got so famous
because I crossed and uncrossed my legs because they cant face the fact
that my character was so empoweredthat she spoke man and
just said, You can kiss my ass! I mean, I got nominated for a
Golden Globe, and when they announced it, people laughed in the room. People
couldnt give it up for me. To
this day people cant let me have it. They cant take that I owned
that much male energy.
after years of toiling in trash like Police Academy 4, it made you
a star! Was there a moment when that really hit you?
when I was at my friends house on the French Riviera, and some guy helicoptered
in for lunch from, like, two blocks away. [laughs] Or when some foreign queen
sent me a birdcage full of exotic birds. Or when another fan sent me a Renoir
in the mail. Those are the up things; Im not gonna tell you the down
things, which are equal.
lots of prison proposals?
[laughs] And those are the good ones.
was Basic Instinct a blessing or a curse?
my best friend always says to me, Honey, its your gift curse.
But after Casino, that kind of little Pigpen cloud lifted. People understood
that Im not out to kill anybody and that I just wanted to play with
wonderful, poetic people, and try to be as good as they were.
why, my dear, after Casino, did you choose the jaw-droppingly campy
Diaboliquea film that includes lines to Isabelle Adjani like
keep prayingwear your knees out that way for a changeas
I thought the director was intriguing and I was gonna get to work with Isabelle,
whod done such great work in movies like Camille Claudel. But sometimes
people arent in that same head space as they had been in other times,
and when I finally looked at the situation, I thought, Im in Pittsburgh.
This is not gonna be Camille Claudel. I might as well be a drag queen.
then there was Last Dance, which seemed to be your bid for Susan Haywarddom.
wasnt, but I can watch Susan Hayward movies on a 24/7 loop. In I
Want to Live! when she paints her nails and gets in the gas chamber? How
fabulous is that?! God, I love her so much.
sense: She was a real movie star, and so are you. In fact, your
director for The Muse, Albert Brooks, said of you, Like Elizabeth
Taylor, her celebrity is almost her real profession.
I suppose there was a time when there was a ton of truth to thatwhen
I ran my celebrity like a businessbut those days are over. I had a marvelous
time doing all the great Sharon Stone things, and I love being
an actor, loved achieving in that world, but I dont really feel the
need now to stand in the line going pick me, pick me! anymore.
Sharon Stone was one of the things that I did, but I dont
think its the only thing that Im ever gonna do or the only thing
I ever want to do.
you are still doing her, answer this: What three things should
a movie star have?
unknown address, friends they knew before they were famous, and people who
love them enough to tell them theyre full of shit.
finally, my little sex bomb . . . why does sex sell?
Because its so very rarely free.
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