In the now distant 1992, 31 years ago, the scene in which the beautiful Sharon Stone crossed her legs in front of detective Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct, showing the absence of underwear, remained in the collective memory, as one of the most hottest movie history.
The American actress, on the rise, gained enormous popularity with that film, but at the same time it became a cliché for her career, so much so that the image of Stone was associated with films with a high erotic charge, and was often judged more as a sex symbol than a performer.
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Prejudice for divorce
Just that scene, 12 years later, in 2004, caused her to lose custody of her son, who was four years old at the time. This was revealed by the actress herself who, in the podcast Table for Two, tells of a judge who asked Roan, her adopted son with her husband Phil Bronstein: «Did you know that your mother makes erotic films?», referring to that sequence, and judging her as a mother, for a role played in a movie.
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Just that year, in fact, when the two divorced, the judge entrusted the child to her ex-husband. A decision that caused the actress great pain. “She literally broke my heart,” she revealed on the podcast, considering that “maybe a sixteenth of a second of my possible nudity was seen … and I lost custody of my son.” The couple had adopted the baby, because the actress suffered several miscarriages due to an autoimmune disease and endometriosis, which is why she was unable to have biological children.
Tricked on set
But the respectable judgment of America at the time also infected the world of cinema, when nominated for a Golden Globe for the part of the mysterious writer Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, «a group of people in the room laughed … I felt so humiliated ». And to think that Sharon Stone has revealed that that scene was filmed without her knowledge. “I was told, ‘You can’t see anything. I just need you to take off your panties, as white reflects light.’
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