is disputing Sharon Stone
's account of what happened behind the scenes of the cheesy "Basic Instinct
Stone wrote in her
"The Beauty of Living Twice" that a member of the 1992 film's production team told her to remove her underwear while filming the film's interrogation sequence because it was "reflecting the light." After being assured that the crew couldn't see anything, she was shocked to learn she'd been duped into baring all only upon viewing the finished film.
Verhoeven praised Stone's performance as Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct," which grossed a reported $352 million worldwide, in an interview
published Wednesday by Variety
Nonetheless, he claimed that his memory of filming the frontal nudity scene was "radically different" from the actor's, and he called her version "impossible."
“She knew exactly what we were doing,” said the director, whose credits include “Total Recall
” and “Showgirls.” “I told her it was based on a story of a woman I knew when I was a student who did the crossing of her legs without panties regularly at parties. When my friend told her we could see her vagina, she said, ‘Of course, that’s why I do it.’ Then Sharon and I decided to do a simil.”
Stone described a far more heated exchange in her book
“There have been many points of view on this topic, but since I am the one with the vagina in question, let me say: the other points of view are nonsense,” she wrote.
“It was just me and my parts up there, and I had decisions to make. I went to the projection booth, slapped [director] Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer. Marty told me that they couldn’t release the film as it was, and that I could get an injunction... Whew, I thought.”
Stone eventually agreed to include the scene because "it was right for the film and right for the character; and, after all, I did it."