It became the movie that made her a star, and 25 years later, Sharon Stone is sharing the most epic throwback clip of her audition tape from “Basic Instinct,” proving that she was destined to play the sultry murderess, and you have to see the clip to believe it.
Released in 1992 with no shortage of backlash and controversy thanks to its graphic violent and sexual nature, “Basic Instinct” has gone on to become a cult classic, thanks in large part to Stone’s portrayal of Catherine Tramell, a sexy, sphinxlike writer that becomes caught up in a web of lies and murder.
It went on to become Stone’s most legendary role and made major box office bank, taking in a cool $353 million and inspiring an entire genre of erotic thrillers like “Showgirls” and “Lolita.”
In the minute-long clip, which Stone shared to her Twitter account with the hashtag #WayBackWednesday, the young actress is seen running lines with director Paul Verhoeven, who acts as a stand-in for Michael Douglas.
It’s clear within seconds that Stone effortlessly oozed the charisma and mystery needed to play Catherine, even though she says she wasn’t the first choice for the now-iconic role.
In an interview three years ago, Stone admitted she wasn’t the first choice for the role, revealing: “It wasn't an easy part to get. They offered it to 12 or 13 other women who turned it down. So it wasn't like I got there and everyone was like, 'Yay! She's here!' But I knew, walking on that set, that I was enough."
Check out Stone’s audition tape below.
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