Sharon Stone, star of the most famous leg-crossing scene in cinema history, was in a reminiscent mood on Wednesday night when she decided to tweet a clip of her audition video for “Basic Instinct”.
The 1992 erotic thriller catapulted the actress into stardom, and her audition clip demonstrates exactly why Stone was perfect for the part. Running lines with director Paul Verhoeven, standing in for lead actor Michael Douglas, she instantly brings life to the character of Catherine Tramell, the movie’s iconic femme fatale.
Stone pretends to smoke a cigarette, sips from her drink, and coolly flirts and teases. She has a captivating presence, and it’s immediately apparent that Stone was born to play the role.
Although the film received a mixed critical response upon release – criticized for its lurid plot – “Basic Instinct” would go on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, grossing $352 million worldwide.
In a 2014 interview for “Oprah’s Master Class”, Stone talked about landing the role, recalling “It was not an easy part to get.”
“They offered it to 12 or 13 other women who turned it down,” she continued. “So it wasn’t like I got there and everyone was like, ‘Yay, she’s here!’ It was like, ‘Mm.’ But I knew walking on that set that I was enough.”
Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance and reprised the role in a 2006 sequel.
Watch the audition clip above.