Sharon Stone is remembering how she took a chance on Leonardo DiCaprio when he was still a young, relatively unknown actor.
In her new book, The Beauty of Living Twice, the 63-year-old star reveals that she paid DiCaprio’s salary for “The Quick and the Dead” when he was just 21.
“This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition,” she wrote. “In my opinion he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene.”
Stone recalled how the studio asked her, “Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?”
She went on, “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did.”
Stone also fought to have Sam Raimi direct the movie, despite to studio dubbing him a “D-movie director.”
“Getting a producer credit as an actress is often thought of in my business as a ‘vanity deal,’ meaning they pay you for the job but shut the f*** up and stay out of the way,” she added.
“I won’t accept a vanity deal and let them know that upfront. This is illegal, I say, and I like to work within the law. That gets a lot of silence and not a lot of joy on the other end.”