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Sharon Stone says she is powerless to stop the release of ‘Basic Instinct XXX Cut’

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Actor Sharon Stone has revealed that she is powerless to stop the release of a restored 4K version of the 1992 film Basic Instinct.

Director Paul Verhoeven has overseen a restoration of the movie and will release it to mark the 30th anniversary. Despite the obvious issues that surround the film, Verhoeven has confirmed that “bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas” will be included.

Basic Instinct, of course, is now infamous in the world of Hollywood because of the uncomfortable truth surrounded one scene. That one specific scene within the film, a move that made it and Stone infamous, is of course the interrogation scene in which the actor swaps her legs and reveals her vagina. The scene shocked audiences worldwide, but not as much as it did Stone herself.

In her recent memoir, she recalled watching the completed film back for the first time: “After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it. Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project,” she wrote. “That was how I saw my vagina shot for the first time, long after I’d been told, ‘We can’t see anything — I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.’”

Of course, it goes without saying that the issues surrounding consent in Hollywood stretch far wider than one scene. But for Stone, it was a theft of her privacy. After the incident, Stone claims to have confronted Verhoeven after the screening, as she explained in her book: “I went to the projection booth, slapped Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer. Marty told me that they could not release this film as it was. That I could get an injunction. First, at that time, this would give the film an X rating. Remember, this was 1992, not now, when we see erect penises on Netflix.”

Now though, the actor must relive the nightmare as it was confirmed that UK distributor StudioCanal will release the restored version. “They’ve decided to release the director’s triple-X cut for the 30th anniversary,” Stone said in an interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw.

Grimshaw then asked if Stone had any opportunity to stop the release of the controversial project, to which she replied: “There are new [Screen Actors Guild] rules about that have been made and created, but they were made after I, as a young lady, made this film, and so they don’t apply to me.”

StudioCanal will release the Basic Instinct 4K restoration in the United Kingdom on June 17th.

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