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Halle Berry yabba-dabba-does love her Flintstones character: 'Miss Stone is still the blueprint'

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Nearly three decades after The Flintstones hit theaters, Halle Berry's love for her iconic character from the live-action adaptation of the Hanna Barbera cartoon is still stronger than bedrock.

On Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actress looked back on making the movie, in which she played Sharon Stone, the leopard-print-clad secretary to Kyle MacLachlan's evil Cliff Vandercave.

"Everyone said, 'oh why would you want to do a movie based on a cartoon?'" Berry, 55, tweeted alongside a clip of herself in the film. "To see 28 years later, that this character has become so beloved and has resonated with so many of you is so gratifying. draped in brown, but Miss Stone is still the blueprint."

She later responded to a comment from comedian Kalen Allen, who jokingly said Stone was "dead wrong for seducing Fred [Flintstone]" throughout the film, despite the John Goodman character's marriage to Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins).

Halle Berry in 'The Flintstones'
Halle Berry in 'The Flintstones'

Moviestore/Shutterstock Halle Berry in 'The Flintstones'

"OK, Wilma did kind of get Miss Stone together," Berry replied, attaching a clip of the scene in which Wilma comically shades Stone upon first meeting her.

"I've heard so much about you," Stone says to Wilma, who replies, "Well, I wish that I could say the same."

Berry and her Flintstones costars — who also included Rosie O'Donnell, Rick Moranis, and Elizabeth Taylor — received overwhelmingly negative reviews when the movie debuted, with The New York Times and The Washington Post naming it one of the worst pictures of 1994.

Despite the critical bashing, the film went on to gross $342 million at the worldwide box office, and Berry's Miss Stone later amassed a cult following on social media.

As EW reported close to the film's release, Berry was the only prominent cast member who didn't receive a doll made in her likeness as a merchandise tie-in as part of the $50 million marketing campaign.

"I don't think they intentionally slighted me," Berry told EW at the time. "It's not something that most people think about if you're not Black." Director Brian Levant later said the omission was likely due to her character's sex-symbol status rather than the race of Berry, who remains the only Black woman to have won Best Actress in Oscars history.

"As I understand it," Levant told EW in a 1994 interview, "you usually have the bad guys and the good guys, so the kids can hold them in each hand and fight. What would you do with a Halle Berry doll?"

Hear more on all of today's must-see picks on EW's What to Watch podcast, hosted by Gerrad Hall.

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