Sharon Stone Recreates That NSFW 'Basic Instinct' Scene in New Photos While Reclaiming Her Power

Sharon Stone is nothing if not unapologetic and her latest InStyle cover story proves that, decades into her career, the star is as brazen as ever. Stone, 65, is the face of InStyle’s Confidence Issue and in it reflects on the wild ride that is her acting career and her refusal to be derailed by the negative opinions of others.

The 1992 film made Stone a household name after what had been, until that point, a challenging rise to fame. But that fame came at a price after the movie spurred on protests over the unfiltered sexual content and violence. More specifically the now-infamous scene that showed Stone crossing and uncrossing her legs while wearing a skirt and no underwear generated enormous backlash.

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As InStyle notes, National Organization for Women issued a statement, calling it one of the “most misogynistic films in recent memory.” Stone notes that the mistreatment she experience was enough to push anyone over the edge, but she stayed strong.

“I think that I lived is more than many of my predecessors did, and that really pissed off a lot of people,” she tells InStyle. “We’re supposed to go crazy or we’re supposed to be drug addicts, but surprise, motherf–kers.”

In the cover story, Stone poses with her bare legs shown underneath a white coat, not similar to the one she’s wearing in that controversial scene. Her knees are knocked together as Stone pushes out the shame and criticism that was thrust on her back in the 90s.

Sharon Stone for InStyle
Sharon Stone for InStyle

Stone was paid just  $500,000 for Basic Instinct, which InStyle reports made more than $350 million at the global box office. Michael Douglas, Stone’s co-star, reportedly made $14 million.

The actress-turned-artist also revealed earlier this year that the negative reactions to the film followed her into her 2008 custody battle with her ex-husband during which briefly lost custody of her son.

“I lost custody of my child,” Stone, 64, said on an episode of the Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi podcast. “When the judge asked my child — my tiny little boy, ‘Do you know your mother makes sex movies?’ This kind of abuse by the system, that it was considered what kind of parent I was because I made that movie.”

“People are walking around with no clothes on at all on regular TV now,” she added. “And you saw maybe like a sixteenth of a second of possible nudity of me — and I lost custody of my child.”

Stone tells InStyle that she is focused on her art now, where the boundaries of her expression are not policed nearly as much as they were in film. She is not focused on making millions and she’s definitely not focused on making other people happy. “I will continue to make a life,” she says of her art now. “I do have something to say.”

InStyle’s new digital issue is available now here

Before you go, click here to see which other stars got naked on camera. 

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