Most actresses who are approaching their 56th birthday would probably shy away from a sexually adventurous role that involved revealing lingerie, hiring a male prostitute, and engaging an a ménage à trois with another woman. But then again, most actresses aren't Sharon Stone.
In the upcoming film "Fading Gigolo," Stone plays Dr. Parker, a successful dermatologist who is looking for a different way to encounter some skin. Stone calls her character "a flower which hasn't bloomed... a bud, a very tightly closed bud." But when Parker lets her client Murray (played by Woody Allen) know she's looking to broaden her horizons, he suggests his pal Fioravante (John Turturro, who also writes and directs) could help her out for the right price.
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Stone, of course, is not known for playing sexually repressed characters. She became a household name 22 years ago in the notorious "Basic Instinct," which lead to a series of uninhibited leading roles. But Stone says she relishes her new role because her character is experiencing new passions for the first time.
Stone says Dr. Parker gets introduced to "feelings of attraction, feelings of jealousy, feelings of wonder, feelings of hopefulness, that delicious feeling of 'ooh I might know how to get to be sexy.'" And, she says, the fact that this new awareness comes later in life makes it all the more appealing. Stone says, "It’s all delightful because she's fifty, not twenty, and it’s so touching to see that at any age we can discover ourselves anew."
A major part of Dr. Parker's awakened sense of adventure is the prospect of bringing her friend Selima, played by Sofia Vergara, in on the fun. Vergara describes Selima as "a little cuckoo.. she's not afraid of screaming, crying, saying and doing whatever she wants."
But there's another woman in Fioravante's world who he finds himself drawn to for reasons other than money. Vanessa Paradis plays Avigal, the widow of a Hassidic rabbi who has no experience with real intimacy. Paradis, the French singer/actress who was formerly attached to Johnny Depp, makes her English-language debut here. Turturro says that while her background couldn't be further from that of her character, Paradis connected with the role in a very personal way: "Sometimes a role just resonates with somebody, because of whatever they’re going through, or their age, or anything at all, and you can't separate the performance from the reality."
"Fading Gigolo" opens in limited release on April 18.