Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct
When killer crime novelist Catherine Tramell (Stone) is interrogated at police headquarters about her eerily real-life stories, she gives detectives a little show by crossing and uncrossing her legs. While Stone was nude in the film for several scenes, this revealing moment was probably the most … intimate.
Stone told Playboy that director Paul Verhoeven “persuaded” her to get nude for the scene, reassuring that nothing would be visible because of the reflected light back at the camera. Later on, Stone said she felt “manipulated and exploited” by revealing all. She also told the magazine that nude scenes are never truly comfortable for her in general, but with Basic Instinct there were other things that made her feel uneasy.
“I don’t go, like, ‘Oooh, I can’t wait to rip off my clothes and jump around in front of everybody.’ … And I was certainly not comfortable when I had to depict murdering someone — violently killing someone. I am infinitely less comfortable with the fact that the public is more concerned with whether or not I was nude or gay than whether or not I was a f*cking serial killer. Excuse me very much, but where are your priorities, people?”