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March 18th, 2006

Basic Instinct 2

Sharon Stone talks to Femalefirst

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It's been 14 years since the original 'Basic Instinct' caused a sensation around the world. 1992 was the year that Sharon Stone opened her legs, we opened our hearts and our wallets and an icon was created.

The sexiest screen siren since Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, she sent pulses racing. Sharon shook the sexuality of millions of teenage boys and made grown men think they really could hit on a hot blonde and actually get somewhere - even if she is a bit mentally unstable.

A star was born... but appeared to have peaked too soon.

Despite an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe for her role in 'Casino', her success at the box-office faltered. Films like erotic thriller 'Sliver', comic book bomb 'Catwoman', 'The Mighty' and 'The Muse' failed to make tills ring in the way 'Basic Instinct' did but that was the least of Sharon's problems. She suffered a brain aneurysm and had to spent time in hospital in 2001, and three years later, her marriage to media mogul Phil Bronstein ended.

However, despite the knocks, Sharon has never stopped getting up, dusting herself down and moving forward.

Not only is the former McDonald's worker the proud mother of two adopted sons, Sharon is also an ardent gay rights activist, has kissed a fan to raise $50,000 for charity, and even made a teenage ballet star's dreams come true by giving her $75,000 for tuition fees.

Sharon, a one-time 'Miss Crawford County' winner, may be a diva but she is not selfish. It's now 2006 and the actress is well and truly back at the top of the Hollywood pile. She's now 48 and proud of it, taking her clothes off at every available opportunity - to the delight of male cinema goers around the world.

'Basic Instinct 2' is harder, sexier, more risky and as a result only just escaped the dreaded NC-17 rating in the US. The film's director, Michael Caton-Jones did try to cut back on some of the more hardcore sex scenes but remains unapologetic, saying: "Sharon's character is a sexy, complicated woman".

You're back in Britain again.

I'm so happy to be here because I love it so much. We shot the film here and I have fallen in love with the place. It's not exactly beach weather right now but I'm so happy to come back. I get to meet up with friends and eat in all the great restaurants that I love so much. I'm having a great time.

Is there any chance you would move over here permanently then?

Sadly no. I can't live here permanently because I'd kill myself in Harvey Nichols. I love that store. I swear I'd be broke in a week. I'm not joking.

Do you remember being in the UK promoting the first film? And can you believe that was 14 years ago?

I know. It's scary isn't it? I think that I was so nervous at the time that it was like a blacked out blur. I'm actually feeling like I'm here this time - enjoying the moment. So experiencing this film, from the start of shooting last summer to the premiere, is so much better for me.

This film starts off with a rather shocking scene featuring you and Stan Collymore. It's his first time acting. He used to be a footballer here in the UK.

I know. I've done a lot of stunts in movies and I have never done anything that was as difficult or demanding as this sequence. It was physically very difficult to be underwater for so long and it's also really daunting to have that drowning effect over and over again, it's psychologically very oppressive. Working with Stan was extraordinary. He is the loveliest, most chivalrous, most charming and most professional person. Because of that, when we had to film that scene, I felt really confident that we would get out of it... We were each other's life support to make that scene work and to survive what was a really dangerous stunt. There's no one I would have felt safer with than Stan.

You look amazing by the way.

Thank you.

How do you do it? You're 48 and don't look it.

I don't have a strict regime or anything like that. I just try and integrate things into my daily routine. I do some sit ups, some push ups, take the stairs instead of the elevator, carry stuff. It's all quite basic. It's like you choose to do these little things like parking further from the doors when you go to the store. Little things. I don't take escalators either - unless I'm late.

You should make a fitness video.

People say that to me a lot but I don't know.

Do you feel sexy?

Put it this way, it's so different in Europe where you have only to walk down the street to remember you are a woman. In America, we tend to erase women after 40. That's a shame because it's a period when women become their most interesting. They are sexual in a different and alluring way. This film expresses that sexual allure in an unabashed and provocative way - in a way that is gritty and dangerous and quite presumptive.

Talking of sexy, you don't leave anything to the imagination in Basic Instinct 2.

I wanted a lot of sex in the sequel. I was coming from a really kinky place. I wanted more nudity. When I saw a rough cut of the film they had taken a lot of stuff out.

You don't sound happy about that.

I asked them, 'Where's all the crazy stuff I did? What are we toning it down for?' So we took some other things out of the film and a lot of the kinky stuff and sex went back in. when people go to see it they'll know what I mean.

The sex scenes are quite full on.

I felt the nude scenes should have a disturbing quality that is provocative but also bizarrely threatening and weird. I thought it would be intriguing to do it in a way that is just quite brazen.

So it's quite a personal thing.

Yes. I think for me as a woman, as we become more mature our sexuality becomes more full and more true. I hope that I brought that through. I tried to make it more full, and my character, Catherine, deeper and more layered.

And you get to seduce a younger man this time round

David Morrisey, who plays my psychiatrist, is not that much younger than me. Come on! Plus, I think it's nice to have a little bit of variety in films. And at my age, they'd have to hire my grandfather if I was going to keep up the balance that you see in Hollywood these days.

You've been linked to a string of younger men in your private life. Do you like toy boys?

I like guys that are kind and friendly... but I like old-fashioned guys with good manners too. I like that they stand up when you come into the room. I like it when they pay. I enjoying dating - it's fun. I do tell the younger ones, 'I could be your Mum.' And they say, 'But you're not.' Women my age, we want to have sex and are happy to say, 'I want to have sex'."

Michael Douglas isn't in the sequel. What happened to his character?

He died.

Is this the last time we'll see you strip off in front of the camera?

I don't know. I guess it would depend on the movie and what it was about. Whether it was appropriate and all that. Never say never.

When your children grow up, how will you feel about them seeing this film?

Well when my kids grow up they can see whatever they want to, but right now it's not rated for them.

Just in case I stand a chance... is there a man in your life?

There are two.

Really?

Yeah, and they're under 3ft tall. They're my sons - Roan and Laird.

You light up when you talk about being a mother.

I couldn't imagine that life could get better after having the experience of being a mother to Roan. But the only thing better than one is two. Laird coming into my life has been the best time of my life. I've had more support, love and kindness than I've had at any other time. I can do it, and it shows a single woman can do it all. Adoption is God's other birth canal.

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