TriStar Mom and Dad wouldn't let me watch it. I was years-old in '92, and in the prime of my "this looks like it has boobs, let's rent it! Basic Instinct was a sure thing. Starring the hottest woman I had ever seen, Sharon Stone, the movie was a shocker. Not only was Stone nude for half the movie, she took part in crazy sex scenes usually reserved for the "adults only" section of my local Hollywood Video.
I had to see it. And then see it again. Mom and Dad wouldn't let me watch, but I got to see it at a friend's house during a sleepover. That's how important it was. We centered a whole night around it. And let me tell you: Basic Instinct did not disappoint. Bet you didn't know that. Here's some more stuff about Basic Instinct you never knew: Sharon Stone was only offered the role of Catherine Tramell after 13 actresses had turned it down.
Eventually Verhoeven won out and Stone was cast. Wesley Snipes and Denzel Washington turned it down. Douglas would eventually win it. No body doubles were used in any of the sex scenes, but Douglas refused to go full-frontal.
He also refused to allow his character to be bisexual. Douglas and Stone wore flesh-colored genital pads during their sex scenes. The first major sex scene between Curran and Tramell took five days to film.
Verhoeven shot hours of footage thinking the MPAA would make him edit the scene to get a R-rating, which they did. The sex scenes were so choreographed Stone referred to herself and Douglas as "the horizontal Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the '90s. The famous leg-crossing scene was included in the movie without Stone's approval, according to the actress on Inside the Actors Studio. She claims when she saw it, she slapped Verhoeven across the face. Verhoeven claims Stone was told about the shot, and it was her agent who changed her mind afterwards.
Verhoeven was on record when he first signed to do the film as saying that he wanted to make Basic Instinct the first Hollywood mainstream film with an erect penis in it.
He didn't get his wish, but he did get a penis on screen—on Boz's cadaver when the police examine his body. Eszterhas has admitted his story has a major plot hole: Police had used DNA evidence since the mid-'80s, but there's no mention of it in the movie. Eszterhas originally wrote Nick Curran as a lesbian cop. He imagined Kathleen Turner in the role. The actors did not know they were being filmed. Basic Instinct is Tripplehorn's first feature film.
Been there, done that, I guess. Basic Instinct opened the Cannes Film Festival in Douglas, who raced cars in his younger years, did most of his own stunt driving in the film. Catherine's last name comes from Alan Trammell, the longtime star shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. Stone discovered that a "trammell" was also a Scottish death shroud and complimented Eszterhas on his subtlety with the choice, not believing the truth. Thanks to a script leak, gay and lesbian activists protested the filming in San Francisco constantly.
SFPD had to deploy 50 riot police to every location during the duration of the shoot.