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August 09, 2017 at 11:04 PM EDT

Basic Instinct

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
127 minutes
performer
Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Wayne Knight, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jeanne Tripplehorn
director
Paul Verhoeven
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Joe Eszterhas
genre
Mystery and Thriller

Sharon Stone took a trip down memory lane Wednesday and tweeted a dazzling clip of her audition for Basic Instinct, the 1992 thriller that made her a star.

Running lines in the video with director Paul Verhoeven (standing in for leading man Michael Douglas), Stone taunts, teases, flirts, and fascinates as the enigmatic writer and murder suspect Catherine Tramell.

Despite the film’s controversial mix of sex and violence — or perhaps because of it — Basic Instinct would go on to captivate audiences and become one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.

Looking back on her role a few years ago, Stone recalled that she got the part shortly after experiencing a breakthrough in acting class.

“It was not an easy part to get,” she said. “They offered it to 12 or 13 other women who turned it down. So it wasn’t like I got there and everyone was like, ‘Yay, she’s here!’ It was like, ‘Mm.’ But I knew walking on that set that I was enough.”

Watch Stone’s audition above.

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