Paul Verhoeven made movie news the week of June 27, 1997

Basic Instinct and Showgirls auteur Paul Verhoeven recently did his own striptease on the L.A. set of his new sci-fi flick, Starship Troopers, taking it all off in an effort to put male and female cast members about to film a group-shower scene at ease. ”There were about seven or eight actors, and they were all very nervous and awkward about it,” explains the director. ”So I took off all my clothes to make them feel more comfortable. I never ask actors to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. And it worked. Everyone was so amazed to see the director naked that they stopped being nervous. They even applauded me.”