Sharon Stone

What’s an an aging sex symbol struggling to make a comeback to do? If you’re Sharon Stone, you reprise the sexually explicit role that made you famous 14 years ago, and celebrate your 48th birthday in… Israel? Rather than embrace the campiness of Basic Instinct 2, Stone is making a joke of herself by dropping wacky comments to anyone who’ll listen. In a 531-word red-carpet interview/lecture about her humanitarian work at the film’s premiere, she said, ”I taught a master acting class [in Israel], where people wanted to understand true acting.” Her reason for wanting to appear in the sequel was even more confounding: ”This was a beautiful, interesting script. It’s all about the script.” Or maybe the reported $14 million paycheck…

(Additional reporting by Eric Kohn)