When Sharon Stone set the screen on fire in steamy thriller Basic Instinct, viewers simply couldn’t tear their eyes away. But nowadays, the film is most remembered for its interrogation scene: where Stone uncrosses her legs to reveal that she isn’t wearing any underwear. Yet crucially both the movie’s director and the actress still dispute what went on in relation to the shoot. What we do know, however, is that afterwards she supposedly struck the director in the face.
In the scene, Stone’s character, novelist Catherine Tramell, is being questioned by a bunch of cops. And as the men leer at the cool, sexy Stone, tension drips from the walls. Suddenly, the protagonist startles both them and cinema goers with a flash of her bare nethers. And in doing so, she creates a moment that people would talk about for the rest of Stone’s working life.