Sharon Stone pitched studio executives a Barbie movie in the 1990s.
But the blonde beauty – who was very hot off her thriller Basic Instinct at the time – said she was laughed at.
The Casino actress recalled how film chiefs poured scorn on her idea for a film about the iconic toy doll.
Now she is grateful for the changes that have happened in Hollywood that led to Margot Robbie’s hugely successful blockbuster last year.
Commenting on an Instagram post showing Barbie star America Ferrera’s speech at the Critics Choice Awards last weekend, Sharon wrote: ‘I was laughed out (of) the studio when I came (with) the Barbie idea in the ’90s (with) the support of the head of Barbie.
Sharon Stone pitched studio executives a Barbie movie in the 1990s. But the blonde beauty – who was very hot off her thriller Basic Instinct at the time – said she was laughed at
The Casino actress recalled how film chiefs poured scorn on her idea for a film about the iconic toy doll. Now she is grateful for the changes that have happened in Hollywood that led to Margot Robbie’s hugely successful blockbuster last year
‘How far we’ve come. Thank you ladies for your courage and endurance,’ the Quick And The Dead actress added.
Sharon, 65, is not the only actress who has seen a Barbie movie fail to materialize.
Anne Hathaway had held initial talks with both Sony and Mattel about starring as the doll in a picture.
However, the Armageddon Time star thinks it is ‘lucky’ that her movie was shelved as Greta Gerwig’s film proved to be a smash hit when it was released last summer.
Speaking on the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, she said: ‘What’s so exciting about what Greta and Margot and that phenomenal team [did] is they hit a bullseye.
‘The bullseye caused the entire world to reach this level of ecstasy. Now imagine that version…that much energy, that much anticipation, that much emotion…but it’s not the right version. I actually think of it as a lucky thing [it didn’t get made].’
Commenting on an Instagram post showing Barbie star America Ferrera’s speech at the Critics Choice Awards last weekend, Sharon wrote: ‘I was laughed out (of) the studio when I came (with) the Barbie idea in the ’90s (with) the support of the head of Barbie
Joe Pesci and Stone with their arm around each other in a scene from the film Casino, 1995
Anne doubts that her movie could have lived up to the hype surrounding Margot and Greta’s project.
She said: ‘If I believed that the version I was attached to could have done that, I might feel differently about it, but I genuinely think their film was the best possible version.
‘It’s easy just to be thrilled and happy [for them]. I love watching women kill it. To do so well, so undeniably that they actually had to write new records…come on! I think it will probably make things better.’
Amy Schumer also hoped to star in a Barbie movie.
This comes after Stone said she already has an actress in mind to play her in a movie about her life.
The movie icon went from brainy and bullied student in Pennsylvania to bombshell movie star thanks to Basic Instinct then to stroke victim to survivor and now painter, she detailed in her tell-all book The Beauty of Living Twice.
The 65-year-old blonde bombshell was dressed in a Barbie pink blazer when she sat down with The Lady Gang Podcast to discuss the person who could fill the diva’s stilettos.
Stone said Margot Robbie, 33, was the perfect star.
‘I adore Margot Robbie so probably her,’ offered the actress. ‘She is so talented. After I saw her playing Tonya Harding I was like you’re it.’
The former Playboy cover girl also agreed that Robbie was ‘the greatest’ as she chatted with the two female hosts.
Stone wants Margot Robbie to play her in a movie, she told The Lady Gang podcast this week. Sharon, left, last year and Margot, right, in the Barbie movie
Robbie is at the height of her career at the moment after starring in this year’s summer blockbuster Barbie which, so far, has made $1.4B at the global box office.
The film, about how Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land, showed off not just Margot’s beauty but also her ability to switch between perfect and imperfect at the drop of a hat.
Stone has had quite the life.
In her 2021 book The Beauty Of Living Twice she revealed some hard truth bombs, like how her father used to hit her and how she had to face sexual assault.
The Sliver star also suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family and fortune.
In The Beauty Of Living Twice, Stone chronicled her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to health.
Stone talks about her pivotal roles, worst disappointments and reveals how she went from a ‘childhood of trauma and violence’ to a career in an industry that in many ways echoed those same assaults.
She described the strength and meaning she found in her three children, and in her humanitarian efforts, she said.
Stone said Robbie was the perfect star to portray her. ‘I adore Margot Robbie so probably her,’ offer the Casino actress. ‘She is so talented. After I saw her playing Tonya Harding I was like you’re it’
Stone attends the Women In Cinema Gala during the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023 on December 1, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, left, and Robbie at the Gotham Awards in NYC in Noember
The former model fought her way back to find not only her truth as well as her family’s reconciliation and love.
This comes after Stone said making Basic Instinct was a ‘scary journey.’
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The actress played murderous Catherine Tramell opposite Michael Douglas as a detective investigating her crimes in the 1992 erotic thriller – which featured her infamous crotch-flashing scene – and Sharon says the role forced her to confront some ‘dark parts’ of herself.
She told People: ‘I got to confront my whole self, and that’s a scary journey.
‘But once you do it, you walk away with a tremendous amount of confidence because you’ve had to look at all of yourself, parts of yourself you would never have to dig deep and look at, scary parts, dark parts, concerning parts.
‘And once you do that, you get quite a bit of confidence because you’ve really looked into the dark mirror.’
Sharon went on to insist she’s pleased the genre of 1990s-style erotic thrillers seems to be making a comeback, adding: ‘I think people like that. It’s fun and it’s exciting and they’re sexy. I mean, what’s wrong with that?’
The actress previously admitted the film totally changed her life over the course of a weekend following its release back in 1992 and she ended up being caught in a predicament when she was spotted out in Los Angeles days after the film’s opening.
In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicled her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health
During an appearance on CNN, she explained: ‘I did not know [that scene] would change the dynamic of my life forever…
‘I didn’t know that on Friday when that movie came out that I would basically be a nobody and on Tuesday I would go to get my eye glasses picked up on Sunset Plaza and I would come out and my little 325 BMW and I would stop at the stop light and everyone would climb all over my car. ‘And the light would turn green and cars would start beeping and I wouldn’t know is it legal to drive when people are all over the top of your car?’
When asked if her story was true, Sharon went on to confess she was worried about being jailed if any of the enthusiastic fans got hurt.
She added: ‘This is the real thing and I’m in my car on Sunset Boulevard and they’re all over the hood and they’re all over the windshield and people are blowing their horns and I’m thinking if I drive and they get hurt, do I get arrested?
‘Is it a crime when you drive and people are on your car? And I’m inside thinking do I drive? Not drive? What’s the law on people all over your car?… ‘
Sharon concluded by warning fans: ‘Don’t get on my car ‘cos I don’t know what to do.’
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