Sharon Stone: I had pretty big shoes to fill with Elizabeth Talyor at amfAR


Sharon Stone says “some of the biggest stars in the business” have treated her poorly in the past — but never Robert De Niro or Joe Pesci.

Sharon Stone, 64, took a moment to share her thoughts with Variety on experiences with “stars” who she described as “so misogynistic.”

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest stars in the business, who will literally talk through my close-up, telling me what they think I should do,” she said. “They’re so misogynistic — now, that is not Robert De Niro. That is not Joe Pesci, that is not those guys.”

“But I have worked with some really big stars who will literally talk out loud through my close-up, telling me what to do,” the Basic Instinct star continued. “They just will not listen to me, and will not allow me to affect their performance with my performance. That’s not great acting.”

“I mean, I get that you’re great and everybody thinks you’re wonderful,” Stone added to the outlet. “But listening, being present for those fractured moments, is really the human experience.”

Stone most notably worked with De Niro and Pesci, both 79, on Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino, which follows the lives of each actor’s character in Las Vegas in the 1970s and ’80s.

he Oscar nominee added to Variety that she is “not the most popular actor in town, because people don’t want to hear my, as they say, f—— opinions.”

“Maybe because of my devotion, maybe because I’m just kind of a weirdo,” Stone told the outlet. “But I’m just in it to be present.”

In December, Stone told Deadline that she “didn’t work for eight years” after first taking over for late friend and then-amfAR chairwoman Elizabeth Taylor at the organization’s annual Cannes fundraising gala in 1995 amid the fight for HIV/AIDS research.

“I had pretty big shoes to fill with Elizabeth Talyor at amfAR,” Stone said at Saudia Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, adding that her publicist at the time told her: “If you do this, it will destroy your career.”

She recounted: “At the time you weren’t allowed to talk about AIDS. She got hives on her neck. I said, ‘I know, but I am going to do it, you’re gonna kill me.’ She replied, ‘And if you don’t, I am gonna kill you.’ ”

Stone was then asked to take over for Taylor throughout the next three years, during which she said she “had no idea of the resistance, cruelty, hate and oppression that we would face.”


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