Paris gets excited for 'Basic Instinct 2' premier

21st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 20, 2006 (AFP) - Cinema fans here are set to be queueing round the block next week for the highly anticipated world premier of 'Basic Instinct 2' in which Sharon Stone once again stars as a sexy but psychotic crime writer.

PARIS, March 20, 2006 (AFP) - Cinema fans here are set to be queueing round the block next week for the highly anticipated world premier of 'Basic Instinct 2' in which Sharon Stone once again stars as a sexy but psychotic crime writer.

Almost 15 years since Stone sealed her Hollywood sex symbol status with the most memorable leg-crossing scene in cinema history in the first 'Basic Instinct', she's back.

And this time she goes all the way, revealing all as she slips off a robe trying to entice her latest prey, psychiatrist Michael Glass, played by David Morrissey, into the jacuzzi.

In the sequel, the action moves from the United States to London, and writer Catherine Tramell is again in trouble after a sex-charged, high-speed car ride ends in the Thames with the death of her passenger. Was it an accident or did she murder him?

Assigned a psychiatrist (Morrissey), Tramell again embarks on a cat-and-mouse game with the police, led by British actor David Thewlis, and people begin dying around her. But who is really the killer?

There are numerous tongue-in-cheek references to the 1992 'Basic Instinct': the ice pick used as a murder weapon in the first movie puts in a benign appearance, and Stone again straddles a chair but without revealing anything this time.

Stone, now 48, looks sexy and smart as she leads the characters around her, including Charlotte Rampling also playing a psychiatrist, on a merry, erotic dance.

Directed this time round by Michael Caton-Jones ('Shooting Dogs'), the film is markedly different from the first movie and has flashes of humour which Stone said attracted her to the script.

"I think this movie is hilarious. It's just so funny and strange," she said at a Paris press conference to publicise the film, which she characterised as "kinky, crazy, super-intelligent with a razor of humour and danger together."

The sequel has been a long time in the making, and Stone's co-star in the original film, Michael Douglas, turned down a role in the new movie. But Stone said she pressed the makers to get a move on, saying, "I thought it would be better to make it before I was 73."

Fifteen years on she admits her character is older but also more sophisticated, and more dangerously psychotic.

"This character is a very complex character, and also she is completely void of compassion. She is a character of observation and reflection," Stone said. "It is as alluring to me to play, as I hope it is to watch, and so it takes a certain discipline to play the character thoroughly."

Stone acknowledged that 'Basic Instinct' had changed her life, as she became an instantly recognisable star with the loss of all privacy. But fame had also bought her great gifts, she said, and led her to travel all around the world.

'Basic Instinct 2' opens in France on March 29, and in the United States on March 31.

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