During a recent interview, Hollywood icon Sharon Stone — who was discussing her recent Saturday Night Live appearance with Sam Smith — name-checked the legendary likes of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as two of the only “non-misogynistic” co-stars she’s ever had.
Stone, who worked with the pair on the 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino, said that while other actors would patronize her by telling her how to do her job, De Niro and Pesci were the opposite.
“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,” Stone told Variety.
“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… 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. But listening, being present for those fractured moments, is really the human experience.”
Casino — which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress — was just one of many films that Stone starred in during her rise to superstardom in the 1990s, as she also featured in Total Recall (alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Basic Instinct (alongside Michael Douglas), which resulted in her becoming a sex symbol.
In addition to those three films, which are undoubtedly the most notable of her career, Stone has also starred in projects such as The Quick and the Dead, Gloria, Antzm Catwoman, Alpha Dog, and The Disaster Artist. She’s also published a book, the 2021 memoir The Beauty of Living Twice.
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