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Catwoman - Sharon Stone Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. In your character’s final speech there is a reference to the beauty industry discarding women once they reach the age of 40. You say in the production notes that you got the joke, but I wondered what your experience of the film industry has been? Is it the same?
A.
Actually that speech came from a conversation that Denise and I had one afternoon at work, where we were talking about what had happened when I so cavalierly started announcing that I was 40, and I think that they mis-heard that I had leprosy.
Suddenly, I didn’t work, so Denise said, ‘you know, I think that we should put that in the movie’. So she put it in the movie, in this very interesting way, where Laurel has to kill Lambert [laughs] and I felt a lot better about things after that.
I think there was certainly a lot of truth to that, at that time. Things have evolved because a lot of us have held the course of being proud of being 40, and being interesting, and having life to bring to film, and not being particularly interested in pretending to be 35. So, now, there has been an evolution, where you can be 45 and works in films, and say you’re 45 and have an interesting career.

Q. You’re very much role models for women all over the world, and this film is very much providing role models for young women, is that something that you’re aware of?
A.
[Pause, looking at each other] I certainly think that you are, I have to say. You’re a terrific step-mother and have shown that in so many beautiful ways; and you have made such enormous strides for women culturally, and you’ve made such great successes as an actress and philanthropist. I think you are an amazing role model.
Halle: Wow, I never expected that [whole room starts laughing]
Stone: But I think to be a role model, and this is probably true of both of us, is that you have to be willing to fail in public, and that it’s so important not how you fall, but how you get up. And I think that both of us have fallen, in public, and we’ve both gotten up in public. Neither of us have tried to pretend that we’re perfect in public. We both have crises in our lives, and we’ve both had successes in our lives. We’re both mothers, and we’re both mothers in non-traditional ways, and we both try to succeed in our craft as actresses in non-traditional ways. We don’t believe that we have to be actresses who can only play certain roles to show your talent.
I think that we both feel that you can be attractive and not use your beauty just as a shallow thing, but explore the fact that sometimes being beautiful means that you feel that you are so not beautiful, because you are being seen as a shell. And there’s so many ways that we have wanted to show women that you can be more, and so when you want to do that, very often the press wants to show how much less you are. And the constant needing to stand in the glare of that while people are trying to undress you and show that you are less. And so, I think a way to try to be a role model is to say that you may say what you want to say about who I am, but I will be able to stand the distance of the glare of that, and for me sometimes just standing there, while that happens, is enough.
Halle: Well said…

Q. How long did it take to do the cat-fight and did you hold anything back at all?
A.
I loved the way that Pitof chose to create the fight sequence, because instead of doing some kind of wire-on-wire effects scene, he made it like a bar brawl, which I thought was very interesting, because the two women are wild and primal beings. I found that much more interesting than some sort of hair-pulling contest, or some exaggerated scene. We had fantastic stunt doubles.

Q. What was working with Lambert Wilson like?
A.
He’s just the most delicious, gorgeous, smart, well-dressed, sexy, fabulous, tall, gorgeous, could we just… But you know, we loved just to be in a hundred movies together; it was a fantastic experience. It’s so telepathic. I’d come up with some weird/kinky idea and would look at him and he was like, ‘got it’. It really was so fun.

Q. You were quite low-profile in Hollywood for some time, but now you’ve come back, how did you do that and how has your attitude changed?
A.
One more thing and I’d be a country and western song. So, I’m back working, but I’ve actually been through so many things that it’s more a case, now, that I like work, but it’s not my life anymore. It’s just a part of my life.

Q. Are there any female baddies that inspired you for the role, such as Joan Crawford, perhaps?
A.
I didn’t really look at it like that, but I have to say I have always liked those movies. I like the old films and the way they depict those bad girls in those movies.

Q. You look terrific in the film? Did you have to work out much? And what do you think about plastic surgery?
A.
Well, when I first saw Halle in the catsuit, I went straight to the gym [laughs] and I worked out all the time that we were shooting. Once she took off the catsuit, I never worked out again. So I’ve got left-overs from the movie. I’m not big on plastic surgery for me, but I don’t fault it for someone who wants it for them. I think you have to do what makes you feel good in you, what works for you, but it’s not my thing.

Q. What was your favourite comic book character as a kid? And which comic book character would you still like to play, perhaps?
A.
I don’t collect comic books, but my son is crazy for them already. And I am going to direct a movie, but not a comic book…

Q. Can you say what it is?
A.
Not yet, but it’s in production and we’re writing the script for it.

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