Confession: I’ve never thought Sharon Stone was a good actress. Yes, she’s beautiful and she’s got a brilliant plastic surgeon, but throughout her career, whenever I watch one of her performances, I’m always like “Ugh, they should have recast this.” She got an Oscar nomination for her work in Casino, but riddle me this: wouldn’t ANY actress get an Oscar nom for that role? It was a well-written, meaty part and there were a dozen better actresses who could have nailed it. Anyway, I was thinking about my low opinion of Sharon’s acting skills when I read this story. Apparently, Sharon was hired for a low-budget film in Italy and now the Italian producers are publicly bashing her for diva behavior.
Sharon Stone’s Italian cinema debut hit theaters on Thursday — and the brothers behind the film are painting the American actress as a diva who was difficult to work with. The film, Golden Boy, comes from celebrated director Pupi Avati and his producer-brother Antonio Avati. Casting Stone for the low-budget film was a big win for the duo.
In Golden Boy, Riccardo Scamarcio plays Davide, a copywriter whose father Ettore was a B-movie screenwriter. After his father dies in a car accident, Davide leaves his job, city and girlfriend Silvia, played by Cristiana Capotondi. He moves to Rome and meets Ludovica (Stone), a sexy actress-turned-publisher who wanted to release his father’s autobiography. Davide decides to write the book himself, in an effort to get to know his father, and Ludovica, better. Stone’s character is dubbed in the domestic version of the film, which is the norm for Italian releases. Avati wrote the script with Stone in mind.
“The idea of having her in the role of an actress from the 90s who becomes a book editor was mine,” said the director at a press conference in Rome for the film. “I knew there are American actresses more capable then her, but I wanted a film icon. Everyday on the set I was telling her: ‘But do you realize that you are Sharon Stone because of that day when you crossed your legs?’”
Getting her to sign up for the film was another story.
“My brother asked me if I was crazy,” said the director. “Rai [Cinema] told me you will never ever get her. Then a correspondence started, enough to write a book, between her agents and our lawyers. It was a negotiation that bordered on ridiculousness, concerning embarrassing details, as if Italy was a third world country. By the way, we do have electricity in Italy,” he joked. “Then she arrived in Italy. And we went to pick her up in Florence with a train from Italo that we rented just for her,” he said referring to Italy’s luxury train line. “She was there to visit [Andrea] Bocelli. We had our first meeting with her: she was on the wrong railway track, sitting on her luggage and no one around recognized her.”
The producer claimed that as soon as she was spotted she transformed. “Then, step-by-step, she started to feel more and more like Sharon Stone,” he said. “On this rented train, everybody asked to take a picture with her. And when we arrived at the Tiburtina train station [in Rome] there were already about 30 photographers. We brought her to the most luxurious suite of the Hassler Hotel. The next day on set there were more than 200 paparazzi. There her ego definitively inflated. It is the classic pattern with these American actresses who are slightly declining.”
But it was the final scene that Pupi Avati says revealed the actress’ most diva-like behavior. “It was the last scene in the day and we had to do the last shot where Sharon kisses Scamarcio,” he said. “Suddenly, she realized that together with all the photographers there was also a TV cameraman who was filming. She immediately disappeared. We looked for her everywhere, but nothing! Then my brother received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager: she wouldn’t come back on the set until the photographers and especially that damned TV cameramen had gone away. Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car, instead of coming to ask us directly.”
But despite the alleged difficulties, the director says he would not necessarily turn down another opportunity to collaborate with the actress. “By the way,” he said, “it is not absolutely true that I would never work with her again.”
Actress Cristiana Capotondi also commented on Stone’s behavior at the conference: “To witness the Hollywood diva-ism clashing up against the craftsmanship of the Avati brothers was an unforgettable experience,” she said. “The funniest thing was when she was going shopping for her character with the production’s credit card. She had a production runner following her, at a distance, to tell Antonio which shops she was going into. When the runner called to say that she was going into Bulgari, Antonio almost fainted.”
When reached for comment, Stone’s rep Cindi Berger told The Hollywood Reporter, “None of this is true. Ms. Stone is the consummate professional.”
Whoa. I mean, is this surprising? Not at all. Remember what her kids’ former nanny had to say about her? Remember how Sharon’s ex-husband couldn’t get away from her fast enough? That being said, I guess I’m surprised by the strident bitchiness of these producers. Maybe they’re trying to drum up publicity for their movie, which I had never heard of before today. But really – I tend to think most actresses are like this. Especially “American actresses who are slightly declining.” But seriously, why does anyone care about Sharon as an actress? She sucks.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.
File this under ‘duh’.
Yes, least shocking news of the day.
Right? I mean, go back to the 90s and you’ll find stories like this.
THIS is the best they could come up with for what a diva she is? Pretty feeble.
I haven’t worked with a famous actress, but I’ve been a live-in nanny, and regular people with money can be at least as much a diva as an actress could be.
If YOU were as famous as Stone, wouldn’t you be a bit of a diva?
Now these are the kind of celeb gossip stories that make it all worthwhile….. #goodcleanfun
I think Stone’s diva is obvious but this seems lame. All that complaining but the producer would work with her again? Just deal with it then and quit whining and angling for controversy to get publicity.
I think Stone was perfect as Ginger in Casino and don’t agree that any actress could have been. Stone played the role quite well , even her trademark frantic bad acting was beneficial — it fit her con artist character.
I agree with everything you said on both counts and I’ll add that the real Ginger was pretty much a dead ringer for Stone.
I agree 100% on both counts. Stone was perfect as Ginger and Stone held her own on screen with both Deniro and Pesci.
Well, to be fair… I can only compare behaviours that I have observed in the media through the years, in terms of what is expected and allowed of actresses, but I’d say the American and Italian way of dealing with divas can be quite different.
It seems nowadays people in the business in Italy tend to only accept diva behaviour from very well established women with a somewhat long and solid career (and of course, from most mediocre male actors who’ve been in at least one movie). Actresses here only seem to be allowed extravagant behaviour and big egos if they have reached a Sofia Loren status of notoriety (they may be bad mouthed for their shenanigans, but quietly); it is very unusual to see a young actress who becomes famous being instantly allowed demands and attitudes (whereas, from what I read, it can happen in HW). The Italian business is still very much a man’s world: if you want to succeed you better be a very, very talented woman and have the most humble attitude in town.
It is not that surprising to hear comments like that from unsatisfied producers (public bashing of behaviour deemed unacceptable is a thing here), although I am pretty sure they ARE also trying to drum up noise for the movie; I don’t think they ever intended for such a small production to be internationally renown, but you never know.
I agree with your comments as well. Maybe I missed it, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest that she was less than professional in working with her over the years.
Yeah, this “film” and the 2 brothers sound pretty weak.
“Everyday on the set I was telling her: ‘But do you realize that you are Sharon Stone because of that day when you crossed your legs?’”
To me it says the creepy director wanted to bring up Stone’s vadge flashing as a reason for her stardom… every day… on set… which is creepy and weird
What condescending, rude, unprofessional remarks by these people. I don’t care if she was a diva. Telling her every day she was only who she was because of crossing her legs? “Slightly declining?” Up yours, buddy. #teamSharon
That’s exactly what I was about to say. What part of “Everyday on the set I was telling her: ‘But do you realize that you are Sharon Stone because of that day when you crossed your legs?’”” is designed to make for smooth communication and pleasant interpersonal relations?
And the guy’s name is Pupi. I speak Italian, as it happens, and I’m trying to figure how that would sound when said in Italian. Poo-pi? Something like that. Something that sounds suspiciously like “poopy.”
That comment about her been Sharon stone because of that day she crossed her legs. Didn’t really gel with me either.
Word. I’d be a pissy diva too if some ass was saying that to me every damn day. Seesh.
Everyone is so delicate! It’s just a different type of humor. He probably just wanted to make her feel less important, who knows but I understand that way, I get it.
So agree with you- and if he said that rude comment to her face, if I was her, I would have bought the whole Bulgari store on his card! I get not liking an actress’ acting- but really don’t see anyone else in Casino but her.
Exactly. What an asshat. He might as well have said “Nice vagina. That’s what we haired you for.” That attitude from my boss would make me be difficult, too.
This is why I love Celebitchy. Comments that go to the heart of a matter. And this particular matter is some obvious misogyny. “Slightly declining” my ass. The producer’s comments say much more about him than they do about her.
To think that scene was so controversial when the movie came out. Compare it to what goes on today and it’s really nothing. Basic Instinct is one of my all time favorites, and I still get a chill when the black screen comes back at the end and the camera pans down to the ice pick below the bed.
Yeah, they couldn’t hide the misogyny .
Barbra Streisand said it best in her speech:
Most people will focus on the ‘diva’ Stone but these people knew what they bargained for. They call her an icon and then a declining star almost in one breath but they wanted her and treated her like a star because that’s how she wants to be treated and they knew it. They could’ve gone with somebody else during the negotiations but they didn’t. It’s like when people complain about Lohan AFTER hiring her, whatever…Besides, she’s been in the industry for long enough to know that if you don’t demand things as a woman, they will walk all over you. Heck they even do it when you’re not submissive. Why shouldn’t she take advantage of her position when they insulted her every single day!?
and she doesn’t suck as an actress either.
Yes, Good Names. I’m sure Sharon Stone is a pain in the ass but any ‘Diva’ behavior here sounds justified. What a horrible guy saying all this stuff–purely for publicity for his shitty film. I’m sure Sharon was disgusted by this guy. Also, what sort of fly-by-night operation lets the actors go shopping for their own wardrobes? This sounds like a bunch of bull.
The article says more about these men and their sexism than it does about Stone. I can’t blame her for reacting that way, sounds like she was in a smarmy environment.
Of course she is! That’s one of the things I love about Sharon Stone … her non-apologetic, b$tchy Diva-ness. I don’t shade a woman for being a Diva if the title is well-deserved. Sharon is beautiful, talented, sexy, smart as heck, confident, and stylish. She OWNS her Diva title. 🙂
Good on her!
This, 100%! Love her.
I knew a producer who worked with her in the 90s. i remember him using a lot of profanity to describe the experience. I never thought she was a good actress, either, but with all her hype back then, she probably would have gone a lot farther if her personality hadn’t gotten in the way.
In other news, it’s being reported that the sky is, in fact, blue.
Also, scientists have confirmed that water is wet.
I never thought Sharon was a very good actress…beautiful, yes, talented, no! This sounds horrible, but I always assumed she slept her way to her roles…She reminds me of Amber Heard, gorgeous, but no talent….at least Amber is smart enough to glob on to a rich, older man…
Funny no one ever would says a man ‘slept his way to his roles.’
+1 I hate when people say this. There is a lot of men that don’t have that much talent and keeps getting hired for all sorts of movies over and over again not ONCE do anyone say “He slept his way to roles” stop this bs. If you don’t like her acting or her that’s fine but leave it at that. This constant put down of women who have had/have any success in the industry is gross.
Men most definitely do sleep their way to roles. When men have as much power in the process as they do in moviemaking, you can guarantee that there’s a lot of favors being traded thusly.
And people aren’t implying that Heard has slept with producers/directors/whatnot. They’re saying she gets roles based on the higher profile and extensive connections afforded her through her significantly more auccessful fiance. Connections she would never make otherwise. You could also say the same about someone like Dean McDermott – he’d never get a job if it wasn’t for who he as married to.
Wow, so unprofessional! I know she’s a ‘meh’ actress but I’m actually surprised by her behaviour..
Everyone in this story comes across as unprofessional! They wrote the part for her, but then complained when she took it? They knew who/what they were getting!
She may be a diva and a bitch at times, but I am still Team Sharon for many reasons.
But let me just say regarding the remark her husband couldn’t get away fast enough, don’t go praising him too quickly. I think he’s a jerk.
Sharon has been through a lot with her brain aneurysm that almost killed her. She is a tireless supporter for AIDS. She has never shied away from aging, and does interviews for MORE, AARP, magazines many age appropriate actresses shy away from because of the stigma. She has taken roles where she looks older, with no makeup like the Linda Lovelace movie. She’s a diva, but I admire many things about her, which is her honesty about the sad parts of her life, not painting everything as rosy. I
“Her brain hemorrhage — doctors were unable to determine the cause — occurred 15 months later. She spent the next eight months in bed. “I came out of the hospital with short- and long-term memory loss,” says Stone. “My lower left leg was numb. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear. The side of my face was falling down. I thought, ‘I’ll never be pretty again. Who’s going to want to be around me?’ ”
Her arduous recovery period was complicated by problems in her marriage. Stone says she can’t pinpoint when they began nor what caused them. “He just didn’t see me, talk to me, look at me,” she says of Bronstein. She now believes “his initial intention with me was probably corrupt. I was suckered. I’m embarrassed to say that.”
She talked about what a lonely time that was with a difficult recovery and no true emotional support from her husband. She had a judge change the split custody arrangement she had with her husband later on during a custody battle on because they live in two different parts of the state to primary to the husband because Sharon was an actress and Bronson had a new wife at home.. Talk about bias and heartache over that, but she chose not to show all the pain to her son and make him suffer but put his happiness first when together no matter how bitter she was. There’s bad about Sharon but there is a lot of good.
All of this and she is also extremely intelligent and interested in philanthropy. She’s also a curious foodie, which endears me to her. She used to meet with the chef I worked for to talk food and wine, it was sweet.
I agree @Jayna. Stone is a complicated woman, and not always a nice or a ‘good’ person. But she is intelligent and I’ve read interviews with her that were very interesting and in which she was willing to be honest about her experiences. I remember the interview she gave several years after the breakup with Bronstein. She told how, for a long time, she hid her heartache about losing him because she wanted to appear strong and invulnerable. But she had gradually come to realize that it was okay for her to admit that she had loved Bronstein very much even though he didn’t love her as much in return (to the point of carrying on a relationship with another woman for years while he was still together with Stone).
By the way, Jayna, I really like how you back up your comments with what you have read about celebrities over the years!
That’s AWFUL. I’ve never thought of her as much of an actress (although very beautiful), but she is one strong woman. I have a greater respect for her now.
I recall she caused a lot of problems over the custody arrangement. She’s not exactly the sweetie you think she is…. She has made the oddest statements about other things over the years. Maybe brain damage during her illness?
Good for you for mentioning the positives. That director sounds like a jerk.
First, those Pupi guys are simply rude. THEY wanted her, they got her- and then they blame her for being her. Ridiculous. And that Italian actress obviously also needs some publicity. I always had mixed feelings about Sharon. As an actress, she’s not a great talent. De Niro & Pesci lifted her up in ‘Casino’, and the rest is pretty much forgettable. I believe she’s struggling with getting older, and I also think she’s had some work done, just very intelligently. I was actually surprised when she took this Argentinian male model as a lover, but it showed her insecurities regarding aging, and lack of work offers. I don’t really dislike her, just there is a strange mix of arrogance and insecurity here, and I can fully believe she can be difficult to work/be with.
Did something happen to her leg? 1st pic.
I was going to say the same thing…looks like she’s missing one!
Slightly declining. wow they’re kind.
Confession time: I don’t think Naomi Watts is all that great. I think that she’s a perfectly good actress, but I never see a movie of hers and say ‘No one else could’ve played that role!’….she’s never really the standout for me. I don’t think she has any charisma.
Sorry, but I LOVE watching Sharon Stone in movies. I enjoy her acting. And I think she has kickass personal style. Screw those misogynist Italian producers.
I’d be a diva bitch too if some Eurotrash told me “but do you do realize that you are Sharon Stone because of that day you crossed your legs.”
What an a–hole.
I am an Italian American. I would never go to Italy. Their disregard for Americans and their treatment of our celebrities, be they rock stars or whomever, is ridiculous. What do they expect for their as you say “low budget” films? They are the most bitchy, jealous group of creeps alive. Really, the “Avati” brothers were shocked at where she shopped with their credit card, ha ha? MEOW! Go with an Italian actress instead next time you need a “declining actress, Italy is full of them and they are as cheap as the rest of the Italians, penny pinching duds that they are.
This sounds like a made-for-tv movie, not a cinematic release… made-for-tv movies in Italy are usually low-budget, low.quality affairs, nothing like HBO… the other actors are local teen idols, Pupi Avati is kinda over the hill, albeit something of a local critics’ darling (but he has never been a major author like Fellini or Antonioni) — and shaming the classless, brash American is a cheap but typical promotion strategy here, sadly enough.
My mother had a co-worker that went to high school with Sharon Stone. She said that she was full of herself and a bit of a tart, too.
I love that Sharon Stone is an unapologetic diva.
I also love that I will never ever have to deal with her.
The thing with Sharon Stone’s acting is that you never forget it’s Sharon Stone. That’s not good.
I like Sharon, she is a smart, unapologetic diva. She does a great deal of philanthropy which I like. So Team Sharon.
Ah, vacation, we look forward to a few glorious days away from the nine to five.
What I have learned is that cost is not always an indicator of performance.
This seems couterintuitive at very first, but
you want to have the heaviest things at the major of the backpack so that the
fat is distributed evenly straight down your back and onto your hips, rather than pulling on your spine.
Besides the cultural difference (blunter assessment of your actors in public in Italy)- English is not his native language. Either he was speaking Italian and someone translate the text (not necessarily well) or he was speaking English (not necessarily with nuance intact, non-natives simplify to match their abilities and get the tone wrong often, and so come across as less diplomatic than if they were speaking their native language). But I do think they didn’t expect the diva behavior – she accepted the job, which must not have paid much. They figured she was a well known actress but not doing much lately, otherwise she wouldn’t have considered it. She apparently ticked them off even during the negotiations with her ignorance that Italy does indeed have running water and toilets…. Has she ever been in Italy before?
Anyway, sounds like her usual peculiarities were compounded by a serious language barrier, even though everybody involved thought they could speak English. Natives have enough trouble understanding each other, once you cross cultural borders- it’s even worse.
I agree regarding the language thing. But Sharon has been to Italy MANY times before, yachting in Positano, fashion shows Versace, fashion week Milano, with the boys on vacation in Venice etc.- so I really wonder about the negotiation part.
Everyday on the set I was telling her: ‘But do you realize that you are Sharon Stone because of that day when you crossed your legs?’”
I think I’d do violence to someone who said this to me once, much less all the time. Thank you for reducing me to my vulva, you cretin.