Sharon Stone paid for Leonardo DiCaprio”s salary from her personal pocket to rent him for her 1995 film “The Quick and the Dead”, the actor has revealed in her memoir “The Beauty of Living Twice”. The guide, during which the actor talks about her life and profession in Hollywood, was launched in the US on Tuesday.
In the memoir, the 63-year-old actor displays on all the pieces, from her painful childhood in Pennsylvania to movies akin to erotic thriller “Basic Instinct” and Martin Scorsese’s mobster epic “Casino”, which had earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award.
“The Quick and the Dead”, which was directed by Sam Raimi, marked a serious second in Stone”s profession as she was additionally co-producing the movie apart from headlining it.
It featured Stone as Ellen, a gunfighter who relocates to a rural city in the Old West and clashes with its chief (Gene Hackman) to avenge her father”s demise. During the course of the film, she befriends DiCaprio”s character, merely referred to as The Kid.
Talking about the film, Stone wrote in the guide that she and her fellow producers auditioned a number of younger actors for the position of The Kid, reported IndieWire.
“This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition. In my opinion he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene,” Stone recalled.
However, the studio TriStar Pictures wasn”t eager on hiring DiCaprio, who, regardless of incomes an Oscar nod for “What”s Eating Gilbert Grape”, was nonetheless not a lot recognized in Hollywood.
“Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?” got here the reply from the studio.
“The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did,” Stone wrote.
Not simply DiCaprio, Stone revealed that she needed to struggle the studio for hiring Raimi as properly.
The actor stated that Raimi”s low-budget horror motion pictures — “The Evil Dead I” and “Army of Darkness” — led the studio to consider that he was a “D-movie director”.
Stone wrote that she instructed TriStar that Raimi “would work nearly for free as an enticement” after which the studio employed him.
Talking about her expertise as a producer, the actor stated, “Getting a producer credit as an actress is often thought of in my business as a ”vanity deal” meaning they pay you for the job but shut the f**k up and stay out of the way.”
“I won”t accept a vanity deal and let them know that upfront. This is illegal, I say, and I like to work within the law. That gets a lot of silence and not a lot of joy on the other end,” she added.
Last yr, actor Russell Crowe, who featured in “The Quick and the Dead” as Stone”s love curiosity, had stated that he owed his profession to the “Basic Instinct” star.
During his look on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Crowe had revealed that Stone fought exhausting with the studio to forged him in the film.
“She was in a sword struggle with the male producers on the movie, and she put her foot down and stated, ”I’m going to rent the particular person I need to rent as the love curiosity sort of factor”.
“If it wasn’t her for her strength of commitment, I don’t know how long it might have been before I got an American movie. I’ve got a lot to thank her for,” Crowe had stated.