Sharon Stone has a lot of plans for new projects. Among them: playing Auntie Mame. She wouldn’t say too much about it this past weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival when quizzed by Judy Licht at a public Q&A, but she seems set on it. And with Stone, that means it will happen.
Two other movies are on Stone’s horizons, which I can tell you about: “The Guest Room,” directed by Nancy Savoca; and “Satisfaction,” which is supposed to co-star Chris Evans and Carice van Houten.
At the Q&A, with Licht, the pair sat on the stage of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Facing them in the front row were former mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith. When Licht asked Stone what she thought about President Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize, Guiliani’s body language was priceless. As Stone praised Obama, Giuliani sat with his arms folded so tensely it looked like his head was going to pop off. He did not applaud when Stone talked about patriotism. He and Mrs. G. skipped out early before the hour was up.
Otherwise, Stone ‘ who had a mentoring session with some young actors ‘ was gracious and funny, as usual, and self deprecating. She told a long story about waiting eight months to be approved for her signature role in 1992’s “Basic Instinct.”’ She also plugged AmFar, her favorite charity.
“I was so peculiar my parents didn’t know what to do with me,” Stone told Licht about her early days. She was a bright child, who started college when she was 15, she says. A failure at beauty pageants, she was advised to go into modeling as a path toward acting. It worked. Her first role was a tiny one in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.”
She always loved the leading men of legendary Hollywood like William Powell and Spencer Tracy, she told Licht: “They’re chivalrous and funny and not too politically correct. They still smack a gal on the ass, which I just think is swell. They wear a suit, they have a hat, they drive a car, they have a job. They stand up when you come in the room, say please and thank you. All those old fashioned things go a long way with me.”
P.S. If Matthew Weiner is reading this: I’d write a “Mad Men” for Sharon Stone. She’d be perfect to upset Don Draper’s apple cart.