NEW YORK — Sex, murder and insanity aren’t the usual ingredients at a charity event, but Sharon Stone proved otherwise at Monday’s U.S. premiere of “Basic Instinct 2,” hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty. An eclectic mix that included Usher, Frédéric Fekkai, Carol Alt and even Joan Collins crowded into AMC Loews Lincoln Square cinemas to watch the 48-year-old star reprise her 1992 role as a man-eating serial killer (and raise money for Stone’s pet project, Concerned Parents for AIDS Research). Stone went even further than her infamous leg-crossing scene, this time baring all as she cavorted and killed amid the requisite orgy scenes. One could only imagine what her rabbi, who was in attendance, would make of it. Some audience members slipped out early from the film, which has been panned by critics — or left even before it began.
At the after party at Mr. Chow, Stone said repeating the character was a challenge. “It was both harder and easier. It was easier, because I’m older, to become more layered and complex. But it was hard going to that scary place,” she said.
While Candace Bushnell, Cynthia Rowley and their husbands took over one corner booth, Iman and Amy Sacco goofed around with a camera and James Lipton plopped next to Denise Rich for some Chinese buffet.
Elizabeth Banks, in town to promote her horror flick “Slither,” admitted to being seduced by Stone. “I love her — she’s just the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. I’m not really a Catherine Zeta-Jones girl. I love the blondes,” she gushed. But she, like others, had missed the film.
Those who stuck it out claimed to have enjoyed it, however. Marjorie Raein, who came with husband Reza, said it was an easily explained phenomenon. “Of course he liked the movie,” she joked. “All men do.”