Home' LOTL : September 2004 Contents Patience Philips (Halle Berry) is a mousy graphic artist with a
cosmetics firm who is murdered after eavesdropping on her
employer's dastardly dermatological conspiracy: the company's
coldcream causes hideous scarring. Patience's body ends up on
a garbage heap where she is revived by the cat community and
awakes with feline powers and a yen for vengeance.
Berry's Catwoman takes on evildoers, including Laurel
Hedare, played by Sharon Stone, who heads the murderous
moisturizer firm. In between wild catfights, Berry is romanced
by cop Benjamin Bratt, who investigates the mysterious
moggie's highjinks. Critics have clawed just about everything in
this cinematic furball. "It's official: Catwoman's a dog,"
crowed one poison pen, and the printed puns have been
moulting thick and fast around what has been described as an
$80-million catnap. Rumors regarding the female co-stars'
catty behaviour on and off set have also circulated.
When the stars first met they looked set to become bosom
buddies having both recently endured messy divorces. Berry
and Stone reportedly swapped marital woes over endless glasses
of merlot and Shazza went as far to request kissing scenes with
her gorgeous co-star. Apparently, Stone, 46, hopeful that the
role would provide her with a sizzling comeback, was keen to
enjoy intimate moments with Berry. But her suggestions were
quashed because of the current "puritanical streak running
through the country". Lamenting the lack of any girl-on-girl
action, Stone told reporters, "That's what you get for having
George Bush as president." She reputedly continued, "Halle's
so beautiful and I wanted to kiss her. I said, 'How can you have
us in the movie and not have us kiss? That's such a waste."
The blonde bombshell, best known for her role as bisexual,
ice-pick wielding murderess Catherine Trammel in Basic
Instinct, claimed she was toning down her hard living and diva-
like antics after her 2001 brain aneurysm. But she seems as
opinionated as ever, telling reporters recently, "I'm at the point
in my life where if you don't want my peaches, don't shake my
tree. I'm into Happy Town, and if you don't want to live in
Happy Town, move, hit the friggin' bricks, baby."
Did Berry reject Stone's peaches? According to gossip
columnist Liz Smith, Berry stated: "Listen, I love women, and I
love to support other women. Sharon had a great, pivotal role;
it made the whole movie better. Am I supposed to object to
that?" But Berry apprently doesn't feel the same way now.
Handling hissing Shazza onset was "a pain in the ass," according
to Berry who has reportedly told producers she would not do a
Catwoman sequel if Stone was signed up as well.
And Stone, who has alledgedly undergone extensive plastic
surgery in preparation for Basic Instinct 2, can't have found
more than skin deep favor with Berry who is outspoken on
cosmetic correction. "I can't believe what people do to
themselves, now. They end up distorted. There is this plastic,
copycat look evolving and that's frightening to me. It's really
insane. Worse, they still have that hole in their soul that led
them to change themselves to begin with."
While some critics have conceded that Stone has the best
moments in a movie that is predicted will end up in the kitty
litter, she's reportedly shr ugged off her promotional duties,
upset that the film's publicity is focused squarely on Berry's
ravishing appearance. Stone refused to join her co-stars for UK
media inter views or European premieres. In the meantiime,
let's hope she gets her way in Basic Insticnt 2 and burns up the
screen with some of her beloved bisexual antics.
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