| Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction Production Notes
Tagline: Everything interesting begins in the mind.
Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.
Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell relocates from San Francisco to London and quickly finds herself on the wrong side of the law. David Morrissey plays a criminal psychologist assigned the task of evaluating her by Scotland Yard. She may finally have met her match in the shrink.
In the sexy and sleek psychological thriller Basic Instinct 2, after re-locating from San Francisco to London, best-selling crime novelist Catherine Trammel (Sharon Stone) once again finds herself on the wrong side of the law.
Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey), a respected London criminal psychiatrist, is brought in by Scotland Yard detective Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) to perform a psychiatric profile and evaluation of Tramell following the mysterious death of a top sports star.
Physically drawn to Tramell and mentally intrigued by her, Glass, against the advice of his mentor, Dr. Milena Gardosh (Charlotte Rampling), is quickly sucked into her web of lies and seduction. The professional boundaries between Glass and Tramell are obliterated when she uncovers his basic instincts. A deadly battle of wits ensues, climaxing as Glass faces a choice that will change both their lives forever.
Celebrated London psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey) is at the top of his game. Charismatic and successful, he has a thriving practice, he is highly respected by his peers and his academic articles win him praise and accolades.
When Detective Superintendent Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) asks Glass to evaluate a beautiful and captivating woman who has been linked to the mysterious death of a famous sports star, his entire world is turned upside down.
The woman in question is Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a best-selling American crime novelist whose grisly fictional crimes take place in real life with alarming frequency.
The magnetism between the two is immediate and Glass is intrigued by Catherine both mentally and physically. Quickly sucked into her web of lies and seduction, Glass’ own basic instincts are uncovered as professional boundaries are obliterated.
As people around him are murdered one by one, a deadly battle of wits ensues between Glass and Tramell, leading to a startling climax in which he must make a choice that will change both of their lives forever.
A slick psychological thriller, Basic Instinct 2, explores what happens when the darker side of human nature is uncovered. Has the intelligent, seductive and manipulative Tramell finally met her match?
Basic Instinct 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the worldwide smash hit Basic Instinct, which grossed more than $350 million at the box office. Set in contemporary London, the film was shot at Pinewood Studios and on location in the UK, with Sharon Stone reprising the role that put her on the road to international superstardom in 1992, that of seductive novelist Catherine Tramell.
David Morrissey, one of the U.K.’s most versatile and respected acting talents, portrays Dr. Michael Glass, a brilliant and charismatic psychiatrist who becomes entangled in Catherine’s erotic and deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
Joining Stone and Morrissey in the cast are David Thewlis (Kingdom of Heaven, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) as Scotland Yard’s Detective Superintendent Roy Washburn, Charlotte Rampling (Spy Game, The Wings of the Dove) in the role of Milena Gardosh and Hugh Dancy (Shooting Dogs, King Arthur, Black Hawk Down) as journalist Adam Tower.
| Director Michael Caton-Jones and Sharon Stone on the set of Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.
The History Of Basic Instinct 2
Original plans for a sequel to the box office smash hit Basic Instinct started around eight years ago. “We went to the New York-based husband and wife writing team of Leora Barish & Henry Bean who came up with this idea that Catherine Tramell would get involved with a psychiatrist,” says producer Mario Kassar. “We thought it was a really compelling concept. We originally thought we’d do it in New York, then we figured it might be interesting to change it to a European city, so it was eventually changed to London”.
Kassar recalls the early days when Sharon Stone won the role that set her on the road to movie stardom, “Sharon worked very hard to secure the role of Catherine Tramell in the original Basic Instinct. You had the combination of Michael Douglas starring and Paul Verhoeven directing, and back then everyone was looking for an established star name for the female lead. However, many actresses were not prepared to undress. Verhoeven tested Sharon for the role and she looked exactly like Kim Novak in Vertigo and everyone who saw the tape agreed that she was perfect. She won the role, and Catherine was born. When we took the movie to Cannes, Sharon says that she went up the red carpet as an actress and a movie star.”
For the sequel, Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones was chosen, a decision Stone favored, having responded strongly to his earlier work like the acclaimed Scandal, another film with erotic overtones. “Michael’s very organic in the way he works,” says Kassar. “He’s natural, low-key and very stylized. His movies always have a certain look. He’s also very good at getting the performances out of his actors, because they like him so much and work hard to please him.
Producer Joel B. Michaels was equally enthusiastic. “Michael delivers and then he delivers some more. He has a really good eye and he's just amazing with actors. I’m actually fascinated with the way he works with them. He has a singular technique for extracting very solid and complex performances. All good directors have to tap into the people they're working with and different actors require different treatment in order to get them relaxed and comfortable enough to draw good performances from them. Michael excels at that.”
Casting the Movie
Having decided to shoot the movie in London, Caton-Jones’ reputation as an “actor’s director” put the production in a good position to attract the cream ofBritain’s acting talent. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Liverpool-born actor David Morrissey has built a roster of critically acclaimed film, TV and theater roles in recent years, and Caton-Jones thought him an ideal fit to portray the clean-cut doctor who falls victim to Catherine Tramell’s machinations.
“David had totally the right upstanding look,” says producer Kassar. “On the surface he is the opposite of all the bizarre things that go on in Catherine’s psyche. As he slowly he falls under her spell, he is transported to that dark place you only go to when morbid curiosity gets the better of you.”
“The chemistry between Sharon and David was evident from the outset,” adds producer Michaels. Sharon responded to him immediately.”
Kassar and Michaels admit they’ve both been itching to do a movie with veteran British actress Charlotte Rampling for more than 20 years, “Finally we got her!” says Kassar. “Charlotte adds so much to a movie and she’s played so many memorable characters over the years.”
“I’ve been a big fan of Charlotte Rampling’s for a long time, so I was thrilled when Michael said that he wanted her,” says Michaels. “As a director, he has a great eye and always casts his films beautifully, so we all have him to thank for bringing Charlotte to the film. She's a very elegant and intelligent woman and the absolute epitome of professionalism. She was completely charming and letter perfect every day she came to work.”
As for the leading lady, says Michaels, “I love Sharon. Who doesn’t? She’s very smart and savvy and she really knows this character. After all, she invented Catherine with her performance in Basic Instinct.”