‘I was laughed out’ - Sharon Stone reveals she was turned down after pitching a Barbie movie

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18 Jan 2024, 10:47

(L-R) Sharon Stone, Barbie (2023) poster

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American actress Sharon Stone has admitted she once pitched an idea for a Barbie movie long before Margot Robbie’s 2023 blockbuster hit. 

The Basic Instinct star was seemingly way ahead of the curve when she tried to pitch a movie around the beloved doll back in the 90s, with no success. 

Margot was at the helm of the Barbie movie not just as the titular toy but also as part of the production team, with Greta Gerwig in as both director and writer. 

Barbie was 2023’s highest grossing film and is about to continue an impressive run through awards season, but for Sharon, no one was willing to take that chance thirty years earlier. 

The Oscar-nominated star took to Instagram to share praise of Barbie star America Ferrera’s #SeeHer award acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this month. 

She wrote: “I was laughed out [of] the studio when i came w the Barbie idea in the 90s w the support of the head of Barbie.”

Giving the Barbie cast and crew their plaudits, Sharon added: “How far we’ve come thank you ladies for your courage and endurance.”

Sharon’s attempt at a movie based on the iconic doll wasn’t the only failed try and getting Barbie on the big screen. 

Both Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway were both attached to Barbie films, but they were pipped to the post when Warner Bros. snapped up the rights in 2018. 

Following the massive success of Barbie, its star Margot recently revealed she’s taking a break from the spotlight.

The star told Deadline she won't be appearing in front of the cameras anytime soon. She said: "This is the longest I haven't acted on a set because we finished Barbie in October of 2022," Robbie revealed.

"So, it's already been more than a year since I was on set as an actor, and other than Covid, that's the first time that's ever happened. Everyone’s like, ‘Are you having a break?’ And I’m like, ‘You do know I’m a producer, right? We don’t get a break'.”

She added: "I also think everyone’s probably sick of the sight of me for now. I should probably disappear from screens for a while.

“Honestly, if I did another movie too soon, people would say, ‘Her again? We just did a whole summer with her. We’re over it.’ I don’t know what I’ll do next, but I hope it’s a little while away.”