See the Cast of ‘Basic Instinct’ Then and Now
Back in 1992, director Paul Verhoeven unleashed ‘Basic Instinct,’ starring Sharon Stone as a writer, psychologist, and the prime suspect in a murder investigation, who strikes up an affair with the detective investigating the case, played by Michael Douglas. Originally given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, the steamy thriller was a massive success and was praised for its groundbreaking depiction of sex in mainstream cinema. ‘Basic Instinct’ became so iconic that in 2006, Sharon Stone starred in a sequel without Verhoeven’s involvement — though it was a critical and commercial failure. Twenty-two years later, we’re revisiting the cast of this modern neo-noir classic to see what they’re up to now.
Michael Douglas, Detective Nick Curran
Then: Michael Douglas, who was coming off of starring roles in ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘Wall Street,’ played Detective Nick Curran, who begins an affair with his prime suspect while investigating the death of a retired rock star.
Now: Over the years, Douglas has also starred in ‘Falling Down,’ ‘The Game,’ ‘Traffic,’ and he reprised the role of Gordon Gekko for ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.’ In recent years, he’s appeared in the Steven Soderbergh films ‘Haywire’ and ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal of Liberace in the latter. He’s been married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000, and most recently appeared in the film ‘Last Vegas.’ Up next, you can see Douglas in the films ‘And So It Goes,’ ‘The Reach,’ and opposite Paul Rudd in Marvel’s upcoming superhero movie ‘Ant-Man.’
Sharon Stone, Catherine Tramell
Then: Sharon Stone, who was best known for appearing previously in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Total Recall,’ reunited with the director for the role of Catherine Tramell, an author and psychologist accused of committing murder in a fashion eerily similar to the circumstances in one of her novels.
Now: Stone went on to appear in films like ‘Sliver,’ ‘The Quick and the Dead,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Catwoman,’ and ‘Alpha Dog.’ In 2006, she reprised the role of Tramell for ‘Basic Instinct 2,’ which was made without the involvement of Verhoeven and totally flopped, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. In 2010, Stone appeared on a handful of ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ episodes, and more recently, she’s had roles in ‘Lovelace’ and ‘Fading Gigolo.’ You can see her next in the upcoming film ‘Gods Behaving Badly,’ and later in ‘American Ultra’ with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
George Dzundza, Detective Gus Moran
Then: George Dzundza played Detective Gus Moran, Nick’s partner on the case. Dzundza previously had a recurring role on ‘Law and Order’ and appeared in the film ‘The Butcher’s Wife.’
Now: Since then, Dzundza has lent his voice to both ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and ‘Superman: The Animated Series,’ and he had a recurring role on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (pictured above right) from 2005 to 2007. He’s also appeared in the films ‘Crimson Tide,’ ‘Dangerous Minds,’ ‘Species II,’ and ‘City by the Sea.’ In 2009, he lent his voice to the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, and in 2010, he appeared in the Rob Schneider film ‘The Chosen One,’ but he hasn’t done anything lately.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dr. Beth Garner
Then: Jeanne Tripplehorn made her big screen debut as Dr. Beth Garner, Nick’s psychologist with whom he’s also having an affair. Tripplehorn had also appeared on Ben Stiller’s short-lived ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ on Fox.
Now: The actress had a small role in Stiller’s directorial debut, ‘Reality Bites,’ and went on to star in ‘Waterworld,’ ‘Sliding Doors,’ ‘Very Bad Things,’ and ‘Swept Away.’ But she’s perhaps best known for playing the role of Barbara Henrickson on the HBO series ‘Big Love,’ which ran from 2006 to 2011. She also played Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the HBO film ‘Grey Gardens,’ and has recently guest starred on ‘New Girl.’ Currently, Tripplehorn stars on the TV series ‘Criminal Minds.’
Leilani Sarelle, Roxanne Hardy
Then: Leilani Sarelle, who previously appeared in ‘Days of Thunder’ with Tom Cruise, played Roxanne Hardy, Catherine’s lesbian lover.
Now: Sarelle also appeared in the ’90s films ‘The Harvest’ and ‘Breach of Trust,’ and in a couple of made-for-TV movies before taking a break from acting for a while. She resurfaced in the aughts, appearing on shows like ‘The Unit,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ and ‘Glee,’ and has appeared in the films ‘For the Love of Money’ and ’5 Hour Friends.’ From 1991 to 2003, she was married to actor Miguel Ferrer, who starred in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘RoboCop.’
Chelcie Ross, Captain Talcott
Then: Chelcie Ross played police Captain Talcott. Ross was previously known for roles in ‘Major League,’ ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ and ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.’
Now: Ross went on to star in ‘Rudy,’ ‘A Simple Plan,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘The Majestic,’ and ‘Drag Me to Hell.’ Nowadays, he’s also well known for playing Conrad Hilton on ‘Mad Men’ back in season 3. More recently, he’s starred in the films ‘The Dilemma,’ ‘At Any Price,’ and ‘Trouble with the Curve.’
Wayne Knight, John Correli
Then: Wayne Knight played John Correli, the man who administers the lie detector test to Catherine during the film’s most infamous scene. Knight had previously appeared in the films ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘JFK,’ and in 1992, he had just started his run on ‘Seinfeld’ as Jerry’s recurring nemesis, Newman.
Now: Knight’s also been known for his roles in ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Heat,’ and ‘Space Jam,’ and for lending his voice to the role of Al, the owner of Al’s Toy Barn in Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 2.’ He played Newman on ‘Seinfeld’ until the show ended in 1998, and he also starred on the sitcom ’3rd Rock from the Sun’ as Don Orville, a cop and boyfriend of Kristen Johnston’s character. Knight guest starred on ‘Seinfeld’ creator Larry David’s HBO series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and currently stars on the TV Land series ‘The Exes.’ This year, he reprised the role of Newman for an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.’