The Avati brothers aren't enchanted by Sharon Stone's attitude. Pupi and Antonio Avati — who worked with the actress on the upcoming film Golden Boy — are claiming that Stone was a difficult diva on set. The Italian filmmakers went into detail about her alleged outrageous demands during a recent press conference in Rome.
Director Pupi Avati wrote the role of Ludovica, an actress-turned publisher, specifically for 56-year-old Stone. The brothers were surprised when she took the part, but not as shocked as when they met her for the first time. Antonio recalled how her quiet demeanor changed once people started to recognize her aboard a luxury train, where they picked her up.
"Then, step-by-step, she started to feel more and more like Sharon Stone. On this rented train, everybody asked to take a picture with her. And when we arrived at the Tiburtina train station [in Rome] there were already about 30 photographers," the producer said, via The Hollywood Reporter. "We brought her to the most luxurious suite of the Hassler Hotel. The next day on set there were more than 200 paparazzi. There her ego definitively inflated. It is the classic pattern with these American actresses who are slightly declining."
The brothers revealed that the diva-like behavior continued throughout filming until the very last day. In her final scene — where the Oscar nominee was supposed to kiss actor Riccardo Scamarcio — she fled when she spotted a TV cameraman nearby.
"She immediately disappeared. We looked for her everywhere, but nothing! Then my brother received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager: she wouldn't come back on the set until the photographers and especially that damned TV cameramen had gone away," Pupi said. "Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car, instead of coming to ask us directly."
Stone's costar Cristiana Capotondi also chimed in at the press conference. "To witness the Hollywood diva-ism clashing up against the craftsmanship of the Avati brothers was an unforgettable experience," she said. "The funniest thing was when she was going shopping for her character with the production's credit card. She had a production runner following her, at a distance, to tell Antonio which shops she was going into. When the runner called to say that she was going into Bulgari, Antonio almost fainted."
Despite the demands, Pupi surprisingly would still consider teaming up with Stone in the future. "By the way," he said, "it is not absolutely true that I would never work with her again."
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