Actress Sharon Stone asked to join HBO’s “The Flight Attendant” for season two, and leading lady Kaley Cuoco got “b—h slapped” by the “Basic Instinct” star for hiring her.
In a Monday appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Cuoco explained how Stone was cast in the show about a boozy flight attendant turned CIA informant.
“She was a fan of the show. She loved Season 1 and heard we were casting my mom and she called casting herself and said, ‘I’d love to do this.’” Cuoco remarked. “And casting said we had a voicemail from Sharon Stone…I was like this can’t be real and found out it was.”
As for the slap, Cuoco said it wasn’t called for in the script, when the duo filmed a “very emotional” scene that involved a lot of crying.
“Before we started the scene she sat me down and said, ‘Hey, how do you feel about me touching you in this scene?’ I said, ‘Whatever you want to do Sharon. You are Sharon Stone. You do what you want to do. I’m just so happy you’re here.” She goes ‘Great,'” Cuoco detailed.
“The Big Bang” star wasn’t prepared for the big hit she was about to take when Stone ad libbed an assault on her.
“We do the take and it’s this very long emotional scene and at the end of the scene she’s supposed to come up and say something very serious to me and walk out,” she continued. “She’s supposed to say ‘I like you but I don’t love you very much.’ She says this line to me and she grabs my face and she whacks me.”
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Cuoco said Stone apologized, but said the action “felt right” for the scene. “I’m like, I just got b—h slapped by Sharon Stone,” she continued.
Cuoco was satisfied that her reaction was “about as real as you could get,” so Stone wouldn’t be repeating the action in the next take, but she hit her a second time. The actress should have learned to duck after taking two hits.
“I’m like, Sharon Stone’s not going to slap me a third time. We got it. [The camera] wasn’t even on me the last take,” she concluded. “We do the take again she gets right in there … She slaps me again. Three times I got slapped.”